A R T S • P R E V I E W  : :  Summer Culture 2022

Sand Hill Beach, Scituate, MA, image by McGrathPR

McGRATHPR.com – Summer will swiftly arrive throughout Metro Boston, the South Shore and Cape Cod regions, with plenty of incredible opportunities to enjoy the arts, entertainment and culture.  Here’s so much of what’s in store for summer 2022:

SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT on the South Shore and Cape Cod

Jon & Juli Finn

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Performing artists Juli and Jon Finn, courtesy image

Tribute Album Release Party

Thursday, June 8, 8 pm

The Cave at The Red Lion Inn, 71 S. Main St., Cohasset

Admission is $20

Vastly accomplished local musicians Juli and Jon Finn celebrate their new album Tribute, an amalgamation of Bonnie Raitt covers in homage to the celebrity, and a Juli Finn original. The band for the newly released EP will perform the entire album and originals, with Juli and Jon Finn on guitar and vocals, Joe Santerre, bass guitar, Larry Finn, drums and Rich Cesarini, keys. “Dig Deep,” the sole original track among the album’s array of covers, originated from Finns’ album research explored in Raitt’s own interview conversations.

Tribute offers an eclectic mix of Raitt’s cover tracks, including “Give it Up or Let Me Go” (Bonnie Raitt), “Love Me Like a Man” (Chris Smither), “Angel from Montgomery” (John Prine), “Walking Blues” (Robert Johnson) and Juli Finn’s original “Dig Deep”, a songwriter publishing premiere.

Singer/songwriter Juli Finn and Grammy® nominated performing/recording artist Jon Finn often engage in the music they make uniquely together, a captivating take on jazz, blues, pop and classical, covers and originals, in an organic mix of styles, songs and interpretation. Both performing artists have appeared the world over in such prestigious concert venues as Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, Seattle’s Sky Church, Portland’s Roseland Theater and many more. The duo also performs as part of other ensembles, including The Jon Finn Group (established in 1988), The Experts (70’s cover band), and sit in with other local artists.

Tribute is now available on all streaming platforms. The album is produced by Jon and Juli Finn with Jeff Largent, sound engineer, Dave Shaheen and Charlie Hollis, videographers, and cover art by Rachel Turner of Visual Solutions.

Tickets are available at exploretock.com/thetavernattheredlioninn/event/341120/jon-juli-finn-a-tribute-to-bonnie-raitt. For more information about The Red Lion Inn, visit redlioninn1704.com. For more information about The Finns, visit julifinn.com/jon-and-juli-jazzy-bluesy

Juli Finn, courtesy image

Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive, Berklee College of Music

July 9 – August 12

For ages 15+ up

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Juli Finn is a featured educator at this summer’s Aspire Performance Intensive at Berklee College of Music, teaching private guitar and songwriting curriculum.  Aspire is the world’s most comprehensive summer music performance program. From one-on-one instruction with Berklee’s renowned faculty to a rigorous curriculum offering college credit, this immersive program enhances instrumental or vocal performance mastery. Students learn how to groove in a band, develop improvisational and reading skills, and improve technique in weekly private lessons. They also explore facets of the music industry such as songwriting, music production, music business, music therapy and more through elective coursework.  Students live on campus for the program for a completely immersive learning experience. Notable alumni include Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, and Betty Who, among the many Aspire alumni who have gone on to have successful music careers. 

Songwriting Workshop

Session 1:  June 21-25; Session 2: June 27-July 1

For ages 15+ up

berklee.edu/summer/programs/songwriting

Juli Finn is a featured educator at this summer’s Songwriting Workshop at Berklee College of music, teaching songwriter ensembles and guitar for songwriters workshops.  Students are immersed in the art of songwriting and discover effective melody, rhythm, harmony, and lyrical techniques. The one- or two-week program offers expert support and feedback on  original student material from current industry professionals while learning tips and tricks for being successful in today’s music industry.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus

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Pilgrim Festival Singers in concert, image by Denise Maccaferri

American Vignettes Summer Concert Series

Friday, June 17, 7:30 pm, First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate

Saturday, June 18, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 254 Main Street, Plympton

Saturday, June 25, 7:30 pm, Central Congregational Church, 2 Webster Street, Middleborough

Sunday, June 26, 7:30 pm, St. Bonaventure Parish, 801 State Road, Plymouth

$10 general admission, available at the door or online at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org 

Conducted by William B. Richter, with piano accompaniment by Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, PFC’s artistic directors

Musical theater might be said to have been invented in our country, and, in the last hundred years there have been countless productions, many of which focused on American life. Considering the wide range of choice, PFC has selected an “American Vignettes” program of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”, and Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story”. And, in honor of the late Stephen Sondheim’s immense contribution to musical theater, we’ll perform a special tribute “Sondheim! A Choral Celebration”, which includes many of his best-known songs. Audiences will revel in the songs “Oklahoma,” “76 Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” “Maria,” “There’s a Place for Us,” “Comedy Tonight,” and “Send in the Clowns,” as well as many others. Talented soloists are drawn from the ensemble. A musical theater lovers’ dream come true!

South Shore Ballet Theatre

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Summer Ballet Camp Young Dancers Program

Monday through Friday, June 13-17, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Ages 4.5 to 6 $175/week or $35/day

Daily ballet class in addition to art, music, French and stretch classes.  Students receive personalized, professional instruction adhering to all CDC guidelines.

Summer Ballet Intensive

July 5 through 8, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ages 13+ up $75/day, $300/week

Guest faculty provide daily ballet class plus variations.  Students receive personalized, professional instruction adhering to all CDC guidelines.

Summer Dance Program

Monday through Friday, July 11 – 29; 9 am – 2:30 pm

Ages 7 to 18 $110/day, $550/week

Guest faculty each week provide daily ballet class plus variations, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, yoga, stretch and strengthening, including an end of program performance on July 29.  Students receive personalized, professional instruction adhering to all CDC guidelines.

One-Week Adult Program

June 13 through 17, 9:30 – 11:30 am, $265/week

Faculty provide ballet, modern or repertoire, culminating with an in-house performance on July 17.  Students receive personalized, professional instruction adhering to all CDC guidelines.

For more information about South Shore Ballet Theatre, its programs and performances, visit southshoreballettheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

Americana Theatre Company

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The Robber Bridegroom Musical

Select dates from July 7 through 24,

(Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 pm, Sunday shows are at 2 pm)

Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth

Tickets:  $35.00 adults, $30.00 students/seniors at americanatheatre.org/tickets

“The Robber Bridegroom” is laugh-a-minute, southern, bluegrass, musical tall-tale and a classic piece of American literature. The story (originally written by Mississippi-born writer Eudora Welty) is a southern Robin Hood fairy-tale for adults. It’s about Jamie Lockhart – gentleman by day and bandit of the woods by night – who falls in love with the beautiful and feisty Rosamund. She is the daughter of a wealthy landowner whose new wife is the ugliest and meanest woman on the Natchez-Trace. Pepper in a brawny villain with no brains, a talking head (quite literally), and some of the most beautiful and fun bluegrass this side of the Mississippi and you got a recipe for a foot stomping, YEEEEE-Hawing, great time!

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

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Celebrating its 43rd year, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival announces its 2022 season of concerts, performing from August 2 through 19.  Artistic Directors Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu have programmed a stellar line-up of four top string quartets and five world-class pianists presenting expansive repertoire spanning four centuries.

Tickets: 

Adults $40, students with ID $15,

children under age 18 are admitted for free,

available at capecodchambermusic.org/tickets

Debut: Ariel Quartet

Tuesday, August 2, 5 pm

Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd., Cotuit

Distinguished by its virtuosity, probing musical insight, and impassioned, fiery performances, the Ariel String Quartet has garnered critical praise worldwide.  The Ariel’s Festival debut includes Beethoven’s ever-popular Quartet in C Major, Opus 59 No. 3 (“Razumovsky”), and a new work created for the Ariel Quartet by leading Israeli composer Matan Porat.

The Verona Quartet, courtesy image

Debut: Verona Quartet                                                            

Wednesday, August 3, 5 pm

First Congregational Church of Chatham, 650 Main St., Chatham

The Verona String Quartet has firmly established itself amongst the most distinguished ensembles on the chamber music scene today. The Verona performs Puccini’s “Crisantemi,” Beethoven’s Quartet No. 1 and Ligeti’s Quartet No. 1 (“Métamorphoses nocturnes”).

Miraculous Masterpieces                                                        

Friday, August 5, 5 pm

First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet

The Ariel and the Verona quartets team up for Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet.  The program concludes with Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring – a sold-out Festival sensation in 2019. Co-Artistic Director Jon Manasse and renowned soloists join both quartets.

Concerto Gala

Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, Artistic Directors, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival,
courtesy image

Monday, August 8, 5 pm

First Congregational Church of Chatham, 650 Main St., Chatham

Artistic Directors Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu are featured with the Ying String Quartet in Festival premieres of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in their chamber music versions.

An Evening with the Ying

Tuesday, August 9, 5 pm

Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd., Cotuit

Ying String Quartet performs Haydn’s String Quartet in G Minor (“Rider”) is followed by two delightful rags by John Novacek. The program concludes with Dvořák’s “Slavonic” String Quartet in E-flat Major.

The Ying and Brian Zeger

Friday, August 12, 5 pm

First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet

eGALitarian Brass, courtesy image

Brian Zeger joins the Ying for a program including Haydn’s Piano Trio in A Major, Zhou Long’s “An Old Fisherman,” and the great Piano Quintet in F Minor by Johannes Brahms.

An Evening with eGALitarian Brass                                        

Tuesday, August 16, 7 pm

National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Rd., Eastham

The award-winning all-women eGALitarian Brass ensemble performs exciting new works by Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, and Tania León together with jazz and popular favorites.

Borromeo Returns                                                                              

Wednesday, August 17, 5 pm

Dennis Union Church, 713 Main St., Dennis

Led by the Festival’s former Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen, the Borromeo String Quartet features a performance of Beethoven’s monumental String Quartet, Opus 131, as well as Jamaican composer Eleanor Alberga’s 2nd String Quartet – a Festival premiere.

Joyce Yang, courtesy image

Piano Extravaganza

Friday, August 19, 5 pm

First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet

Co-Artistic Director Jon Nakamatsu brings together a luminous roster of leading pianists – Orli Shaham, Lisa Nakamichi, and Joyce Yang – for a concert of favorite works scored for piano (four and eight hands) by Brahms, Ravel, Milhaud and Gounod.

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its founding in 1979 by the late pianist Samuel Sanders, a longtime collaborator with Itzhak Perlman.  The Festival’s current Artistic Directors Jon Manasse (clarinetist) and Jon Nakamatsu (pianist) represent the top ranks of American chamber music.  In addition to its annual summer season of concerts,  outreach programs and an annual benefit concert in New York, CCCMF partners with local cultural organizations.

For more information visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook or Instagram.


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