Dec
4
Sat
Americana Theatre Company’s It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm
It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play, 2017, image by KB Designs of NE HR

It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play

Select dates from December 4 through 12, evening and matinee performances available

Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth

Tickets:  $35.00 adults, $30.00 students/seniors

Back by popular demand!  The beloved American holiday film classic performed as a live 1940s radio broadcast comes to captivating life as It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play. Inside the WBFR radio studio, a small ensemble plays out 40+ roles with microphones, sound effects and the quintessential “applause” sign gracing the stage as the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds. The hubbub and excitement of the Christmas Eve broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life lulls as “listeners” tune in, and Bailey contemplates the fate of his future and what his world would be like if he never existed in it.  A story of desperation and miracles finds hope in the prayers of an angel, delivering holiday season entertainment and joy to all those in need.

To purchase tickets, or for more information about Americana Theatre Company, visit americanatheatre.org/tickets, or call 508-591-0282.

winter concert, includes joyous songs of the season.  Highlights include Gwyneth Walker’s “How Can I Keep from Singing?”, Paul Carey’s “A Cradle Song”, movements from Gabriel Fauré’s “Messe Basse”, Z. Randall Stroope’s “Missa”, Nicolas Porpora’s “Magnificat”, Bob Chilcott’s “A Little Jazz Mass” and more.

For more information and tickets, visit americantheatre.org.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus Presents Remembering Christmas Past
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm
Pilgrim Festival Chorus in concert, image by Denise Maccaferri, 2021

Celebrating the season with treasured choral carols

McGRATHPR.com – Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal not-for-profit community choral ensemble, presents its holiday season concert, “Remembering Christmas Past”, on Saturday, December 4, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 5, 4 pm, at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth. The chorus is led by Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly.

“Remembering Christmas Past” ushers in the holiday season with an appealing collection of treasured carols from the vast choral repertoire. Music selections are familiar to audiences who appreciate the works of John Rutter, Harold Darke, Gustav Holst and Stephen Cleobury. The concerts begin with a festive processional based on a favorite medieval carol, “Gaudete”, and conclude with Glenn Rudolph’s stirring “The Dream Isaiah Saw”, featuring Guest Pianist Christopher Ricci.

Founded in 1999, PFC is an auditioned, volunteer choral ensemble with about 80 active members, representing all skill levels, dedicated to the performance of diverse genres of choral music. The group typically performs major concerts each winter and spring, and often a Messiah Sing in December.  Pilgrim Festival Singers, a PFC offshoot ensemble, performs an annual summer concert of lighter music, and occasionally sings at local community events.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus considers the safety of its members and audiences a highest priority. This season, PFC’s member singers have committed to being fully vaccinated, wearing masks for rehearsals and performances. PFC leadership expects audience members to be vaccinated, to wear masks while in attendance, and to maintain appropriate social distancing while attending a performance.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14. Children ages 14 and under are admitted for free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org; and from PFC members. To reserve tickets by phone, please call Hannah Woodbury at 781-834-8601, and leave a voicemail message. For more information, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

Since 1999, Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC) has served the South Shore as a volunteer, not-for-profit community singing ensemble dedicated to performing choral music in public and private concerts; to providing music education to its members and the public; and to encouraging and promoting the performance of quality choral music. More than 80 vocalists of all adult ages fill out the ensemble. Traditionally, PFC presents a major choral work each spring, holiday season concert performances, annual “Messiah Sings” in December, and summer concerts featuring pops-style repertoire. PFC is funded in part by grants from many of the region’s Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. PFC performances are produced in part by cooperation with See Plymouth and Plymouth County Commissioners. For more information about PFC, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus: Remembering Christmas Past Concerts
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 4, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 5, 4 pm

St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth

Tickets:  $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14

Children age of 14 and under are admitted free

Conducted by Co-Artistic Director William B. Richter, with accompaniment by Co-Artistic Director Elizabeth Chapman Reilly

Pilgrim Festival Chorus presents its annual holiday season concert, this year a collection of memories in “Remembering Christmas Past”The program explores five centuries of seasonal music, including favorites from past concerts to ring in the holiday season.

Advance tickets may be purchased online at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org or from PFC members. To reserve tickets by phone, please call PFC President Hannah Woodbury at 781-834-8601.  For more information, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

Americana’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
Americana’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play
in 2017 by Denise Maccaferri

Holiday theatrical classic revived for Americana’s third biennial production

Americana Theatre Company (ATC), Plymouth’s professional theatre company, presents its holiday season biennial tradition “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” on select dates from December 4 through 12, at Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth.  “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is a radio play adaptation by Joe Landry, directed by Marianne Savell.

A beloved American holiday film classic showcasing a live 1940’s radio broadcast comes to captivating life in It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play”.  Inside the WBFR radio studio, a small ensemble portrays more than 40 roles with microphones, sound effects and the quintessential “applause” sign gracing the stage as the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds. The hubbub and excitement of the Christmas Eve broadcast of  “It’s a Wonderful Life” lulls as the audience as “listeners” tune in, and Bailey contemplates the fate of his future and what his world would be like if he never existed in it.  A story of desperation and miracles finds hope in the prayers of an angel, delivering holiday season entertainment and joy to all those in need.

Award-winning director, actor, teacher and theatre coach Marianne Savell is familiar with Americana audiences as the director of prior productions, including “Grease”, “The Three Musketeers”, “An Inspector Calls” and “Moonlight and Magnolias”.  She has directed multiple premiere productions across the United States, including the west coast premiere of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”.

It’s a Wonderful Life 2017, image by KB Designs of NE

“It’s A Wonderful Life’s” cast features company members from across the country including Jesse M. Sullivan, David Friday, Joshua Nicholson and Erin Friday. Returning guest performing artists include Johan Woods and Ciera Miller. Americana is excited to welcome Trina Vargas in the role of Mary.  Five of ATC Studio Americana’s local students round out the cast, featuring Alexis Friday, Evelyn Humani, Sadie Metrano, David Savastano and Jude Sullivan.

Tickets for “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” are $35 adults, $30 for students and seniors.  Performances are held on December 4 at 8 pm; December 5 at 2 pm and 7 pm; December 8 at 7 pm; December 9 at 7 pm; December 10 at 8 pm; December 11 at 2 and 8 pm; December 12, 2 pm and 7 pm.

For tickets, or more information about Americana Theatre Company, visit americanatheatre.org, or call 508-591-0282. Advance ticket purchases are recommended, as seating is limited to capacity.  Plymouth Center for the Arts is handicap accessible, and paid public parking is available street side and in nearby public lots.

It’s a Wonderful Life 2017, image by KB Designs of NE

About Americana Theatre Company

Americana Theatre Company (ATC) is a non-profit, professional theatre company serving the Greater Plymouth region. ATC’s leadership team including Artistic Director Jesse Sullivan, Technical Director David Friday, and Director of Education Erin Friday are charged with continuing Founder Derek Martin’s vision of opening a professional theatre organization in America’s Hometown, a dream fulfilled in 2011.  ATC’s audiences find that story is paramount. ATC is committed to hiring directors, actors, and designers of the highest caliber, with an aim to enliven the cultural atmosphere of the Plymouth community by offering excellent, entertaining theatre and theatre education to residents and visitors alike. For more information, visit americanatheatre.org, or call 508-591-0282.

Dec
5
Sun
A Winter Day – Music of the Season, Secular and Sacred, Lively and Lovely
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 465 First Parish Road, Scituate

Tickets: $20 general admission

Danica Buckley, Conductor

A Winter Day’s featured work is written by Canadian contemporary composer Sarah Quartel, accompanied by piano and cello. The five-movement work celebrates the frigid beauty of Canada’s winters, as expressed in poems by Sara Teasdale, Lucy Maud Montgomery (of “Anne of Green Gables” fame), Melville Cane, as well as Quartel’s own writings. Each movement depicts the passing times of day, beginning with the cold darkness before dawn (Timid Star), concluding as the evening turns to dusk, followed by darkness (Snow Toward Evening). The work conjures up vivid images of a cold, crisp winter, and swirling, dancing snowflakes. The concert culminates with delightful, joyous songs of the season.

For more information about Choral Art Society, visit choralartsociety.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

Choral Art Society Presents A Winter Day
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm
Choral Art Society in concert, courtesy image

Choral Art Society (CAS), the region’s community choral ensemble, presents “A Winter Day – Music of the Season, Secular and Sacred, Lively and Lovely”, on Sunday, December 5, 4 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 465 First Parish Road, Scituate. The chorus is conducted by Artistic Director Danica A. Buckley, accompanied by CAS accompanist Ellyses Kuan, piano and Julie Reimann, cello (both of Duo Amie).

As a female conductor, supporting women creators of music, Artistic Director Danica Buckley is inspired to acquaint a broader audience with female composers. “Part of Choral Art Society’s mission is to feature contemporary and women composers, lyricists, and arrangers,” shares Buckley. “I’m grateful we are often able to champion that initiative in our performances!”

“A Winter Day’s” featured title work is written by Canadian contemporary composer Sarah Quartel, accompanied by piano and cello. The five-movement work celebrates the frigid beauty of Canada’s winters, much like we experience on the South Shore, as expressed in poems by Sara Teasdale, Lucy Maud Montgomery (of “Anne of Green Gables” fame), Melville Cane, as well as Quartel’s own writings. Each movement depicts the passing times of day, progressing from the cold darkness before dawn, continuing through the evening turning to dusk, followed by darkness. The imagery-filled work conjures up vivid, wintery images of swirling, dancing snowflakes. The concert culminates with delightful and joyous singalong songs of the season.

Members of Choral Art Society rehearse and perform masked and are fully vaccinated. As with other organizations, CAS asks our audience members remain masked through the entire performance and provide proof of full vaccination or a negative result from a PCR or rapid antigen test, taken within 72 hours of the concert. The seating will be comfortably spaced, with no standing room to sustain safety for all present, so advance ticket purchase is recommended to ensure admission.

Tickets for “A Winter’s Day”, can be purchase from a CAS member, at the door, or advance online at

tix.com. For more information about Choral Art Society, visit choralartsociety.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

About Choral Art Society

The Choral Art Society (CAS) is a South Shore choral ensemble, founded in 1958, dedicated to the performance of all genres of choral music, from Renaissance to 21st century. A non-auditioned chorus, the Society performs challenging music for the enrichment and education of its members and audiences.  A non-profit organization, CAS features more than 50 singing members from Scituate and surrounding towns. The ensemble rehearses and performs in Scituate, offering one winter and one spring concert each year.  The Society provides an annual scholarship to one a graduating high school senior who pursues a degree in music.  For more information, visit choralartsociety.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

This performance is supported in part by grants from several regional Massachusetts Cultural Council chapters, the Scituate Education Foundation, South Shore Music Circus, as well as sponsorship by Coastal Heritage Bank.

Program:

A Winter’s Day

A Festive Pat-a-Pan

A Vaughan Williams Christmas

Deck the Halls Rag

Angels in Seven

Glow

Stopping By Woods on A Snowy Evening

Sing-Along (including Jingle Bells and other kid-friendly)

Welcome. Be Thou Welcome!

Danica A. Buckley, Founding Artistic Director, Choral Arts Society, courtesy image

About Danica Buckley, Artistic Director, Choral Arts Society  

Danica A. Buckley has been artistic director and conductor of the Choral Art Society of the South Shore since 2005. Under her leadership, the chorus performed a sold-out performance of Mendelssohn’s St. Paul in 2009, for the 200th birthday of Mendelssohn and the 50th anniversary of the Choral Art Society. Other performances have included a variety of programming from English part-songs to Viennese choral chamber music, to songs about the environment, and major works such as Mozart’s RequiemChrist Lag in Todesbanden (Bach), Magnificat (Bach), Mass in Time of War (Haydn) , Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams), all with the Choral Art Society Orchestra. She also directs the Simmons University Chamber Choir, Cape Cod Chorale, and Colleges of the Fenway Chorus and Orchestra. She has been an adjunct English professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology since 2007. Ms. Buckley holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Dr. William Cutter.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus Presents Remembering Christmas Past
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm
Pilgrim Festival Chorus in concert, image by Denise Maccaferri, 2021

Celebrating the season with treasured choral carols

McGRATHPR.com – Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal not-for-profit community choral ensemble, presents its holiday season concert, “Remembering Christmas Past”, on Saturday, December 4, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 5, 4 pm, at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth. The chorus is led by Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly.

“Remembering Christmas Past” ushers in the holiday season with an appealing collection of treasured carols from the vast choral repertoire. Music selections are familiar to audiences who appreciate the works of John Rutter, Harold Darke, Gustav Holst and Stephen Cleobury. The concerts begin with a festive processional based on a favorite medieval carol, “Gaudete”, and conclude with Glenn Rudolph’s stirring “The Dream Isaiah Saw”, featuring Guest Pianist Christopher Ricci.

Founded in 1999, PFC is an auditioned, volunteer choral ensemble with about 80 active members, representing all skill levels, dedicated to the performance of diverse genres of choral music. The group typically performs major concerts each winter and spring, and often a Messiah Sing in December.  Pilgrim Festival Singers, a PFC offshoot ensemble, performs an annual summer concert of lighter music, and occasionally sings at local community events.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus considers the safety of its members and audiences a highest priority. This season, PFC’s member singers have committed to being fully vaccinated, wearing masks for rehearsals and performances. PFC leadership expects audience members to be vaccinated, to wear masks while in attendance, and to maintain appropriate social distancing while attending a performance.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14. Children ages 14 and under are admitted for free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org; and from PFC members. To reserve tickets by phone, please call Hannah Woodbury at 781-834-8601, and leave a voicemail message. For more information, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

Since 1999, Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC) has served the South Shore as a volunteer, not-for-profit community singing ensemble dedicated to performing choral music in public and private concerts; to providing music education to its members and the public; and to encouraging and promoting the performance of quality choral music. More than 80 vocalists of all adult ages fill out the ensemble. Traditionally, PFC presents a major choral work each spring, holiday season concert performances, annual “Messiah Sings” in December, and summer concerts featuring pops-style repertoire. PFC is funded in part by grants from many of the region’s Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. PFC performances are produced in part by cooperation with See Plymouth and Plymouth County Commissioners. For more information about PFC, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

Dec
11
Sat
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra: Summer Holiday Concerts
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 11, 5 pm – a benefit performance for WE CAN

St. Christopher’s Church, 625 Main St., Chatham

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3 pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port

Matthew Scinto, Conductor

Guess what? Summer has come early. Join CCCO for some mid-winter warmth featuring soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915. Barber paints an idyllic, nostalgic picture of Knoxville, Tennessee based on text by James Agee. The work is a simple, dreamlike depiction of an evening in the American South, narrated by a child. The CCCO will also perform the Andante movement from Florence Price’s String Quartet No. 1, concluding with Charles Ives’ trip to camp with his Third Symphony “The Camp Meeting”.

The Saturday evening performance is a benefit for WE CAN, as they celebrate 20 years of empowering women on Cape Cod.  Details and tickets at capecodchamberorchestra.org

 

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s Summer Holiday concerts
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, image by Jean Kirby Photography
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents its winter celebration concert “Summer Holiday”, on Saturday, December 11, 5 pm, at St. Christopher’s Church, 625 Main St., Chatham, and on Sunday, December 12, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rte. 28, Harwich Port.  The orchestra is conducted by Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto. CCCO’s holiday concerts provide a welcome seasonal entertainment performance for all to enjoy. “I’m grateful to be able to revive our December benefit concert after last year’s cancellations due to the pandemic. It has been my vision to position our chamber orchestra as a vehicle to raise awareness and funding for the many amazing organizations here on the Cape. We are excited to benefit WE CAN with this concert series.” says Scinto. WE CAN (Women’s Empowerment through Cape Area Networking) is celebrating 20 years of serving women on Cape Cod. The non-profit was founded in 2001 to empower Cape Cod women by providing unique services that inspire hope and bring increased stability, self-sufficiency, and opportunity in their lives.
Summer has come early for Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra. The “Summer Holiday” concert program delivers mid-winter warmth, featuring Soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper in Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville, Summer of 1915”. Barber paints an idyllic, nostalgic picture of Knoxville, Tennessee based on text by James Agee. The work is a simple, dreamlike depiction of an evening in America’s south region, narrated by a child. CCCO also performs the Andante movement from Florence Price’s “String Quartet No. 1”, concluding with Charles Ives’ trip to camp with his Pulitzer Prize winning third symphony “The Camp Meeting”.
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra prides itself on exceptional programming and its collaborative performances, a highlight of every season.  Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, CCCO’s mission is to connect the diverse arts communities and individuals of Cape Cod inclusively. By collaborating with other disciplines of art and culture, the Orchestra aims to create unique concert experiences while providing exciting, enriching and memorable orchestral music.  Spotlighting living composers is at the forefront of the orchestra’s mission; bringing audiences closer to the music of modern time, positioned as an essential and educational element to each performance program.  Other repertoire emphasizes the championing of works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon. Tickets to “Summer Holiday” are $35 general admission, children and students attend for free.  Regarding CCCO’s Covid-19 policy, masks will be required by all audience members at all times. In order to allow for adequate social distancing, tickets for this event will be limited.  Tickets to all Season Four performancesare available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at each venue door by cash or credit card. For more information visit capecodchamberorchestra.org, email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.

Program:

IVES: Symphony No. 3 The Camp Meeting

BARBER: Knoxville, Summer of 1915

PRICE: Andante Moderato

Dec
12
Sun
Christmas in Harvard Square Concert by Saint Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm

Saint Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys presents a spectacular celebration of Christmas and the holiday season when its beloved “Christmas in Harvard Square” program returns this year with live, in-person concerts on Sundays, December 12 and 19, 3 pm, Saint Paul’s Church, Harvard Square, Cambridge. The performances feature the boy choristers of Saint Paul’s Choir School and the Back Bay Brass ensemble, conducted by SPCS Director of Music James Kennerley.

This season’s iteration of “Christmas in Harvard Square” features a Christmas program that originates across the globe – including music from Nigeria, Germany, France, the Ukraine, the West Indies, Austria, and Harvard Square itself! Immerse yourself in a holiday traditional like no other and enjoy audience favorites like “Joy to the world”, “Carol of the Bells” and “O Holy Night”, as well as a medieval French processional hymn, a lively West Indian Calypso carol, and John Rutter’s powerful, uplifting work, “Gloria”. The boy choristers are joined by the professional male singers from Saint Paul’s Choir, an ensemble renowned for its audible beauty and passionate performances. The concert also features audience sing-alongs, accompanied by the virtuosic Back Bay Brass ensemble, together with percussion and the majestic Saint Paul’s pipe organ. A cameo appearance by the youngest choristers of the choir delight in a beloved arrangement of “Silent Night”, originated by SPCS Founder Theodore Marier.

“Christmas in Harvard Square” features several of Kennerley’s carol arrangements for choir, brass, and percussion, as well as an original work. “As a composer and arranger, Christmas really is the most exciting time. The familiarity of the melodies and texts give us the inspiration to rearrange them while still maintaining an element of audience familiarity that people cherish at this time of year.” Kennerley studied composition at Cambridge University in the UK, and his compositions have been performed around the world. “For this year’s carol composition selections, I sought a sense of emotional buy-in from the choristers by tasking them to select the text that I then set to music. This is a very personal part of the process, as composers will generally embrace lyrics that particularly speak to them. Fortunately, the boys selected a beautiful poem, “Love came down at Christmas” by English Poet Christina Rosetti. Now I must get to work and write it!”

Christmas in Harvard Square concert program:

Veni Emmanuel – 8th-9th century French hymn arr. James Kennerley (b. 1984)

Alma redemptoris mater – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525–1594)

Still, still, still – German carol arr. Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)

Betelehemu – Nigerian carol arr. Barrington Brooks (1959-1996)

Carol of the Bells – Ukrainian carol adapted by Mykola Leontovich (1877–1921), arr. James Kennerley

Joy to the world – English carol arr. James Kennerley

The Virgin Mary had a baby boy – West Indian calypso carol arr. Mack Willberg (b. 1955)

Saint Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys concerts draw standing room crowds,
image by Julia Monaco Photography

Love came down at Christmas (2021) – James Kennerley (b. 1984) (World première)

Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night) – Adolphe Adam (1803–1856), arr. James Kennerley

Gloria – John Rutter (b. 1945)

Silent Night – Austrian carol arr. Theodore Marier (1912–2001)

Hark the Herald Angels sing – Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847), arr. David Willcocks (1919-2015)

Tickets for “Christmas in Harvard Square” are $35 for general admission; $50 for reserved seating and $70 for premium seating.  To order tickets, visit christmasinharvardsquare.com.

For more information on Saint Paul’s Church, Harvard Square, visit stpaulparish.org. To learn more about Saint Paul’s Choir School enrollment, curriculum, programs and performances, visit saintpaulschoirschool.us, call 617-868-8658, or email admin@saintpaulschoirschool.us, or follow St. Paul’s Choir School Harvard Square on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Dec
17
Fri
Celebrate! Messiah and Carol Singalong with Pilgrim Festival Chorus
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal community chorus, presents its tenth annual Celebrate! – Messiah and Carol Sing-along on Friday, December 17, at 7:30 pm, at First Congregational Church, 6 Plympton Street, Middleborough.

William B. Richter, one of PFC’s Artistic Directors, leads the audience in carols and the familiar choruses from Part I of Handel’s masterpiece, the Christmas portion, concluding with the Hallelujah Chorus. Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, PFC Artistic Director and the church’s organist, accompanies the Sing on the church’s 1887 S. S. Hamill pipe organ, along with guest instrumentalists. Soloists will be drawn from talented PFC singers.

In Messiah Sings, popular throughout the area for many years, the audience can either sing or listen. For some, there’s no better way to start off the Christmas season.

PFC takes the safety of its members and audience seriously. This season, the singers have committed to being fully vaccinated and are wearing masks for rehearsals and performances. We expect audience members to be vaccinated, wear masks while in attendance, and to keep socially distanced as possible.

Tickets for Celebrate! – Messiah and Carol Sing-along are $10 for adults and youth ages 12 and up, available at the door. For children under the age of 12, there is no charge. Scores are available to borrow on site, or attendees are welcome to bring their own. Funds raised from this event support PFC’s yearly operating expenses. For more information, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit singing group dedicated to performing choral music in public and private concerts; to providing music education to its members and the public; and to encouraging and promoting the performance of quality choral music. PFC is funded in part by grants from many of the region’s Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. PFC performances are produced in part by cooperation with See Plymouth and Plymouth County Commissioners. For more information about PFC, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus: Messiah and Carol Sing-along Concert
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm

Church at the Green, 6 Plympton Street, Middleborough

Tickets: $10.00 for adults and youth ages 12+, available at the door. Children under age 12 are admitted for free

Conducted by Co-Artistic Director William B. Richter, with accompaniment by Co-Artistic Director Elizabeth Chapman Reilly

Pilgrim Festival Chorus co-director William B. Richter leads the audience in both carols and the familiar choruses from Part I of Handel’s masterpiece, concluding with the Hallelujah Chorus. Solos selected from Part I, the Christmas portion, will be sung by featured local vocalists. Organ accompaniment is performed by PFC accompanist/co-director, Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, music director at the church, often enriched by visiting guest instrumental musicians.

In Messiah Sings, popular throughout the area for more than 40 years, the audience can either sing or listen.  Scores are available to borrow on site, or attendees are welcome to bring their own. Funds raised from this event support the PFC’s yearly operating expenses.

For more information, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.

Dec
18
Sat
South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm

92 dancers from 24 South Shore communities return to the ballet stage for beloved holiday season tradition

McGRATHPR.com – Celebrating the magic of the holidays through the joy of dance, South Shore Ballet Theatre presents the seasonal classic The Nutcracker, on December 18 and 19, 2 pm, Thayer Academy Center for Performing Arts, 745 Washington Street, Braintree.

For over 13 years, South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on Boston’s South Shore. Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” and set to Tchaikovsky’s treasured musical score, The Nutcracker is the dance classic that offers quintessential enchantment in holiday season entertainment.  Be entranced by Clara as she explores a charmed world from her family’s living room on Christmas Eve, adventures through an enchanted forest of dancing snowflakes, into the magical Land of The Sweets led by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

“Resuming live performance is vital to the education and development of our dancers, especially following the limitations of the pandemic. We are very excited to welcome back the community to our annual tradition of The Nutcracker and are very grateful to Thayer Academy and their leadership for our long-term collaborative relationship supporting the arts on the South Shore.” shares SSBT Founding Artistic Director Marthavan McKeon.

Known for its spectacular professional-quality productions, SSBT engages guest artists in The Nutcracker’s leading roles, including Nichola Montt of Hanover as Sugar Plum Fairy, Rachel Smith of Plymouth as Dew Drop, and Haissan Booth of Dorchester as Drosselmeyer. The production also engages 92 student dancers from SSBT ballet training programs, gathered from 24 South Shore communities.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker Snow corps, image by Maura Longueil

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today. SSBT administers American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT®) National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough eight-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.  The National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

Tickets to The Nutcracker are $22, available for purchase starting November 15, available at buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre. The performance is family-friendly and plays at about 90 minutes. If the scheduled performances are an early sellout, a third performance will be added on Saturday, December 18, 6 pm, visit the website for updates.  To make a donation to support South Shore Ballet Theatre, or for more information about SSBT’s programs, tuition and performances, visit southshoreballettheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

A prior SSBT production of The Nutcracker, featuring Clara and Drosselmeyer, image by Maura Longueil
South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker (3 performances)
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 18, 2 pm and 6 pm; and Sunday, December 19, 2 pm
Thayer Academy Center for the Arts, 745 Washington Street, Braintree

A welcome sign of the holiday season, South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker celebrates the magic of the holidays through the joy of dance. Come watch as Clara explores a world of magic from her family’s living room on Christmas Eve, through an enchanted forest of dancing snowflakes, and into the magical Land of The Sweets led by the Sugar Plum Fairy.  This exciting, family-friendly production features 90 student dancers from our ballet training programs, representing communities on the South Shore from Plymouth to Quincy.

Tickets are $22 available for purchase starting November 15, available at buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre.

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.

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South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm

92 dancers from 24 South Shore communities return to the ballet stage for beloved holiday season tradition

McGRATHPR.com – Celebrating the magic of the holidays through the joy of dance, South Shore Ballet Theatre presents the seasonal classic The Nutcracker, on December 18 and 19, 2 pm, Thayer Academy Center for Performing Arts, 745 Washington Street, Braintree.

For over 13 years, South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on Boston’s South Shore. Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” and set to Tchaikovsky’s treasured musical score, The Nutcracker is the dance classic that offers quintessential enchantment in holiday season entertainment.  Be entranced by Clara as she explores a charmed world from her family’s living room on Christmas Eve, adventures through an enchanted forest of dancing snowflakes, into the magical Land of The Sweets led by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

“Resuming live performance is vital to the education and development of our dancers, especially following the limitations of the pandemic. We are very excited to welcome back the community to our annual tradition of The Nutcracker and are very grateful to Thayer Academy and their leadership for our long-term collaborative relationship supporting the arts on the South Shore.” shares SSBT Founding Artistic Director Marthavan McKeon.

Known for its spectacular professional-quality productions, SSBT engages guest artists in The Nutcracker’s leading roles, including Nichola Montt of Hanover as Sugar Plum Fairy, Rachel Smith of Plymouth as Dew Drop, and Haissan Booth of Dorchester as Drosselmeyer. The production also engages 92 student dancers from SSBT ballet training programs, gathered from 24 South Shore communities.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker Snow corps, image by Maura Longueil

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today. SSBT administers American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT®) National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough eight-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.  The National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

Tickets to The Nutcracker are $22, available for purchase starting November 15, available at buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre. The performance is family-friendly and plays at about 90 minutes. If the scheduled performances are an early sellout, a third performance will be added on Saturday, December 18, 6 pm, visit the website for updates.  To make a donation to support South Shore Ballet Theatre, or for more information about SSBT’s programs, tuition and performances, visit southshoreballettheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

A prior SSBT production of The Nutcracker, featuring Clara and Drosselmeyer, image by Maura Longueil