Jan
19
Sun
Messages from Heaven with Spirit Medium Sandy Alemian
Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm

Benefit supports mission programs for area teens

McGRATHPR.com – The Kerry Jon Walker Fund (KJWF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity and supporting those affected by poverty, presents a benefit night out with Messages from Heaven, with Spirit Medium Sandy Alemian on Sunday, January 19, from 4 to 6 pm at The Parrot Bar and Grill, 1 Hull Shore Drive, Hull. All proceed support the fund’s mission, including mission service trips for teens supporting sustainable programs to improve health, education, and economic opportunity for those in need.

Shed those winter doldrums and join Sandy Alemian, spirit medium, author, soul coach and inspirational speaker presenting Messages from Heaven, a healing experience event.  Alemian provides insight and guidance through messages she receives from spirit guides, angels and souls on the other side.  Experience powerful messages of hope, love, truth and healing from loved ones who have left this world in body, but not spirit.

A tasting menu, prepared by The Parrot Bar and Grill owner and chef Brian Houlihan, is available for attendees for an additional fee.

Sandy Alemian, courtesy image

Sandy Alemian experienced extraordinary grief when her infant daughter Talia passed away 25 years ago.  Her life was broken, and she was unsure of how to navigate the grief.  She turned to writing and meditation, initiating a spiritual awakening, discovering a connection which could never be broken – the connection with spirit and her soul.  She now understands death to not be the end of the journey, just that of the physical body, offering programs to explore different ideas of death, and how it can touch and uplift those left behind.  “It is my belief that heaven is not a faraway place, but it is here,” shares Alemian, “In a frequency of energy to which our hearts are always connected.”

KJWF provides financially challenged urban teen students the opportunity to create global objectivity and travel abroad in charitable service.  KJWF provides student service trips to Rwanda, where they have assisted 500 orphaned teens at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. While providing service to this community abroad, the Boston teens, most never having never traveled out of the country, gain a new understanding of the developing world.

Founded in 2010, enhancing the education of youth is at the heart of The Kerry Jon Walker Fund’s mission.  Amongst its accomplishments, KJWF provided 3000 lbs. of books, maps and educational materials, as well as school uniforms, to village schools in Guinea, West Africa.  The community ranks amongst the poorest in the world, home to the region’s most deprived children.

Tickets to KJWF’s Messages from Heaven are $35, in advance online at thekerryfund.org.  Admission  at the door is limited to venue capacity. To learn more or support the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, email mikey@thekerryfund.org, or visit thekerryfund.org.

About The Kerry Jon Walker Fund

The Kerry Jon Walker Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity and supporting those affected by poverty, promotes sustainable programs to improve health, education, and economic opportunity for those in need.  The Kerry Fund’s current mission programs provide financially challenged Boston teens with opportunities to engage in community service trips to aid orphaned teens at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda.  To learn more or support the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, visit www.thekerryfund.org, or follow the Fund on Facebook.

Jan
25
Sat
South Shore Conservatory’s 15th Chase Away the Winter Blues gala
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm
(L to R) Lauren Pimpare, Kristin and Doug Campbell, Jay Pimpare, Tyler and Jenna Thibeault, Lindsay Deane-Mayer and Zachary Mayer, all from Cohasset, enjoying South Shore Conservatory’s Chase Away the Winter Blues, January 26, 2019. Photo by Lisa Abitbol.

Gala celebrates and supports the transformative power of arts education

McGRATHPR.com – South Shore Conservatory (SSC) celebrates the 15th year of its Chase Away the Winter Blues gala on Saturday, January 25, from 6 pm to 12 midnight, at the Boston Marriott Quincy. The festive evening of community kicks off SSC’s year-long 50th anniversary.

Over the last 14 years, the South Shore community has come together to support Chase Away the Winter Blues, with the belief that arts education is truly transformative for all and should be accessible to everyone. In 2019, the gala raised over $330,000, making it the most successful Blues to date.

Proceeds from the gala benefit SSC Community Partnerships, which includes ImagineARTS, SSC’s arts and literacy program in the Brockton public schools; Creative Arts Therapies programs; and SSC’s tuition assistance program, affording students the opportunity to receive a music education.  SSC believes that everyone, regardless of age, ability or circumstance, can benefit from the transformative nature of a music and arts education

Guests enjoyed mingling at South Shore Conservatory’s Chase Away the Winter Blues, January 26, 2019. Photo by Lisa Abitbol.

Blues Co-Chairs, Linda Jones and Rennan Bayturk, along with a Blues committee comprised of SSC trustees, overseers, parents, and friends work endlessly to create a fabulous evening filled with music, friendship and generosity. The event begins with a cocktail reception with an SSC faculty jazz quartet, followed by a seated dinner program with outstanding music performances, an exciting live auction, followed by a paddle raise.  Throughout the evening guests can take chances on unique raffle baskets.

Live auctions items include a Curated Trip to Portugal donated by Travel Sommelier, Getaway Week in Winter Park, Colorado, JETaway weekend to Martha’s Vineyard courtesy of Penmor Aviation, a private Sunday Jazz Brunch catered by Paul Wahlberg, Key West Week in Old Town to name a few.

This year the Raffle Committee has coordinated an exciting offering of raffle baskets including Boston Lyric Opera opening night of “Norma,” Jewelry donated by King’s Jewelers, Tennis with tickets to the Tennis Hall of Fame, Beauty with spa treatments, Sports/Entertainment with tickets to Bruins, Golf with Granite Links Foursome.  Raffle baskets are valued from $500 to $1,500.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the event for $50 for one ticket or $100 for three tickets.

For the late-night crowd, there is a fabulous After Party, with sweets and drinks, sponsored by Massa Products Corporation.  Festivities include East Coast Soul, back by popular demand and the ever-popular sing-along Piano Bar, featuring SSC’s fabulous faculty members including Emily Browder Melville on vocals, Peter Mundt on guitar and vocals and Jeff Williams on the piano.  After Party Chair Dawn Stancavish, along with committee members, have a celebratory party planned.

South Shore Conservatory thanks corporate sponsors Massa Products, Travel Sommelier, Boston Financial Management, GAGNONtax, Mercedes-Benz of Hanover, Fusion Academy, Cape Cod Dental Implants, Field Communications Associates, Inc./Charlie Field, Jr, Boston Financial Management, and Fusion Academy for their support of the Blues gala.

The Boston Marriot Quincy is located at 1000 Marriot Drive in Quincy.  Tables and tickets are on sale now. Tables begin at $5,000, and individual tickets are $275 which include the After Party, starting at 9 pm.  For those who cannot attend the full gala, After Party tickets may be purchased for $100.  For tickets and sponsorship information, visit www.sscmusic.org or contact Donna Ryan, at d.ryan@sscmusic.org or 781-421-6162, ext. 207. The Boston Marriott Quincy has a discounted room rate for Blues guests.

For a full line up of classes and programs at South Shore Conservatory, visit: sscmusic.org or follow South Shore Conservatory on Facebook ,Twitter, and Instagram.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Jan
31
Fri
SSC’s Coffee Break Concert: Triple Trouble
Jan 31 @ 11:00 am
SSC's Coffee Break Concert:  Triple Trouble

Triple Trouble
Friday January 31, 11 am
The Village at Duxbury, 290 Kingstown Way, Duxbury
Featuring South Shore Conservatory’s Sarah Troxler, piano, Don Zook, flute and Mary Cicconetti , oboe, this Coffee Break Concert Series performance is an exploration of these musicians’ favorite chamber music pieces for flute, oboe and piano. The repertoire showcases well known melodies, such as Carmen, and pieces that showcase the beauty of this musical pairing. These selections are primarily classical in nature but are easy to listen to as many are based on dances such as the tarantella, the Waltz and the minuet. Performers speak to the audience about the pieces and their reasons for choosing them. Sponsored by The Village at Duxbury, the performance is free and open to the public.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

 

SSC’s Open Mic
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm
SSC's Open Mic

Open Mic
Friday, January 31, 7 pm
South Shore Conservatory
64 St. George Street, Duxbury
Teens take the stage at South Shore Conservatory’s Open Mic night.  Students are welcome to perform, or just hang out and watch. It is an all-inclusive event with a variety of performances, including poetry, rock bands, musicians experimenting on new instruments, solos/duos, a student emcee, and more! It is free for SSC students to participate, and $10 for non-SSC performers. Admission to the event is free, and open to the public.  Students may sign up to perform by calling 781-749-7565, x10.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Feb
2
Sun
SSC’s Piano Department Festival
Feb 2 @ 4:00 pm
SSC's Piano Department Festival

Piano Department Festival
Sunday, February 2, 4 pm
South Shore Conservatory
64 St. George Street, Duxbury
This free performance features South Shore Conservatory piano department faculty members Sarah Troxler (chair), Mark Goodman, HuiMin Wang, June Chen, Victoria Suchodolski, Brandon Santini, and Jeff Williams.  The varied repertoire showcases piano solo favorites from across the years, including a four-hand duet or two.

 

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Feb
10
Mon
Mondays at The James: The Genius of Frank Lloyd Wright
Feb 10 @ 1:30 pm
Mondays at The James: The Genius of Frank Lloyd Wright

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a spring season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore community at 24 West Street, Norwell.  The James is also home to a beautiful community art gallery featuring the works of local and regional artists for monthly gallery openings and exhibits. Visitors are welcome to attend the openings, or view the works on display during business hours.

Join local architect Jim Kelliher of Axiom Architects as he talks about the history of architect, designer, writer, and educator Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius, and compares his work to that of the architecture during the same time being built around Norwell and Boston. Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus. Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing jameslibrary@verizon.net.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Feb
12
Wed
SSC’s Coffee Break Concert: Music of the Beatles
Feb 12 @ 11:00 am
SSC's Coffee Break Concert:  Music of the Beatles

Music of the Beatles
Wednesday, February 12, 11 am
Laura Center for the Arts, 97 Mill Street, Hanover
South Shore Conservatory’s Coffee Break Concert Series presents a tribute to the Beatles. Pianist Paul Hoffman leads SSC faculty members Mark Goodman, bass, David Moorhead, guitar and vocals and Erika Van Pelt, vocals, in honoring the Fab Four. Audience members can expect to hear their favorite Beatles tunes, some as they remember, others with a special twist!  Underwritten by Diane and Gary Glick, this performance is open and free to the public.

 

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Feb
14
Fri
With a Little Help from my Friends at SSC
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
With a Little Help from my Friends at SSC

With a Little Help from My Friends
Friday, February 14, 7 pm
South Shore Conservatory
One Conservatory Drive, Hingham
South Shore Conservatory’s voice and piano department team up to make beautiful music together in this free collaborative concert, showcasing the talents of each department’s students.  Open and free to the public.

 

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Feb
16
Sun
An Afternoon of Chamber Music with Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra
Feb 16 @ 3:00 pm
Members of Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra perform in An Afternoon of Chamber Music, photo by Jean Kirby

Performance debuts pre-concert student musician showcase in Harwich Port

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), Cape Cod’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents its second annual An Afternoon of Chamber Music winter concert, on Sunday, February 16, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Main Street, Rt. 28, Harwich Port.  A reception follows the concert with an opportunity to meet the musicians. The Orchestra is conducted by Music Director Matthew Scinto, and the performance features Charles Overton, harp.  A pre-concert student showcase performs at 2:15 pm.

Charles Overton, harp, photo by Jean Kirby

“We might as well title this concert Dance from the Americas, with Aaron Copland’s iconic American ballet ‘Appalachian Spring’ and Astor Piazolla’s ‘History of the Tango’, featuring our harpist Charles Overton and violinist Emma Powell,” shares Director Scinto.  “I’m also pleased to be featuring three very talented Cape Cod student musicians in our pre-concert showcase – pianist James DellaMorte (senior at Sturgis Charter School), cellist Andrew Juan (junior at Sturgis Charter School), and soprano Olivia Di Bari (senior at Nauset Regional High School).”

Members of Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra present An Afternoon of Chamber Music, featuring a program centered on harp, strings and winds, highlighting the exceptional talent of Charles Overton, harp, in Grandjany’s “Rhapsodie, Op. 10” and Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango”, paired with Dvořák’s “Piano Quartet”, rounding out to a rousing finish with the ever-beloved Copland “Appalachian Spring Suite”.

“In Copland’s case, I really don’t think he quite understood the impact that his work would have on the 1944 American music scene.  He didn’t even have a title for the work, until choreographer Martha Graham suggested “Appalachian Spring” to him,” shares Scinto.  “It is a work that captures the essence of our vast country, written while World War II raged on in Europe. For me, it contains the somber quality of a country in war, whilst conveying the wit and joy of folk music. It is a timeless portrait of Americana.”

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, founded in 2018, is inspired by Scinto’s vision for the future of classical music on Cape Cod.  He is fulfilling his mission to collaborate with local Cape individuals, arts organizations, and causes to create a unique concert experience of high quality, enriching, and memorable orchestral music. Featuring living composers is at the forefront of his plans; bringing audiences closer to music and the beauty found across Cape Cod communities.

Tickets to An Afternoon of Chamber Music are$40 for reserved floor or balcony seats, $30 for general admission, children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets are available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-348-9202, or at the 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:

GRANDJANY Rhapsodie, Op. 10 | Charles Overton, harp

DVOŘÁK Piano Quartet in E Flat, Op. 87

PIAZZOLLA Histoire du Tango | Charles Overton, harp – Emma Powell, violin

COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite

About Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

CCCO Music Director and Conductor Matthew Scinto, photo by Jean Kirby

Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as Founder and Music Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and the Music Director for the Civic Orchestra of New Haven (CT). He has twice studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, was recently finalist for the Assistant Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, and currently serves as a Cover Conductor for the Portland (ME) Symphony. He received his Doctor of Musical Art’s degree from Boston University, where he twice received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. Matthew has worked with conductors  Bramwell Tovey, Ken-David Masur, Stefan Asbury, Diane Wittry, Daniel Hege, Marin Alsop, David Effron, and Markand Thakar. He has conducted such orchestras as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria, the New Haven Civic Orchestra, the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, the Miami Music Festival Orchestra, the Syracuse University Symphony, and the Boston University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. ​He previously graduated from Syracuse University (MM, 2014 & BM, 2012) where he studied conducting and viola.

About Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra

Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’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.  Featuring 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 champions the works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.  For more information visit capecodchamberorchestra.org, email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.

The Boys’ Choir of St. Paul’s European Tour – Germany and Austria
Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm

The Boys’ Choir of Saint Paul’s Choir School | Harvard Square announces plans to travel abroad next month for a European performance tour.  The Choir, formed in the true European chorister tradition, will tour and performs in iconic, historic destinations in Munich, Regensburg and Köln, Germany, as well as Salzburg, Austria during a 10-day itinerary, including academic and cultural exploration that support St. Paul’s Choir School’s educational model.  The Choir is directed by Saint Paul’s Choir School (SPCS) Director of Music and Conductor James Kennerley, accompanied by Assistant Director of Music Maks Adach, organ.

On its first tour in this region, The Boys’ Choir performs repertoire in parallel to its destinations abroad, featuring selections by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (with a performance in his birthplace of Salzburg), Orlando di Lasso (who settled in Munich), and more performed by the choristers either acappella or with organ accompaniment.

The Boys’ Choir of St. Paul’s | Harvard Square, in it’s home parish in Cambridge, courtesy image

The Boys’ Choir of St. Paul’s, currently comprised of 29 boys ranging from ages 9 to 14, in grades 3 through 8 at St. Paul’s Choir School, will travel through two countries accompanied by 18 chaperones.  Most recently, the choristers traveled to Washington D.C. at the invitation of Cardinal Sean O’Malley to perform at the Sacred Heart Shrine and at Catholic University’s St. Vincent de Paul Chapel.  On a prior international tour, the Choir visited Mexico, where it performed at the largest basilica in the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and at San Josemaría Escrivá Church, both in Mexico City.

The Boys’ Choir of St. Paul’s school curriculum is currently exploring the history and music of Germany and Austria, much of which the choristers will encounter and perform during their travels.  Visiting this historic European heartland, the students will walk in the footsteps of those they study and perform – Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mendelssohn and Mozart, among others.  The lifeblood of the curriculum is rooted in these composers’ classical and liturgical masterpieces.  The opportunity to visit this worldly history in person ignites the schooling of each student, and manifests the legacy they are taught through the school’s mission.

The Boys’ Choir of St. Paul’s | Harvard Square singing during a Christmas Service at St. Paul’s Parish | Harvard Square, image by George Martell

During this tour, the Choir performs at Cathedral Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) in Munich, a Vespers services in affiliation with the Regensburg Boys’ Choir at Regensburger Domspatzen in Regensburg, at historic Salzburg Cathedral in Salzburg, Austria. The group returns to Germany for final performances at the Church of the Holy Ghost (Heilig Geist Kirche) in Munich, and at a High Mass at Cologne Cathedral in Köln. Academic and cultural activities on the itinerary include a walking tour of Munich, a tour of Regensburg Cathedral, a day with fellow choristers at Regensburg Domspatzen Choir School, city tour of Salzburg (including a visit to Mozart’s home and historic sites relevant to The Sound of Music film), visiting Neuschwanstein Castle, Marienbrücke Bridge, Ulm Münster, Würzburg Palace, and Steiff Museum. Each destination holds particular merit to the choristers’ education, as they sing through the canon of German masterworks, and some grades currently studying medieval European history, specifically Charlemagne and the importance of Aachen, Germany to the Holy Roman Empire.

Saint Paul’s Choir School’s world-class music program is built on a foundation of the choral masterwork canon, training all students in choral music appreciation, theory, practice and performance, and the mastery of piano and organ. They sing music ranging from Gregorian chant to contemporary commissions for the choir.  A demanding and thorough music theory course is taught using the internationally acclaimed materials of the ABRSM. As the boys continue through the school and their voices change, a Choral Studies course teaches them about conducting, composition, and choir training. The choir has performed alongside such renowned ensembles at the Boston Symphony Orchestra,  provides beautiful liturgical music at Saint Paul’s Church and have released the professionally recorded albums Ave Maria and Christmas in Harvard Square (by Aim Higher Recordings, available at saintpaulschoirschool.us).

Saint Paul’s Choir School Director of Music James Kennerley, image by Brian Crowley

Founded in 1963, Saint Paul’s Choir School prepares boys in grades 3 through 8 to succeed in the strongest secondary schools, become confident and virtuous leaders, and grow into compassionate, caring adults. Embracing the great cathedral school model, SPCS unites a rigorous academic and musical curriculum rooted in the Roman Catholic moral tradition. Within this community of faith, friendship and high expectations, students move through critical developmental periods in their transition from children to men. Over time they build the habits of mind and heart to rise to all of life’s demands and thrive in a world characterized by constant change.

Internationally recognized organist, vocalist and Director of Music James Kennerley, conductor, is rooted in the English choir school tradition, having sung as a chorister under Graham Elliott and Barry Rose at Chelmsford Cathedral. He later served as Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, and at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. Most recently he served as Music Director at three influential Episcopal churches in the United States. Additionally, he has provided professional leadership as Dean of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and as Director of the New Jersey State Children’s Chorus.

European Tour Performance Schedule:

Sun., February 16, 5:30 pm

Evening Mass, Frauenkirche (Cathedral Church of Our Lady), Frauenplatz 12, Munich, Germany, muenchner-dom.de/home

Tues., February 18, 5:15 pm

Vespers, with Regensburger Domspatzen (Regensburg Boys’ Choir), New Chapel, Reichsstrasse 22, Regensburg, Germany, domspatzen.de/de/start.html

Weds., February 19, 12.30 pm

Performance in Salzburg Cathedral, Domplatz 1a, 5020 Salzburg, Austria, salzburger-dom.at/home

Thurs., February 20, 7:30 pm

Concert, Heilig Geist Kirche (Church of the Holy Ghost), Prälat-Miller-Weg 1, Munich, Germany

Admission is free, donations gratefully appreciated, heilig-geist-muenchen.de/

Sun., February 23, 10:00 am

High Mass at Cologne Cathedral, Domkloster 4, 50667, Köln, Germany, koelner-dom.de/homepage

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.

About Saint Paul’s Choir School

Saint Paul’s Choir School (SPCS) is the only private all-boys Catholic Choir School in the United States, serving students in grades 3 through 8. Founded in 1963 by Dr. Theodore Marier, SPCS is a vital facet of Saint Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square, Cambridge, led by Father William Kelly, Pastor, an alumnus of the school himself.

Dedicated to providing rigorous academic training and an extensive and unique education in music and liturgy, SPCS accepts musically talented and academically qualified boys ages nine through fourteen for full-time study. Students commute locally from communities in the Metro-Boston region.  Together with committed parents and inspirational teachers, SPCS endeavors to form the faith, character, and intellectual and musical abilities of young men, preparing them for the strongest secondary schools, and equipping them to become virtuous adult leaders.

​Uniquely integrated with music study, the school’s diverse academic offerings aspire to give each student a strong foundation in basic skills and to provide diverse opportunities for enrichment. The positive influence derived from the study of music on other academics is clearly evident. Classes are small and motivation is high among both students and teachers, making for a lively, energetic and creative classroom environment.​

To learn more about 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.

Feb
23
Sun
The James Library Presents Blue Heron in Concert
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm
Members of Blue Heron, image by Liz Linder

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents widely critically acclaimed vocal ensemble Blue Heron performing Songs About Hope: Esperance & Amors in the 14th Century in concert on Sunday, February 23, 3 pm, 24 West Street, Norwell. The quartet performs works by Machaut, Senleches, de Caserta and more. Songs About Hope is sponsored by The Monahan Family, Lynch Marini & Associates, Elise and Jeremy Warhaftig, The Douglas N. Perry Fund, with support by Hingham, Norwell and Scituate Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Blue Heron Vocal Ensemble, image by Liz Linder

Winners of the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music, Blue Heron offers an intoxicating afternoon of songs about Hope (Esperance), the allegorical character from the world of the Romance of the Rose, who sustains a courtly lover through the thousand pains of lovesickness and teaches him to find delight instead of suffering. Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by The New York Times classical critic Alex Ross for the “expressive intensity” of its interpretations. Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron ranges over a wide repertoire, including 15th-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, Spanish music between 1500 and 1600, and neglected early 16th-century English music, especially the unique repertory of the Peterhouse partbooks, copied c. 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral. The ensemble presents a subscription series in Cambridge, and has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival; in New York City at Music Before 1800, The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art), at The Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; at many national music festivals, for a visit of the Dalai Lama at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and in the United Kingdom in Cambridge and London. Blue Heron has also served as ensemble in residence at the Center for Early Music Studies at Boston University and at Boston College.

Scott Metcalfe, director, Blue Heron, image by Liz Linder

Blue Heron’s performing artists include vocalists Martin Near, Sumner Thompson and Jason McStoots; Debra Nagy, recorders, douçaine and harp; Mark Rimple, lute, Scott Metcalfe, director, harp and fiddle.

Tickets to Songs About Hope: Esperance & Amors in the 14th Centuryare $35 general admission, $30 for seniors, $20 for students. To order tickets, or for more information, please visit jameslibrary.org or follow The James Library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center they foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of their home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell, and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit www.jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Feb
25
Tue
SSC’s Coffee Break Concert: Jeff William Jazz Trio
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am
SSC's Coffee Break Concert:  Jeff William Jazz Trio

Jeff William Jazz Trio
Tuesday, February 25, 11 am
South Shore Conservatory
64 St. George Street, Duxbury

South Shore Conservatory’s Coffee Break Concert Series presents pianist Jeff Williams leading SSC percussionist Ed Sorrentino and bassist Chris Rathbun as they perform jazz tunes, standards from composers such as Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, some pop tunes and some original compositions.  Sponsored by The Village at Duxbury, the performance is free and open to the public.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

 

Mar
1
Sun
SSC’s Youth Orchestra Concert
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm
SSC's Youth Orchestra Concert

South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra Concert
Sunday, March 1, 3 pm
Scituate Center for the Performing Arts
606 Chief Justice Highway, Scituate
South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra (SSCYO) presents its annual winter concert with ballet dancers from South Shore Conservatory’s Dance Department, performing combine works from Strauss and Greig. SSCYO is an auditioned, sequential youth orchestra program for dedicated and talented young musicians from communities south of Boston.  In collaboration with The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, SSC Youth Orchestra Artistic Advisor Steven Karidoyanes works with students and hosts a bi-annual side-by-side experience for SSC Youth Orchestra Symphony students.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Mar
7
Sat
Art Auction and Global Market
Mar 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A fish mosaic by Artist Nanci Jaye will be available at the KJWF Art Auction, courtesy image

The Kerry Jon Walker Fund (KJWF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity and supporting those affected by poverty, presents a benefit evening Art Auction and Global Market.  All proceed support the fund’s mission, including mission service trips for teens supporting sustainable programs to improve health, education and economic opportunity for those in need.

An evening of delights awaits where art and handmade crafts from local and international fine artists are on display in a festive market atmosphere.  Live entertainment by singer/songwriter Les Sampou, heavy appetizers catered by Norwell’s Good Life Kitchen, shopping opportunities for hand-crafted wares and more from abroad, a silent and live auction, and a cash bar round out a festive evening.  Purchases make wonderful gifts, support a great cause and may be taken home the same night.  Tickets are available at the door and at thekerryfund.org.  Admission fee and purchases may be paid for by cash, check and credit card on site.

Mar
11
Wed
SSC’s Coffee Break Concert: The Music of Franz Schubert
Mar 11 @ 11:00 am
SSC's Coffee Break Concert:  The Music of Franz Schubert

The Music of Franz Schubert
Wednesday, March 11, 11 am
Laura Center for the Arts
97 Mill Street, Hanover
South Shore Conservatory’s Coffee Break Concert Series features pianist Mark Goodman performing the classical, melodic and harmonically innovative music of beloved composer Franz Schubert, whose music was not widely recognized until after his death.  Underwritten by Diane and Gary Glick, this performance is open and free to the public.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

 

Mar
13
Fri
The James Library’s Spring Juried Exhibition Opening Reception
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The James Library's Spring Juried Exhibition Opening Reception

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a spring season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore community at 24 West Street, Norwell.  The James is also home to a beautiful community art gallery featuring the works of local and regional artists for monthly gallery openings and exhibits. Visitors are welcome to attend the openings, or view the works on display during business hours.

The James Library welcomes artists from the South Shore and beyond for this Spring Juried Exhibition featuring art work of all mediums. Best in Show, second place, third place and four honorable mentions will be awarded with cash prizes for the top three selections. For more information on this exhibition, the juror, and how to participate, please go to www.JamesLibrary.org. Sponsored by The Frame Center, Hanover, Massachusetts. Admission:  Free, on view during business hours.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

SSC’s Open Mic
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm
SSC's Open Mic

Open Mic
Friday, March 13, 7 pm
South Shore Conservatory
One Conservatory Drive, Hingham
Teens take the stage at South Shore Conservatory’s Open Mic night.  Students are welcome to perform, or just hang out and watch. It is an all-inclusive event with a variety of performances, including poetry, rock bands, musicians experimenting on new instruments, solos/duos, a student emcee, and more! It is free for SSC students to participate, and $10 for non-SSC performers. Admission to the event is free, and open to the public.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Mar
16
Mon
Mondays at the James: Italianate Architecture Around the South Shore
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm
Mondays at the James: Italianate Architecture Around the South Shore

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a spring season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore community at 24 West Street, Norwell.  The James is also home to a beautiful community art gallery featuring the works of local and regional artists for monthly gallery openings and exhibits. Visitors are welcome to attend the openings, or view the works on display during business hours.

Mondays at the James: Italianate Architecture Around the South Shore

Monday, March 16, 7 pm

Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing jameslibrary@verizon.net

The Italianate style of architecture was a distinct 19th-century phase in the history of Classical architecture. Join local architect Jim Kelliher of Axiom Architects as he talks about the history of Italianate architecture, and its popularity across the United States, particularly in New England, from the 1840s to 1890. Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mar
22
Sun
I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone, Living History Performance
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a spring season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore community at 24 West Street, Norwell.  The James is also home to a beautiful community art gallery featuring the works of local and regional artists for monthly gallery openings and exhibits. Visitors are welcome to attend the openings, or view the works on display during business hours.

I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone, Living History Performance

Sunday, March 22, 3 pm

Tickets:  $20 adults, $10 students

Celebrate 100 years of Women’s Suffrage at the James! Challenging discrimination is not easy, but Lucy Stone was never one to take the easy road. The first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, Lucy was an ardent supporter of human rights. Always fierce, her belief that women and men be equal was evident in both her political and personal endeavors. Her message inspired thousands to join the suffrage movement; even Susan B. Anthony credits Lucy’s impassioned speeches for her involvement. As a scholar, Lucy studied Greek and Hebrew, insisting that ancient scriptures had been mistranslated to objectify women. As a wife, Lucy refused to take her husband’s name, becoming the first to do so in the nation.

In this fiery presentation, Lucy describes the tension of Antebellum Boston. Her discussion touches on the gender caste system and also encompasses the fierce abolitionist movement. Women were evolving from successful abolitionists to struggling suffragists, and their fight was ferocious, so come along for the ride!  I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone is sponsored by the Edward and Estelle Mosher Memorial Fund and Bob Melone team at Radius Financial Group. This program is also supported in part by grants from the Hingham, Norwell, and Scituate Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Mass Cultural Council.

History At Play was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Judith Kalaora. Offering solo and ensemble programs with an emphasis on women’s history, H.A.P. is woman-owned and operated, with a commitment to employ artists from the region. Kalaora is a professional educator, writer and living historian. She graduated from Syracuse University.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mar
26
Thu
Boys’ Scholarship Ballet Audition at South Shore Ballet Theatre
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
South Shore Ballet Theatre students during a Boys’ Ballet Class, courtesy image

South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) offers boys ages 7 through 12 the opportunity to audition to participate under full scholarship in its spring boys’ ballet program.  The Boys’ Ballet Scholarship Audition, on Thursday, March 26, from 4 to 5 pm, at SSBT’s new facility at 45 Industrial Park Road, Hingham, allows selected students a full tuition award to study weekly with instructor Harry Yamakawa-Moser on Thursdays, from 4 to 5 pm through June.

The Boys’ Ballet Scholarship Audition is open to the general public, recommended for boys who have an interest in dance, and a sense of musicality.  No prior dance experience is required, and students dance in an all-male environment.  Ballet inspires boys to develop discipline, artistry and agility.  Stretching, strengthening, muscle coordination and musicality are all emphasized in ballet class.

Boys planning to audition should wear clothing that is comfortable for movement, such as bike or basketball shorts and a t-shirt.

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT follows 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.

Participation in the scholarship program is by audition only.  To register for a Boys’ Ballet Scholarship Audition, please email ballet@southshoreballettheatre.com.  For more information about South Shore Ballet Theatre, its programs, tuition and performances, visit southshoreballettheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on most major social media platforms.

Mar
28
Sat
South Shore Conservatory’s Music and the Brain Symposium
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am
Glen Campbell’s daughter, performing artist Ashley Campbell, appears as Keynote Speaker at SSC’s Music and the Brain Symposium Photo by Mindy Small/Film Magic

South Shore Conservatory (SSC), in partnership with South Shore Health, South Shore YMCA, NVNA and Hospice, and the MA/NH chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, presents Music and the Brain Symposium, a mix of experiential and informational learning on how music impacts both the developing brain and the aging brain, on Saturday, March 28, at Laura’s Center for the Arts, 97 Mill Street in Hanover.  Singer/songwriter Ashley Campbell, who worked alongside her father, country music legend Glen Campbell, during his journey with Alzheimer’s, is the afternoon keynote speaker.

SSC Music Therapist Kari O’Briant works with young students, photo courtesy of South Shore Conservatory

The symposium focuses on evidence-based approaches to using the power of music and the arts for enhancing learning, rehabilitation, and quality of life, and features keynote speakers and panel discussions.

SSC Director of Creative Arts Therapies Eve Montague, image by Michelle McGrath PR

Starting at 9 am, the morning session focuses on how music impacts the developing brains of children ages 0 through 22.  Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Jennifer Zuk speaks to her research on how music impacts language acquisition, auditory-motor interactions, brain plasticity, and the neuroscience of language processing and literacy.  The moderated panel includes Dr. Zuk; Dr. Joseph Shrand, Chief Medical Officer, Riverside Community Care; Lauren Pimpare  MBA/HA, president and founder Tomorrow’s Women TODAY, parent and caregiver; and Eve Montague, MSM, MT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist and South Shore Conservatory Director of Creative Arts Therapies.

Dr. Lisa Wong, image by Jenny Nourse

In addition to featuring Ashley Campbell, the afternoon session, which starts at 1 pm, focuses on how music and arts-based interventions invigorate the aging brain.  Assistant Co-Director, Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School Dr. Lisa Wong moderates a panel that includes Kathleen Howland, Ph.D, MT-BC, CCC-SLP, music therapist, speech pathologist, Alzheimer’s Association speaker; Marcia Vose, care partner; and a not yet specified South Shore neurologist.  Panelists share their observations on how creative arts impact the aging brain, with special emphasis on quality of life, functional skill retention/maintenance, neuroplasticity, and care-partner support.  Discussion centers on using arts-based interventions for those with cognitive processing challenges, including individuals with developmental delays, those living with neuromuscular, progressive diseases, and those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

A SSC Music Therapist works with an elderly student, photo by Jack Foley

Both panels touch upon best practices, current research and emerging trends. Concrete applications will be discussed and, when appropriate, demonstrated.  There will be ample time for attendees to ask questions.

This symposium is the second 2020 signature event marking South Shore Conservatory’s 50th anniversary year.  Other events include a Founders’ Celebration on May 15, an SSC alumni weekend July 23 through 25, and a musical celebration for retiring SSC President Kathy Czerny on Saturday, August 1.

Cost for Music and the Brain is $225 for the full symposium (which includes lunch), $150 for the morning session, and $175 for the afternoon session.  Tickets are available at sscmusic.org/musicandthebrain.  Financial assistance is available. Contact Eve Montague at e.montague@sscmusic.org for more information.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Mar
30
Mon
Mondays at the James: Duxbury’s Women at Sea
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm
Mondays at the James: Duxbury’s Women at Sea

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a spring season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore community at 24 West Street, Norwell.  The James is also home to a beautiful community art gallery featuring the works of local and regional artists for monthly gallery openings and exhibits. Visitors are welcome to attend the openings, or view the works on display during business hours.

Mondays at the James: Duxbury’s Women at Sea

Monday, March 30, 7 pm

Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing jameslibrary@verizon.net

Between the late 18th and early 19th centuries, hundreds of ships were built in Duxbury, Massachusetts. The resulting economic boom resonated throughout the community and contributed to a rise in both employment and population.

For all the history that has been examined and celebrated, however, very little has been said of the women, other than to mention the obvious – that they were the mothers, wives and sisters of the male shipbuilders and sailors. This project puts them not only into the narrative, but directly on to the ships.

Duxbury Rural and Historical Society Archivist & Historian, Carolyn Ravenscroft, embarked on a journey to find the names of other women who made voyages and to discover their stories. Although it is still a work in progress, to date, Ravenscroft has discovered 33 Duxbury women who sailed from 1809-1890. Many of these women came from Duxbury’s maritime families, and were related to each other as well. Ravenscroft was also able, in many instances, to personalize their stories.

Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Mar
31
Tue
SSC’s Coffee Break Concert: Female Composers
Mar 31 @ 11:00 am
SSC's Coffee Break Concert:  Female Composers

Tuesday, March 31, 11 am
South Shore Conservatory
64 St. George Street, Duxbury

South Shore Conservatory’s Coffee Break Concert Series presents pianist Sarah Troxler and other SSC faculty members presenting the music of female composers.  Sponsored by The Village at Duxbury, the performance is free and open to the public.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Apr
2
Thu
South Shore Conservatory’s Performathon 2020
Apr 2 – Apr 5 all-day
South Shore Conservatory's Performathon 2020

South Shore Conservatory Performathon 2019
Thursday, April 2 through Sunday, April 5
Barnes & Noble, Derby Street Shoppes, 96 Derby Street, Hingham
Performathon engages South Shore Conservatory students, parents and faculty in giving back by raising funds to support SSC’s tuition assistance program. During hundreds of performances spanning four days, students of all ages and abilities perform for friends and family in a welcoming and familiar setting. This fun, meaningful and rewarding event showcases the hard work of our students and faculty through performances.  The gathering of our community helps ensure that all students have access to SSC’s exceptional programs. Admission to this family-friendly event is free.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, and a new satellite location at Laura’s Center for the Arts in Hanover. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

May
18
Mon
Mondays at The James: History of Paragon Park
May 18 @ 7:00 pm
Mondays at The James: History of Paragon Park

Mondays at The James: History of Paragon Park

Monday, May 18, 7 pm

Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing jameslibrary@verizon.net

Author Chris Haraden recounts the history of our beloved Paragon Park in Hull. He’ll bring you into the past, into the pages of his new coffee table book, the first comprehensive book on the history of the beloved amusement park that opened on the shores of Nantasket Beach in 1905. Come learn all about the beginning and the end of this cherished park, share your memories, and ask Chris questions you’ve longed to have answered.  Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Aug
4
Tue
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s Virtual Performance Series
Aug 4 all-day

In light of sustained disruption due to the Covid-19 crisis, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) announces that its 2020 summer season as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music will be held as a three-part virtual experience, extending its reach beyond Cape audiences.  All live in-person performances are cancelled this season to best serve the safety and welfare of its performing artists, staff and audiences.  The Festival celebrates its 41st season in 2020, programmed and presented by Artistic Directors Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse and Executive Director Elaine Lipton.

“This year, more than ever, we hope music lovers everywhere will join us from the safety of their homes to once again celebrate the beauty of chamber music,” shares Jon Nakamatsu, CCCMF Co-Artistic Director.  “Although a virtual season looks much different than prior years, we still look forward to celebrating with our audiences and growing them in the online arena.”  The Festival plans to resume in-person live performances in 2021.

For its first-ever virtual season, the celebration in three parts begins with Artistic Directors Manasse and Nakamatsu, who will curate three hour-long audio programs, in the style of the beloved “radio show,” including archived performances spanning the 40-year history of the Festival.  The shows will broadcast on each of the first three Tuesdays in August during each of the weeks the season usually is held.  The audio programs will be streamed on CCCMF’s website and will be available without charge to the general public, and may also be broadcast on regional radio stations (to be announced).

Manasse and Nakamatsu will also create a video event featuring guest musicians which will also stream for free throughout the Festival’s month-long season in August on the Festival website and other online platforms.

The two artistic directors will also undertake a series of high-quality audio/video recording sessions featuring a small group of fellow musicians. This original content will be released in the future.

“These challenging times also present new opportunities, in that we are navigating a new way for us to share world-quality chamber music with world-wide audiences,” shares Jon Manasse.  “We are excited about the potential of the quality and reach of this new virtual celebration.”

Exploring the virtual festival brings its own challenges to CCCMF.  “Ticket sales alone cannot cover anywhere near our operating budget,” shares Executive Director Elaine Lipton.  “With no ticket revenue at all this season, we are hopeful that our dedicated fans will understand that their financial participation is essential to our organization’s continued success.”  She hopes that many devoted fans will make contributions and notes that there are opportunities for underwriting the virtual season events as well.

CCCMF’s Board has been hard at work creating these unprecedented options to the Festival’s traditional late summer season.  “While we understand the unpredictable nature of our situation, we also know music and live performance have the ability to heal and fortify us all,” shares Manasse. “Our one guarantee is that we will make music for our supporters and audiences this summer, you can count on it!”

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2020 season, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1979 by the late Samuel Sanders, a gifted pianist and accompanist to Itzhak Perlman for thirty years. Sanders’ goal was to establish a continuous presence of first-rate chamber music concerts on Cape Cod.  As the Festival celebrates four decades, it excels under the leadership of its Artistic Directors, the team of Jon Manasse (clarinetist) and Jon Nakamatsu (pianist), both acclaimed musicians who represent the top ranks of American chamber music as a duo and as individual artists. The artistic directors work closely with Executive Director Elaine Lipton, along with the help of an active Board and more than 60 local volunteers, to bring a stellar mosaic of talent to the Cape.  In addition to its annual summer season of 12 concerts, community and school outreach programs and an annual benefit in New York, it partners with local cultural organizations for educational programs and fundraising.

The Festival continues Sam Sanders’ tradition of showcasing emerging talent by presenting accomplished musicians early in their careers.  Over the years this has included such famed musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, the Parker Quartet and the Jupiter Quartet, among others.  Programming spans the 17th to 21st centuries, with periodic commissions from such composers as John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Osvaldo Golijov and Paquito D’Rivera. The Festival owns several quality grand pianos housed at its Cotuit, Chatham and Wellfleet venues, utilized year-round by community members and other arts organizations.

CCCMF traditionally presents the finest classical and contemporary music by both world-class ensembles and exceptional young, emerging artists to Cape Cod audiences, developing new and younger audiences for chamber music.  It commissions new chamber works whenever possible and provides educational activities and programs that encourage, broaden and deepen the appreciation of the chamber music art form.  The Festival has become synonymous with great chamber music at the height of the tourist season on the Cape. Outreach programs have served students in the Barnstable, Chatham and Nauset school districts and at the May Center in Chatham, as well as the residents of Thirwood Place in Yarmouth and the Riverview School in Sandwich.

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a year-round presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979. Founded as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival by the late collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders, the Festival continues his legacy. Now entering its 41st season CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in August. Throughout the rest of the year CCCMF presents autumn and spring concerts, a community outreach program, and benefit concerts in New York and on Cape Cod. Hoping to ignite the interest of a younger audience CCCMF welcomes all youth up to age 18 to attend any regular concert free of charge. CCCMF is a private, non-profit organization supported by a volunteer Board of Directors with financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations both local and nationwide. For more information about CCCMF’s programs, visit capecodchambermusic.org, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

Aug
11
Tue
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s Virtual Performance Series
Aug 11 all-day

In light of sustained disruption due to the Covid-19 crisis, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) announces that its 2020 summer season as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music will be held as a three-part virtual experience, extending its reach beyond Cape audiences.  All live in-person performances are cancelled this season to best serve the safety and welfare of its performing artists, staff and audiences.  The Festival celebrates its 41st season in 2020, programmed and presented by Artistic Directors Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse and Executive Director Elaine Lipton.

“This year, more than ever, we hope music lovers everywhere will join us from the safety of their homes to once again celebrate the beauty of chamber music,” shares Jon Nakamatsu, CCCMF Co-Artistic Director.  “Although a virtual season looks much different than prior years, we still look forward to celebrating with our audiences and growing them in the online arena.”  The Festival plans to resume in-person live performances in 2021.

For its first-ever virtual season, the celebration in three parts begins with Artistic Directors Manasse and Nakamatsu, who will curate three hour-long audio programs, in the style of the beloved “radio show,” including archived performances spanning the 40-year history of the Festival.  The shows will broadcast on each of the first three Tuesdays in August during each of the weeks the season usually is held.  The audio programs will be streamed on CCCMF’s website and will be available without charge to the general public, and may also be broadcast on regional radio stations (to be announced).

Manasse and Nakamatsu will also create a video event featuring guest musicians which will also stream for free throughout the Festival’s month-long season in August on the Festival website and other online platforms.

The two artistic directors will also undertake a series of high-quality audio/video recording sessions featuring a small group of fellow musicians. This original content will be released in the future.

“These challenging times also present new opportunities, in that we are navigating a new way for us to share world-quality chamber music with world-wide audiences,” shares Jon Manasse.  “We are excited about the potential of the quality and reach of this new virtual celebration.”

Exploring the virtual festival brings its own challenges to CCCMF.  “Ticket sales alone cannot cover anywhere near our operating budget,” shares Executive Director Elaine Lipton.  “With no ticket revenue at all this season, we are hopeful that our dedicated fans will understand that their financial participation is essential to our organization’s continued success.”  She hopes that many devoted fans will make contributions and notes that there are opportunities for underwriting the virtual season events as well.

CCCMF’s Board has been hard at work creating these unprecedented options to the Festival’s traditional late summer season.  “While we understand the unpredictable nature of our situation, we also know music and live performance have the ability to heal and fortify us all,” shares Manasse. “Our one guarantee is that we will make music for our supporters and audiences this summer, you can count on it!”

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2020 season, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1979 by the late Samuel Sanders, a gifted pianist and accompanist to Itzhak Perlman for thirty years. Sanders’ goal was to establish a continuous presence of first-rate chamber music concerts on Cape Cod.  As the Festival celebrates four decades, it excels under the leadership of its Artistic Directors, the team of Jon Manasse (clarinetist) and Jon Nakamatsu (pianist), both acclaimed musicians who represent the top ranks of American chamber music as a duo and as individual artists. The artistic directors work closely with Executive Director Elaine Lipton, along with the help of an active Board and more than 60 local volunteers, to bring a stellar mosaic of talent to the Cape.  In addition to its annual summer season of 12 concerts, community and school outreach programs and an annual benefit in New York, it partners with local cultural organizations for educational programs and fundraising.

The Festival continues Sam Sanders’ tradition of showcasing emerging talent by presenting accomplished musicians early in their careers.  Over the years this has included such famed musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, the Parker Quartet and the Jupiter Quartet, among others.  Programming spans the 17th to 21st centuries, with periodic commissions from such composers as John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Osvaldo Golijov and Paquito D’Rivera. The Festival owns several quality grand pianos housed at its Cotuit, Chatham and Wellfleet venues, utilized year-round by community members and other arts organizations.

CCCMF traditionally presents the finest classical and contemporary music by both world-class ensembles and exceptional young, emerging artists to Cape Cod audiences, developing new and younger audiences for chamber music.  It commissions new chamber works whenever possible and provides educational activities and programs that encourage, broaden and deepen the appreciation of the chamber music art form.  The Festival has become synonymous with great chamber music at the height of the tourist season on the Cape. Outreach programs have served students in the Barnstable, Chatham and Nauset school districts and at the May Center in Chatham, as well as the residents of Thirwood Place in Yarmouth and the Riverview School in Sandwich.

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a year-round presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979. Founded as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival by the late collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders, the Festival continues his legacy. Now entering its 41st season CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in August. Throughout the rest of the year CCCMF presents autumn and spring concerts, a community outreach program, and benefit concerts in New York and on Cape Cod. Hoping to ignite the interest of a younger audience CCCMF welcomes all youth up to age 18 to attend any regular concert free of charge. CCCMF is a private, non-profit organization supported by a volunteer Board of Directors with financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations both local and nationwide. For more information about CCCMF’s programs, visit capecodchambermusic.org, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

Aug
14
Fri
La voix humaine by Helios Opera’s Modular Opera Project
Aug 14 @ 7:30 pm

Modular Opera Project premieres with a modern take on Francis Poulenc’s one-act opera La voix humaine

In its debut performance, Helios Opera, a newly formed opera company driven by its mission to use sustainable, business-minded practices to bring opera into the future, premieres a new virtual opera through its Modular Opera Project (MOP) initiative.  MOP was created to offer performing artists the opportunity to produce one-act virtual operas online, despite performance limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  MOP’s first performance, a modern take on Francis Poulenc and Jean Cocteau’s one-act opera La voix humaine (The Human Voice), debuts virtually on Friday, August 14, 7:30 pm (EDT) at heliosopera.com/mop, admission is free.

La voix humaine is directed by Helios’s Founding Artistic Director Adrienne Boris,  and features soprano Théodora Cottarel in the role of Elle, with Celeste Marie Johnson as collaborative pianist. It is produced, filmed, and edited  by Julien Rohel, with audio production by Ken Silber of Silken Audio.

MOP is Helios’s founders’ brainchild, created to improve the limitations challenging performing artists in their ability to rehearse and perform live during the COVID-19 pandemic.  After La voix humaine, the initiative’s premiere production, select performing artists will be hired to create their own virtual works remotely, receiving audio-visual training, professional equipment, marketing support, and artistic consultation from Helios Opera. The project is supported in part by Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative.

“Modular Opera Project is the ideal launching pad for Helios as a company,” shares Théodora Cottarel, the company’s Founding General Director. “Helios was conceived as an innovative, flexible arts company in conversation with the needs of the contemporary world, parallel to start-ups in any other field. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we embraced the opportunity to create a new model, allowing opera performance to continue despite pandemic challenges, and delivering agency back into the hands of young artists.”

Co-Founder and Business Advisor Julien Rohel adds, “In order for opera to successfully transition online, we realized the need for an elevated value proposition – to provide our audience with unique, high-quality productions that could be created under modern day constraints, including small budgets, social distancing requirements and short timelines. We are committed to making this initiative replicable and modular, allowing artists to perform from home by applying our process and the many lessons we’ve learned along the way.”

Théodora Cottarel as Elle in Adrienne Boris’ production of Polenc’s La voix humaine by Modular Opera Project (Photo by Julien Rohel)

La voix humaine follows the story of Elle, a woman alone, exhausted and trapped, struggling to connect. In her way stands not only faulty technology but also interpersonal misunderstanding and miscommunication, alongside her own encroaching depression. As much as she detests the limits of the communication device in her hands, she knows she would be lost without it, as the only device tethering her to the person she cares most about and, ultimately, to reality.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the MOP team recognized inevitable parallels between Poulenc and Cocteau’s original 1958 monodrama and today’s contemporary reality. Stage Director Adrienne Boris has updated the production to a present day setting.

Boris elaborates on the piece’s contemporary resonance, noting, “The pandemic has only increased our dependency on technology. We feel grateful for its existence and look to calls, texting, and social networking as a link to the communities we have left behind. At the same time, we resent it for being no substitute for real, in-person interaction.  During this pandemic, many either feel isolated or suffocated by those with whom they are quarantined, remain in abusive relationships, or are unable to receive adequate mental health care. In all of these ways, Elle’s struggles mirror our own.”

Admission to La voix humaine is free. To reserve a ticket, visit heliosopera.com/mop.

Helios Opera was founded in 2020 by Artistic Director Adrienne Boris, General Director Théodora Cottarel and Business Advisor Julien Rohel.  The company aims to bring opera into the future by creating sustainable, business-minded practices designed to engage a modern and diverse audience. It strives to provide rewarding performance opportunities and career support to talented emerging professional artists, and to make a positive socio-political impact through education and outreach. For more information, visit heliosopera.com, email contact@heliosopera.com, or follow Helios Opera on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Helios Opera

Helios Opera aims to bring opera into the future by creating sustainable, business-minded practices designed to engage a modern and diverse audience. It strives to provide rewarding performance opportunities and career support to talented emerging professional artists and to make a positive socio-political impact through education and outreach. For more information, visit heliosopera.com, email contact@heliosopera.com, or follow Helios Opera on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Modular Opera Project

Modular Opera Project (MOP), an initiative of Helios Opera, was created to address the current inability of artists to rehearse and perform live during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering select performing artists the opportunity to produce one-act operas digitally in their own homes. MOP seeks to empower artists to create their own virtual works remotely by providing audio-visual training, professional equipment, marketing support, and artistic consultation from Helios Opera.  Additional support for MOP is provided in part by the Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative.  For more information, visit heliosopera.com/mop or email contact@heliosopera.com.

Aug
18
Tue
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s Virtual Performance Series
Aug 18 all-day

In light of sustained disruption due to the Covid-19 crisis, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) announces that its 2020 summer season as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music will be held as a three-part virtual experience, extending its reach beyond Cape audiences.  All live in-person performances are cancelled this season to best serve the safety and welfare of its performing artists, staff and audiences.  The Festival celebrates its 41st season in 2020, programmed and presented by Artistic Directors Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse and Executive Director Elaine Lipton.

“This year, more than ever, we hope music lovers everywhere will join us from the safety of their homes to once again celebrate the beauty of chamber music,” shares Jon Nakamatsu, CCCMF Co-Artistic Director.  “Although a virtual season looks much different than prior years, we still look forward to celebrating with our audiences and growing them in the online arena.”  The Festival plans to resume in-person live performances in 2021.

For its first-ever virtual season, the celebration in three parts begins with Artistic Directors Manasse and Nakamatsu, who will curate three hour-long audio programs, in the style of the beloved “radio show,” including archived performances spanning the 40-year history of the Festival.  The shows will broadcast on each of the first three Tuesdays in August during each of the weeks the season usually is held.  The audio programs will be streamed on CCCMF’s website and will be available without charge to the general public, and may also be broadcast on regional radio stations (to be announced).

Manasse and Nakamatsu will also create a video event featuring guest musicians which will also stream for free throughout the Festival’s month-long season in August on the Festival website and other online platforms.

The two artistic directors will also undertake a series of high-quality audio/video recording sessions featuring a small group of fellow musicians. This original content will be released in the future.

“These challenging times also present new opportunities, in that we are navigating a new way for us to share world-quality chamber music with world-wide audiences,” shares Jon Manasse.  “We are excited about the potential of the quality and reach of this new virtual celebration.”

Exploring the virtual festival brings its own challenges to CCCMF.  “Ticket sales alone cannot cover anywhere near our operating budget,” shares Executive Director Elaine Lipton.  “With no ticket revenue at all this season, we are hopeful that our dedicated fans will understand that their financial participation is essential to our organization’s continued success.”  She hopes that many devoted fans will make contributions and notes that there are opportunities for underwriting the virtual season events as well.

CCCMF’s Board has been hard at work creating these unprecedented options to the Festival’s traditional late summer season.  “While we understand the unpredictable nature of our situation, we also know music and live performance have the ability to heal and fortify us all,” shares Manasse. “Our one guarantee is that we will make music for our supporters and audiences this summer, you can count on it!”

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2020 season, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1979 by the late Samuel Sanders, a gifted pianist and accompanist to Itzhak Perlman for thirty years. Sanders’ goal was to establish a continuous presence of first-rate chamber music concerts on Cape Cod.  As the Festival celebrates four decades, it excels under the leadership of its Artistic Directors, the team of Jon Manasse (clarinetist) and Jon Nakamatsu (pianist), both acclaimed musicians who represent the top ranks of American chamber music as a duo and as individual artists. The artistic directors work closely with Executive Director Elaine Lipton, along with the help of an active Board and more than 60 local volunteers, to bring a stellar mosaic of talent to the Cape.  In addition to its annual summer season of 12 concerts, community and school outreach programs and an annual benefit in New York, it partners with local cultural organizations for educational programs and fundraising.

The Festival continues Sam Sanders’ tradition of showcasing emerging talent by presenting accomplished musicians early in their careers.  Over the years this has included such famed musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, the Parker Quartet and the Jupiter Quartet, among others.  Programming spans the 17th to 21st centuries, with periodic commissions from such composers as John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Osvaldo Golijov and Paquito D’Rivera. The Festival owns several quality grand pianos housed at its Cotuit, Chatham and Wellfleet venues, utilized year-round by community members and other arts organizations.

CCCMF traditionally presents the finest classical and contemporary music by both world-class ensembles and exceptional young, emerging artists to Cape Cod audiences, developing new and younger audiences for chamber music.  It commissions new chamber works whenever possible and provides educational activities and programs that encourage, broaden and deepen the appreciation of the chamber music art form.  The Festival has become synonymous with great chamber music at the height of the tourist season on the Cape. Outreach programs have served students in the Barnstable, Chatham and Nauset school districts and at the May Center in Chatham, as well as the residents of Thirwood Place in Yarmouth and the Riverview School in Sandwich.

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a year-round presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979. Founded as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival by the late collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders, the Festival continues his legacy. Now entering its 41st season CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in August. Throughout the rest of the year CCCMF presents autumn and spring concerts, a community outreach program, and benefit concerts in New York and on Cape Cod. Hoping to ignite the interest of a younger audience CCCMF welcomes all youth up to age 18 to attend any regular concert free of charge. CCCMF is a private, non-profit organization supported by a volunteer Board of Directors with financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations both local and nationwide. For more information about CCCMF’s programs, visit capecodchambermusic.org, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

Oct
2
Fri
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s Virtual Concert 1: Spatial Sonorities
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for our first virtual concert of Season III, recorded at the historic Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation.

While this event is offered for FREE, please consider supporting our orchestra with a virtual ticket.

Music of William Grant Still, Mozart, Peter Warlock, and Samuel Barber.

Streaming on Facebook, YouTube, and our website.

Program:

Samuel Barber | Adagio for Strings

W.A. Mozart | Divertimento in F, K. 138

William Grant Still | Mother & Child

Peter Warlock | Capriol Suite

Oct
11
Sun
6th Annual Mad Love Music Festival
Oct 11 all-day
Simone, Vanessa, Cole and Johnny Lonborg of Newburyport, MA enjoy some family fun at Mad Love Music Festival, 2019. Photo by Katherine Power

Reimagined Festival aims to inspire the spread of Mad Love spirit safely and meaningfully 

McGRATHPR.com – Amidst the global pandemic, the sixth annual Mad Love Music Festival has been reimagined to bring rock home to the people of the South Shore on October 11, 2020.  This year, Mad Love will sell limited-edition Mad Love Rock Boxes and exclusive merchandise to enable rockers everywhere to support the mission of Mad Love and rock-out in a way that is meaningful to them from the safety and comforts of home.

Mad Love Music Festival was established in 2015 by the Jodka family after Dave Jodka, an incredible father and musician, passed away from cancer at the age of 44.  The Festival was founded to celebrate Dave’s life and create a legacy to share his love of music and inspire future generations of musicians through great rock & roll.  Mad Love Music Festival is an annual tradition to raise funds to sponsor a scholarship for young rockers.

“We’re excited to continue the mission of Mad Love in a new way in response to our current circumstances,” shared Founder Kathleen Jodka.  “While rocking out together in-person is not an option this year, we can continue to embrace our ability to work hard, be kind, have fun and spread Mad Love, always.”

Limited Edition Rock Boxes

To continue the Mad Love mission, limited edition Rock Boxes will be available for purchase to help fans rock out wherever they are! Rock Boxes will be sold in three forms, adult, student, and child, and will include exclusive Mad Love swag for virtual rockers young and old.

Mad Love Music Festival graphic art, 2019. Photo by Mark Curreri

Featured with the adult Rock Boxes will be a limited release craft beer in partnership with Untold Brewery.

Additional Rock Box items will include Mad Love sunglasses, Mad Love (temporary) tattoos, limited-edition Mad Love masks, as well as other items and fun activities to encourage people to rock out and spread kindness.

Rock Boxes will go on sale in mid-September and be available for safe pick-up on October 11 at South Shore Conservatory. More details will be provided upon purchase.

2020 Exclusive Merchandise

One of the most exciting aspects of Mad Love Music Festival each year is the release of new merchandise.  This year will be no exception with our first-ever online store! Limited-edition 2020 Mad Love merchandise is available for purchase between September 2 and September 20, 2020 via madlove.orderpromos.com.  All merchandise is limited-edition and will only be for sale within this two-week window.  The pre-ordered merchandise will be available for local pick-up on October 11 at South Shore Conservatory.

A hat from Mad Love Music Festival’s new line of merch for 2020, photo by Hilary Jenison

Rockers who are not local, or unable to pick-up Rock Boxes and Mad Love merchandise on October 11 will be able to arrange for alternate delivery upon purchase.

Each year, proceeds from Mad Love Music Festival support South Shore Conservatory’s Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers, which funds the now regionally known band, Toast. The scholarship, which is open to high school students on the South Shore, covers all expenses associated with performing in the band. Most importantly, the scholarship pays for a coach and other professionals who will truly help the students develop as a group.  Over the years, the band has evolved to create their own sound. This year, the Mad Love band has welcomed three new members creating a new, unique vibe.  Because of this unique scholarship, the members of the band are able to pursue their love of rock music in a way that is not often experienced at the high school age.  Past scholarship recipients have gone on to pursue their passion for music at Berklee College of Music and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, among others.

To purchase a virtual Rock Box, new limited-edition Mad Love merchandise, and/or to donate to Mad Love, please visit madlovemusicfestival.org.

SSC student and Mad Love Music Festival David Jodka scholarship recipient Darcy Milligan. Photo by Mark Curreri

About Mad Love

Mad Love is a community of like-minded people who believe in working hard, being kind, having fun, and spreading Mad Love. The centerpiece of Mad Love is the Mad Love Music Festival. It was established in 2015 by the Jodka family after Dave Jodka, a father and musician, passed away from cancer. The Festival was founded to celebrate Dave’s life and create a legacy to share his love of music and inspire future generations of musicians through great rock & roll. A family-friendly event, Mad Love Music Festival is an annual, special tradition to raise funds to sponsor a scholarship for young rockers.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Oct
31
Sat
Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy Open House
Oct 31 all-day

Open Houses on October 31 and November 21 welcome families to visit brand new facility and learn more

 

Bear Cub Mandarin (BCM), a new Mandarin language immersion preschool launched in Arlington in September.  The brand-new facility, located at 1042 Massachusetts Avenue in Brattle Square, hosts two Open Houses for interested families to tour the preschool and learn more on October 31, 10:30 am to 12 noon, and November 22, 2:00 to 3:30 pm.  BCM’s staff has been trained and certified in the current CDC guidelines of mask wearing, hand sanitizing and social distancing.  Guests are encouraged to register online for their preferred open house time and must follow the mandated safety protocols during their visit to ensure the safety and good health of those present.

“We’re so excited to see our dream come to reality,” shares MaeLynn Arnold, Bear Cub Mandarin co-founder.  “The launch has been a wonderful success, serving as a beacon of hope and safety for our students, and an opportunity to continue the legacy of the Mandarin language that our student’s families treasure.  Several years of experience, research and planning have culminated in this unique language-based education opportunity for the children of our region, resulting in a truly valuable preschool program.”

Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy offers morning and afternoon sessions, during two, three or five weekdays, serving children from 2.9 to 6 years in age.  The facility is custom designed to reflect the principles of its curriculum philosophy and to meticulously enhance its learning environment. BCM’s programs are modeled around the concept that young children are powerful, capable and autonomous individuals. Intentional, flexible teaching recognizes students as unique people with their own feelings, thoughts, and experiences. BCM’s immersion program is custom designed in a Reggio Emilia-inspired method, providing children with ample opportunity to hear and use complex language, and engage in contextual experiences in Mandarin through exploration, discovery and play.

A student and teacher engaged at Bear Cub Mandarin Preschool Academy, courtesy image

“Our curriculum supports diverse learning and a wide range of school-readiness goals including English literacy and math, but most importantly social and emotional skills,” shares Arnold.  “We’ve engaged knowledgeable, well-qualified, diverse teachers that share our love of young children.”  Arnold is committed to ensuring that each educator carefully observes each child to create their optimal learning habitat, forming real connections and building meaningful relationships to inspire valuable student learning.

Arnold co-founded the preschool with her husband, Hao-Ming Chang, native to Taiwan.  Together they have cultivated a Mandarin and English bilingual home with their three children – a nearly 4 year-old daughter, and a 2 year-old and 7 month-old sons. Arnold holds a B.M. and an M.M. in violin performance from Boston University and is a Suzuki certified instructor. Chang holds a Ph.D. in molecular oncology and immunology from New York University School of Medicine.  “As school founders, and as parents, it is our hope to provide the best upbringing, education and opportunities to our children and students as we form them to grow into our next generation,” says Chang.

Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy is a brand new facility in Arlington, courtesy image

In the United States today, Mandarin, the official form of Chinese, the world’s oldest written language, is one of the most commonly spoken non-English languages, second only to Spanish.

For more information about BCM’s philosophy, enrollment and tuition, or to register for one of the upcoming Open Houses, visit bearcubmandarin.org, email contact@bearcubmandarin.org, call 781-819-0898, or follow Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy on Facebook.

About Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy

Students at work and play at Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Acadamy, courtesy image

Founded in 2019, Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy (BCM) offers a unique opportunity for children to experience the Chinese Mandarin language through an emergent curriculum in a play-based, child-centered environment.  Students of mixed ages 2.9 to 6 years, are given space to explore, collaborate, observe and experiment, guided by native Mandarin speaking teachers, who observantly enhance each child’s experience and provide Mandarin language exposure in context and real time.

Inspired by the profound Reggio Emilia’s The Hundred Languages – the belief that children are natural communicators – Mandarin is offered as one important means by which children may explore and experience the world. Whether you are looking to introduce Mandarin as a second or third language, or to reinforce languages spoken at home, BCM offers a facility to center your child’s world of learning and exploration.

BCM offers multiple class schedules, with morning and afternoon sessions offered two, three and five days each week, Monday through Friday.  For more information about BCM’s philosophy, enrollment and tuition, visit bearcubmandarin.org, email contact@bearcubmandarin.org, call 781-819-0898, or follow Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy on Facebook or Instagram.

Nov
6
Fri
Lyrically Speaking: A Benefit for The Regent Theatre Arlington
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm

Lowell’s own Jerry Bisantz dons his emcee cap on Friday, Nov. 6, to headline “Lyrically Speaking,” a cabaret fundraiser for The Regent Theatre in Arlington. The theater is near and dear to Bisantz, who has done many shows there, including “God Help Us!” in 2019 with the legendary Ed Asner.

Jerry Bisantz, courtesy image

Bisantz, the multitalented actor-playwright-director and artistic director/co-founder of Image Theater, headlines an equally gifted group of performers to aid the local playhouse, which, like many theaters nationwide, is struggling due to the pandemic.

The cast includes Gail Phaneuf, who was born and raised in Chelmsford. An actress, playwright and musical composer, Phaneuf has written two hit shows — “Monsters: The Musical” and “The Love Note,” which was performed off-Broadway.

Also performing is Gordon Michaels, a Boston Conservatory of Music grad who was in the film “Fame” and sang backup to the Platters on tour. He has also sung with the likes of Patti LaBelle, James Taylor and Natalie Cole.

Other performers include Patti Hathaway, Bill Spera, Katie Connor, Dorothy Miller, Phil Tayler and Jim Keating.

“Michael Larson is our accompanist, and Dorothy Miller, his wife, is a talented chanteuse,” Bisantz said. “Bill and Katie are an awesome team that we featured one time at Image.”

Gail Phaneuf, courtesy image

Even though he is emceeing, Bisantz will perform three songs, including a duet with Tayler from the musical “City of Angels.” It will live-stream at 7:30 p.m., at www.regenttheatre.com.

“People can view it on their computers, and if they enjoy what they see — and I know they will — they can hit the ‘donate’ button to keep this wonderful theater alive,” said Bisantz.

Read more . . .

By Nancye Tuttle

Nov
22
Sun
Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy Open House
Nov 22 all-day

Open Houses on October 31 and November 21 welcome families to visit brand new facility and learn more

 

Bear Cub Mandarin (BCM), a new Mandarin language immersion preschool launched in Arlington in September.  The brand-new facility, located at 1042 Massachusetts Avenue in Brattle Square, hosts two Open Houses for interested families to tour the preschool and learn more on October 31, 10:30 am to 12 noon, and November 22, 2:00 to 3:30 pm.  BCM’s staff has been trained and certified in the current CDC guidelines of mask wearing, hand sanitizing and social distancing.  Guests are encouraged to register online for their preferred open house time and must follow the mandated safety protocols during their visit to ensure the safety and good health of those present.

“We’re so excited to see our dream come to reality,” shares MaeLynn Arnold, Bear Cub Mandarin co-founder.  “The launch has been a wonderful success, serving as a beacon of hope and safety for our students, and an opportunity to continue the legacy of the Mandarin language that our student’s families treasure.  Several years of experience, research and planning have culminated in this unique language-based education opportunity for the children of our region, resulting in a truly valuable preschool program.”

Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy offers morning and afternoon sessions, during two, three or five weekdays, serving children from 2.9 to 6 years in age.  The facility is custom designed to reflect the principles of its curriculum philosophy and to meticulously enhance its learning environment. BCM’s programs are modeled around the concept that young children are powerful, capable and autonomous individuals. Intentional, flexible teaching recognizes students as unique people with their own feelings, thoughts, and experiences. BCM’s immersion program is custom designed in a Reggio Emilia-inspired method, providing children with ample opportunity to hear and use complex language, and engage in contextual experiences in Mandarin through exploration, discovery and play.

A student and teacher engaged at Bear Cub Mandarin Preschool Academy, courtesy image

“Our curriculum supports diverse learning and a wide range of school-readiness goals including English literacy and math, but most importantly social and emotional skills,” shares Arnold.  “We’ve engaged knowledgeable, well-qualified, diverse teachers that share our love of young children.”  Arnold is committed to ensuring that each educator carefully observes each child to create their optimal learning habitat, forming real connections and building meaningful relationships to inspire valuable student learning.

Arnold co-founded the preschool with her husband, Hao-Ming Chang, native to Taiwan.  Together they have cultivated a Mandarin and English bilingual home with their three children – a nearly 4 year-old daughter, and a 2 year-old and 7 month-old sons. Arnold holds a B.M. and an M.M. in violin performance from Boston University and is a Suzuki certified instructor. Chang holds a Ph.D. in molecular oncology and immunology from New York University School of Medicine.  “As school founders, and as parents, it is our hope to provide the best upbringing, education and opportunities to our children and students as we form them to grow into our next generation,” says Chang.

Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy is a brand new facility in Arlington, courtesy image

In the United States today, Mandarin, the official form of Chinese, the world’s oldest written language, is one of the most commonly spoken non-English languages, second only to Spanish.

For more information about BCM’s philosophy, enrollment and tuition, or to register for one of the upcoming Open Houses, visit bearcubmandarin.org, email contact@bearcubmandarin.org, call 781-819-0898, or follow Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy on Facebook.

About Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy

Students at work and play at Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Acadamy, courtesy image

Founded in 2019, Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy (BCM) offers a unique opportunity for children to experience the Chinese Mandarin language through an emergent curriculum in a play-based, child-centered environment.  Students of mixed ages 2.9 to 6 years, are given space to explore, collaborate, observe and experiment, guided by native Mandarin speaking teachers, who observantly enhance each child’s experience and provide Mandarin language exposure in context and real time.

Inspired by the profound Reggio Emilia’s The Hundred Languages – the belief that children are natural communicators – Mandarin is offered as one important means by which children may explore and experience the world. Whether you are looking to introduce Mandarin as a second or third language, or to reinforce languages spoken at home, BCM offers a facility to center your child’s world of learning and exploration.

BCM offers multiple class schedules, with morning and afternoon sessions offered two, three and five days each week, Monday through Friday.  For more information about BCM’s philosophy, enrollment and tuition, visit bearcubmandarin.org, email contact@bearcubmandarin.org, call 781-819-0898, or follow Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy on Facebook or Instagram.

Dec
1
Tue
Music Together Trial Class with South Shore Conservatory
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announces open registration for the second 10-week session of its popular SSC Music Together® Online program, which starts December 7.  Families wishing to experience the fun of Music Together before registering are invited to participate in one of two online trial classes on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:30 am and Saturday, December 5 at 9:30 am.

Music Together Online, for children from birth to four, offers a joyful introduction to song, dance and rhythm.   The program invites families to participate in 35-40 minutes of joyful music-making through song, dance, and age-appropriate rhythmic activities. This new online version allows not only caregivers, but also grandparents and siblings, to join the fun remotely.

The online version includes favorite Music Together songs and activities. Young music-makers, who are constantly up and moving, taking in lots of wonderful musical information throughout the session, are encouraged to use homemade instruments and props from around their homes, include homemade shakers and drums, wooden spoons, scarves, and balls. Metal water bottles work well as resonator bells. Special online class activities include singing about each child’s stuffed animals, play food from their  kitchen, toys in their toy box!

SSC educator Karen Peterson engages families in a virtual Music Together lesson, courtesy image

According to SSC Music Together Director Karen Peterson, current families are raving about the experience.  The King family said, “Music Together Online is so great! Our three and one-year-old are just as captivated by it as when the classes were in person! We love the music, and getting to see Karen and our friends each week! We still get to sing and dance with all our friends, and you get a great CD and music book! Our kids have learned so much from Music Together! We LOVE Music Together Online, and we recommend it to all our friends!”

Parents wishing to sign up for a free trial class should contact Susannah Thornton at s.thornton@sscmusic.org or 781-749-7565 x10.

To register for a session or learn more about Music Together, visit https://sscmusic.org/music-together-at-ssc/, call 781-749-7565 x10, or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook or Instagram.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Dec
4
Fri
The Nutcracker Film by South Shore Ballet Theatre
Dec 4 all-day
Julia Wessler, age 11, of Rockland performs the role of Clara in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker film, on location here at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

Recognizing that its annual holiday live production of The Nutcracker would be impossible to achieve under the current pandemic’s safety protocols, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) donned its tiaras and leapt into action early in September. Marthavan McKeon, SSBT founder and Artistic Director, assembled a support team and organized the studio’s dancers, each conjuring sugar plum dreams of bringing the quintessential holiday ballet classic safely to the homes of their fans on the South Shore.

“The effects of Covid-19 on the performing arts industry are profound,” notes McKeon. “But the holidays will gratefully still arrive, and families will long for the nostalgia inspired by this beloved ballet, so the show must go on.”  “We have created a captivating live story film to satisfy the essence of this holiday tradition for adults and children alike.  The performing arts centers may be vacant, but this story lives on in our hearts and vision.”

Over the last two months, filmmakers Derek Taylor and Liam Fitzpatrick collaborated with South Shore Ballet Theatre to create other-worldly scenes across the South Shore landscape. Focused on scenes from The Nutcracker, a schedule was created to film dancers in celebrated costume among the beautiful vistas of some of the region’s most recognized outdoor locations, welcomed by many supportive businesses and organizations.

Top row (L to R): Khloe Amonte, age 10, of Kingston, Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Lilian Chamberlain, age 10, of Hingham
Bottom row (L to R): Isabelle Ferland, age 10, of Duxbury, Juline Fine, age 10, of Waban
The Candy Canes on location at Millbrook Farms in Duxbury

The pandemic has been anything but ordinary for South Shore Ballet Theatre, as with most arts organizations.  Social distancing protocols have limited the number of students for in-person classes, a challenge that has been met with all classes being offered, both virtually and in person. Across the arts industry, reliable sources of revenue are greatly reduced with the sudden halt to performances, and this alternate version of The Nutcracker is no different.  “This production is traditionally one of our largest income generators of the year. We rely on the ticket sales to fund our many other initiatives.  To eliminate it completely would exacerbate our budget constraints.  We are working hard to keep ballet alive and consider this production and our innovative programs as a bridge back to normalcy,” said McKeon.

(L to R) Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Olivia Stock, age 17, of Duxbury, Tessa Neumann, age 13, of Marshfield, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, Caroline Connelly, age 17, of Quincy, performing Coffee on location at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

“It has been a wonderful process,” shares McKeon.  “Every conversation with local business owners and boards of trustees inspires the leadership of our region to step up and support the arts.  Without their support, we could not have recreated this holiday tradition in a pandemic.”  The need to navigate weather and wind, with ballerinas dancing outdoors, sometimes on gravel or concrete, is not stereotypical of a Nutcracker production, but none of these obstacles interfered with SSBT’s vision.  The final footage for the production is scheduled to be shot on October 25, with barely a month’s time to navigate editing and production before its premiere in early December.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on the south shore for more than 12 years. This year’s filmed version still captures the enchantment of the story, with Clara exploring the 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. The production runs for about an hour and features 67 student dancers representing communities from across the South Shore.

Center (L to R): Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester, Claise Buchholz as Palace Fairy, age 7, of Quincy, Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum Fairy, age 18, of Plymouth
Left (L to R): Palace Fairies Sabrina Niblack, age 9, of Norwell, Evangeline Scheid, age 8, Norwell, Enya Teran, age 8, of Plympton
Right (L to R): Palace Fairies Noelle Hess, age 7, of Cohasset, Estella Emgdahl, age 8, of Hingham, Gwendolyn Demasi, age 7, of Hingham, performing Sugar Plum entrance on location at St. Paul’s Church, Hingham

Online showings of The Nutcracker film are available throughout the month of December. Tickets start at $20 per person, with opportunities for a private studio watch party at SSBT and school fundraising events. For a full streaming performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre.  A link to the performance feed will be provided upon purchase, and can be viewed on a computer, hand-held device or cast to a television screen or monitor.

Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, MA, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, performing Hot Chocolate on location at Old Salt House in Cohasset

South Shore Ballet Theatre gratefully thanks the leadership of Soule Nash Gardens and The King Caesar House, French Memories, Millbrook Farms, and The Oysterman, all in Duxbury; St. Paul’s Church, Hingham Community Center, Carolann’s, Whitney Gordon’s Jewelers, Bloomy Rind, Maggie’s Dog House and Hingham Bathing Beach in Hingham, The Norris Reservation in Norwell and Bia Bistro, Atlantica and Old Salt House in Cohasset, for the generous use of their grounds and properties for the filming of this production.

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT follows 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.

(L to R) Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum, age 18, of Plymouth, on location at Hingham Bathing Beach, Hingham

Tickets to streaming showings of The Nutcracker film range from $20 to $30 for individuals, available on select dates between December 4 and 23.  Tickets allow 24-hour access to the film showing online during the selected date of purchase, and can be accessed from any device with streaming capability from locations that have a reliable internet connection.

In addition, private VIP studio rental watch party group tickets, including concessions for $275, limited to 10 guests maximum (pandemic safety protocols apply), available on select Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons between December 5 and 20. School group tickets are available at for $25 for individuals, with $5 of each ticket supporting the host school community’s local education fund, showing opportunities available upon request.

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

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

Dec
5
Sat
The Nutcracker Film by South Shore Ballet Theatre
Dec 5 all-day
Julia Wessler, age 11, of Rockland performs the role of Clara in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker film, on location here at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

Recognizing that its annual holiday live production of The Nutcracker would be impossible to achieve under the current pandemic’s safety protocols, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) donned its tiaras and leapt into action early in September. Marthavan McKeon, SSBT founder and Artistic Director, assembled a support team and organized the studio’s dancers, each conjuring sugar plum dreams of bringing the quintessential holiday ballet classic safely to the homes of their fans on the South Shore.

“The effects of Covid-19 on the performing arts industry are profound,” notes McKeon. “But the holidays will gratefully still arrive, and families will long for the nostalgia inspired by this beloved ballet, so the show must go on.”  “We have created a captivating live story film to satisfy the essence of this holiday tradition for adults and children alike.  The performing arts centers may be vacant, but this story lives on in our hearts and vision.”

Over the last two months, filmmakers Derek Taylor and Liam Fitzpatrick collaborated with South Shore Ballet Theatre to create other-worldly scenes across the South Shore landscape. Focused on scenes from The Nutcracker, a schedule was created to film dancers in celebrated costume among the beautiful vistas of some of the region’s most recognized outdoor locations, welcomed by many supportive businesses and organizations.

Top row (L to R): Khloe Amonte, age 10, of Kingston, Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Lilian Chamberlain, age 10, of Hingham
Bottom row (L to R): Isabelle Ferland, age 10, of Duxbury, Juline Fine, age 10, of Waban
The Candy Canes on location at Millbrook Farms in Duxbury

The pandemic has been anything but ordinary for South Shore Ballet Theatre, as with most arts organizations.  Social distancing protocols have limited the number of students for in-person classes, a challenge that has been met with all classes being offered, both virtually and in person. Across the arts industry, reliable sources of revenue are greatly reduced with the sudden halt to performances, and this alternate version of The Nutcracker is no different.  “This production is traditionally one of our largest income generators of the year. We rely on the ticket sales to fund our many other initiatives.  To eliminate it completely would exacerbate our budget constraints.  We are working hard to keep ballet alive and consider this production and our innovative programs as a bridge back to normalcy,” said McKeon.

(L to R) Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Olivia Stock, age 17, of Duxbury, Tessa Neumann, age 13, of Marshfield, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, Caroline Connelly, age 17, of Quincy, performing Coffee on location at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

“It has been a wonderful process,” shares McKeon.  “Every conversation with local business owners and boards of trustees inspires the leadership of our region to step up and support the arts.  Without their support, we could not have recreated this holiday tradition in a pandemic.”  The need to navigate weather and wind, with ballerinas dancing outdoors, sometimes on gravel or concrete, is not stereotypical of a Nutcracker production, but none of these obstacles interfered with SSBT’s vision.  The final footage for the production is scheduled to be shot on October 25, with barely a month’s time to navigate editing and production before its premiere in early December.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on the south shore for more than 12 years. This year’s filmed version still captures the enchantment of the story, with Clara exploring the 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. The production runs for about an hour and features 67 student dancers representing communities from across the South Shore.

Center (L to R): Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester, Claise Buchholz as Palace Fairy, age 7, of Quincy, Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum Fairy, age 18, of Plymouth
Left (L to R): Palace Fairies Sabrina Niblack, age 9, of Norwell, Evangeline Scheid, age 8, Norwell, Enya Teran, age 8, of Plympton
Right (L to R): Palace Fairies Noelle Hess, age 7, of Cohasset, Estella Emgdahl, age 8, of Hingham, Gwendolyn Demasi, age 7, of Hingham, performing Sugar Plum entrance on location at St. Paul’s Church, Hingham

Online showings of The Nutcracker film are available throughout the month of December. Tickets start at $20 per person, with opportunities for a private studio watch party at SSBT and school fundraising events. For a full streaming performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre.  A link to the performance feed will be provided upon purchase, and can be viewed on a computer, hand-held device or cast to a television screen or monitor.

Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, MA, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, performing Hot Chocolate on location at Old Salt House in Cohasset

South Shore Ballet Theatre gratefully thanks the leadership of Soule Nash Gardens and The King Caesar House, French Memories, Millbrook Farms, and The Oysterman, all in Duxbury; St. Paul’s Church, Hingham Community Center, Carolann’s, Whitney Gordon’s Jewelers, Bloomy Rind, Maggie’s Dog House and Hingham Bathing Beach in Hingham, The Norris Reservation in Norwell and Bia Bistro, Atlantica and Old Salt House in Cohasset, for the generous use of their grounds and properties for the filming of this production.

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT follows 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.

(L to R) Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum, age 18, of Plymouth, on location at Hingham Bathing Beach, Hingham

Tickets to streaming showings of The Nutcracker film range from $20 to $30 for individuals, available on select dates between December 4 and 23.  Tickets allow 24-hour access to the film showing online during the selected date of purchase, and can be accessed from any device with streaming capability from locations that have a reliable internet connection.

In addition, private VIP studio rental watch party group tickets, including concessions for $275, limited to 10 guests maximum (pandemic safety protocols apply), available on select Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons between December 5 and 20. School group tickets are available at for $25 for individuals, with $5 of each ticket supporting the host school community’s local education fund, showing opportunities available upon request.

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

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

Music Together Trial Class with South Shore Conservatory
Dec 5 @ 9:30 am

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announces open registration for the second 10-week session of its popular SSC Music Together® Online program, which starts December 7.  Families wishing to experience the fun of Music Together before registering are invited to participate in one of two online trial classes on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:30 am and Saturday, December 5 at 9:30 am.

Music Together Online, for children from birth to four, offers a joyful introduction to song, dance and rhythm.   The program invites families to participate in 35-40 minutes of joyful music-making through song, dance, and age-appropriate rhythmic activities. This new online version allows not only caregivers, but also grandparents and siblings, to join the fun remotely.

The online version includes favorite Music Together songs and activities. Young music-makers, who are constantly up and moving, taking in lots of wonderful musical information throughout the session, are encouraged to use homemade instruments and props from around their homes, include homemade shakers and drums, wooden spoons, scarves, and balls. Metal water bottles work well as resonator bells. Special online class activities include singing about each child’s stuffed animals, play food from their  kitchen, toys in their toy box!

SSC educator Karen Peterson engages families in a virtual Music Together lesson, courtesy image

According to SSC Music Together Director Karen Peterson, current families are raving about the experience.  The King family said, “Music Together Online is so great! Our three and one-year-old are just as captivated by it as when the classes were in person! We love the music, and getting to see Karen and our friends each week! We still get to sing and dance with all our friends, and you get a great CD and music book! Our kids have learned so much from Music Together! We LOVE Music Together Online, and we recommend it to all our friends!”

Parents wishing to sign up for a free trial class should contact Susannah Thornton at s.thornton@sscmusic.org or 781-749-7565 x10.

To register for a session or learn more about Music Together, visit https://sscmusic.org/music-together-at-ssc/, call 781-749-7565 x10, or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook or Instagram.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Dec
6
Sun
The Nutcracker Film by South Shore Ballet Theatre
Dec 6 all-day
Julia Wessler, age 11, of Rockland performs the role of Clara in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker film, on location here at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

Recognizing that its annual holiday live production of The Nutcracker would be impossible to achieve under the current pandemic’s safety protocols, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) donned its tiaras and leapt into action early in September. Marthavan McKeon, SSBT founder and Artistic Director, assembled a support team and organized the studio’s dancers, each conjuring sugar plum dreams of bringing the quintessential holiday ballet classic safely to the homes of their fans on the South Shore.

“The effects of Covid-19 on the performing arts industry are profound,” notes McKeon. “But the holidays will gratefully still arrive, and families will long for the nostalgia inspired by this beloved ballet, so the show must go on.”  “We have created a captivating live story film to satisfy the essence of this holiday tradition for adults and children alike.  The performing arts centers may be vacant, but this story lives on in our hearts and vision.”

Over the last two months, filmmakers Derek Taylor and Liam Fitzpatrick collaborated with South Shore Ballet Theatre to create other-worldly scenes across the South Shore landscape. Focused on scenes from The Nutcracker, a schedule was created to film dancers in celebrated costume among the beautiful vistas of some of the region’s most recognized outdoor locations, welcomed by many supportive businesses and organizations.

Top row (L to R): Khloe Amonte, age 10, of Kingston, Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Lilian Chamberlain, age 10, of Hingham
Bottom row (L to R): Isabelle Ferland, age 10, of Duxbury, Juline Fine, age 10, of Waban
The Candy Canes on location at Millbrook Farms in Duxbury

The pandemic has been anything but ordinary for South Shore Ballet Theatre, as with most arts organizations.  Social distancing protocols have limited the number of students for in-person classes, a challenge that has been met with all classes being offered, both virtually and in person. Across the arts industry, reliable sources of revenue are greatly reduced with the sudden halt to performances, and this alternate version of The Nutcracker is no different.  “This production is traditionally one of our largest income generators of the year. We rely on the ticket sales to fund our many other initiatives.  To eliminate it completely would exacerbate our budget constraints.  We are working hard to keep ballet alive and consider this production and our innovative programs as a bridge back to normalcy,” said McKeon.

(L to R) Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Olivia Stock, age 17, of Duxbury, Tessa Neumann, age 13, of Marshfield, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, Caroline Connelly, age 17, of Quincy, performing Coffee on location at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

“It has been a wonderful process,” shares McKeon.  “Every conversation with local business owners and boards of trustees inspires the leadership of our region to step up and support the arts.  Without their support, we could not have recreated this holiday tradition in a pandemic.”  The need to navigate weather and wind, with ballerinas dancing outdoors, sometimes on gravel or concrete, is not stereotypical of a Nutcracker production, but none of these obstacles interfered with SSBT’s vision.  The final footage for the production is scheduled to be shot on October 25, with barely a month’s time to navigate editing and production before its premiere in early December.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on the south shore for more than 12 years. This year’s filmed version still captures the enchantment of the story, with Clara exploring the 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. The production runs for about an hour and features 67 student dancers representing communities from across the South Shore.

Center (L to R): Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester, Claise Buchholz as Palace Fairy, age 7, of Quincy, Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum Fairy, age 18, of Plymouth
Left (L to R): Palace Fairies Sabrina Niblack, age 9, of Norwell, Evangeline Scheid, age 8, Norwell, Enya Teran, age 8, of Plympton
Right (L to R): Palace Fairies Noelle Hess, age 7, of Cohasset, Estella Emgdahl, age 8, of Hingham, Gwendolyn Demasi, age 7, of Hingham, performing Sugar Plum entrance on location at St. Paul’s Church, Hingham

Online showings of The Nutcracker film are available throughout the month of December. Tickets start at $20 per person, with opportunities for a private studio watch party at SSBT and school fundraising events. For a full streaming performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre.  A link to the performance feed will be provided upon purchase, and can be viewed on a computer, hand-held device or cast to a television screen or monitor.

Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, MA, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, performing Hot Chocolate on location at Old Salt House in Cohasset

South Shore Ballet Theatre gratefully thanks the leadership of Soule Nash Gardens and The King Caesar House, French Memories, Millbrook Farms, and The Oysterman, all in Duxbury; St. Paul’s Church, Hingham Community Center, Carolann’s, Whitney Gordon’s Jewelers, Bloomy Rind, Maggie’s Dog House and Hingham Bathing Beach in Hingham, The Norris Reservation in Norwell and Bia Bistro, Atlantica and Old Salt House in Cohasset, for the generous use of their grounds and properties for the filming of this production.

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT follows 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.

(L to R) Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum, age 18, of Plymouth, on location at Hingham Bathing Beach, Hingham

Tickets to streaming showings of The Nutcracker film range from $20 to $30 for individuals, available on select dates between December 4 and 23.  Tickets allow 24-hour access to the film showing online during the selected date of purchase, and can be accessed from any device with streaming capability from locations that have a reliable internet connection.

In addition, private VIP studio rental watch party group tickets, including concessions for $275, limited to 10 guests maximum (pandemic safety protocols apply), available on select Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons between December 5 and 20. School group tickets are available at for $25 for individuals, with $5 of each ticket supporting the host school community’s local education fund, showing opportunities available upon request.

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

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

Dec
11
Fri
The Nutcracker Film by South Shore Ballet Theatre
Dec 11 all-day
Julia Wessler, age 11, of Rockland performs the role of Clara in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker film, on location here at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

Recognizing that its annual holiday live production of The Nutcracker would be impossible to achieve under the current pandemic’s safety protocols, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) donned its tiaras and leapt into action early in September. Marthavan McKeon, SSBT founder and Artistic Director, assembled a support team and organized the studio’s dancers, each conjuring sugar plum dreams of bringing the quintessential holiday ballet classic safely to the homes of their fans on the South Shore.

“The effects of Covid-19 on the performing arts industry are profound,” notes McKeon. “But the holidays will gratefully still arrive, and families will long for the nostalgia inspired by this beloved ballet, so the show must go on.”  “We have created a captivating live story film to satisfy the essence of this holiday tradition for adults and children alike.  The performing arts centers may be vacant, but this story lives on in our hearts and vision.”

Over the last two months, filmmakers Derek Taylor and Liam Fitzpatrick collaborated with South Shore Ballet Theatre to create other-worldly scenes across the South Shore landscape. Focused on scenes from The Nutcracker, a schedule was created to film dancers in celebrated costume among the beautiful vistas of some of the region’s most recognized outdoor locations, welcomed by many supportive businesses and organizations.

Top row (L to R): Khloe Amonte, age 10, of Kingston, Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Lilian Chamberlain, age 10, of Hingham
Bottom row (L to R): Isabelle Ferland, age 10, of Duxbury, Juline Fine, age 10, of Waban
The Candy Canes on location at Millbrook Farms in Duxbury

The pandemic has been anything but ordinary for South Shore Ballet Theatre, as with most arts organizations.  Social distancing protocols have limited the number of students for in-person classes, a challenge that has been met with all classes being offered, both virtually and in person. Across the arts industry, reliable sources of revenue are greatly reduced with the sudden halt to performances, and this alternate version of The Nutcracker is no different.  “This production is traditionally one of our largest income generators of the year. We rely on the ticket sales to fund our many other initiatives.  To eliminate it completely would exacerbate our budget constraints.  We are working hard to keep ballet alive and consider this production and our innovative programs as a bridge back to normalcy,” said McKeon.

(L to R) Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Olivia Stock, age 17, of Duxbury, Tessa Neumann, age 13, of Marshfield, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, Caroline Connelly, age 17, of Quincy, performing Coffee on location at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

“It has been a wonderful process,” shares McKeon.  “Every conversation with local business owners and boards of trustees inspires the leadership of our region to step up and support the arts.  Without their support, we could not have recreated this holiday tradition in a pandemic.”  The need to navigate weather and wind, with ballerinas dancing outdoors, sometimes on gravel or concrete, is not stereotypical of a Nutcracker production, but none of these obstacles interfered with SSBT’s vision.  The final footage for the production is scheduled to be shot on October 25, with barely a month’s time to navigate editing and production before its premiere in early December.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on the south shore for more than 12 years. This year’s filmed version still captures the enchantment of the story, with Clara exploring the 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. The production runs for about an hour and features 67 student dancers representing communities from across the South Shore.

Center (L to R): Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester, Claise Buchholz as Palace Fairy, age 7, of Quincy, Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum Fairy, age 18, of Plymouth
Left (L to R): Palace Fairies Sabrina Niblack, age 9, of Norwell, Evangeline Scheid, age 8, Norwell, Enya Teran, age 8, of Plympton
Right (L to R): Palace Fairies Noelle Hess, age 7, of Cohasset, Estella Emgdahl, age 8, of Hingham, Gwendolyn Demasi, age 7, of Hingham, performing Sugar Plum entrance on location at St. Paul’s Church, Hingham

Online showings of The Nutcracker film are available throughout the month of December. Tickets start at $20 per person, with opportunities for a private studio watch party at SSBT and school fundraising events. For a full streaming performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre.  A link to the performance feed will be provided upon purchase, and can be viewed on a computer, hand-held device or cast to a television screen or monitor.

Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, MA, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, performing Hot Chocolate on location at Old Salt House in Cohasset

South Shore Ballet Theatre gratefully thanks the leadership of Soule Nash Gardens and The King Caesar House, French Memories, Millbrook Farms, and The Oysterman, all in Duxbury; St. Paul’s Church, Hingham Community Center, Carolann’s, Whitney Gordon’s Jewelers, Bloomy Rind, Maggie’s Dog House and Hingham Bathing Beach in Hingham, The Norris Reservation in Norwell and Bia Bistro, Atlantica and Old Salt House in Cohasset, for the generous use of their grounds and properties for the filming of this production.

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT follows 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.

(L to R) Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum, age 18, of Plymouth, on location at Hingham Bathing Beach, Hingham

Tickets to streaming showings of The Nutcracker film range from $20 to $30 for individuals, available on select dates between December 4 and 23.  Tickets allow 24-hour access to the film showing online during the selected date of purchase, and can be accessed from any device with streaming capability from locations that have a reliable internet connection.

In addition, private VIP studio rental watch party group tickets, including concessions for $275, limited to 10 guests maximum (pandemic safety protocols apply), available on select Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons between December 5 and 20. School group tickets are available at for $25 for individuals, with $5 of each ticket supporting the host school community’s local education fund, showing opportunities available upon request.

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

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

Dec
12
Sat
The Nutcracker Film by South Shore Ballet Theatre
Dec 12 all-day
Julia Wessler, age 11, of Rockland performs the role of Clara in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker film, on location here at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

Recognizing that its annual holiday live production of The Nutcracker would be impossible to achieve under the current pandemic’s safety protocols, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) donned its tiaras and leapt into action early in September. Marthavan McKeon, SSBT founder and Artistic Director, assembled a support team and organized the studio’s dancers, each conjuring sugar plum dreams of bringing the quintessential holiday ballet classic safely to the homes of their fans on the South Shore.

“The effects of Covid-19 on the performing arts industry are profound,” notes McKeon. “But the holidays will gratefully still arrive, and families will long for the nostalgia inspired by this beloved ballet, so the show must go on.”  “We have created a captivating live story film to satisfy the essence of this holiday tradition for adults and children alike.  The performing arts centers may be vacant, but this story lives on in our hearts and vision.”

Over the last two months, filmmakers Derek Taylor and Liam Fitzpatrick collaborated with South Shore Ballet Theatre to create other-worldly scenes across the South Shore landscape. Focused on scenes from The Nutcracker, a schedule was created to film dancers in celebrated costume among the beautiful vistas of some of the region’s most recognized outdoor locations, welcomed by many supportive businesses and organizations.

Top row (L to R): Khloe Amonte, age 10, of Kingston, Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Lilian Chamberlain, age 10, of Hingham
Bottom row (L to R): Isabelle Ferland, age 10, of Duxbury, Juline Fine, age 10, of Waban
The Candy Canes on location at Millbrook Farms in Duxbury

The pandemic has been anything but ordinary for South Shore Ballet Theatre, as with most arts organizations.  Social distancing protocols have limited the number of students for in-person classes, a challenge that has been met with all classes being offered, both virtually and in person. Across the arts industry, reliable sources of revenue are greatly reduced with the sudden halt to performances, and this alternate version of The Nutcracker is no different.  “This production is traditionally one of our largest income generators of the year. We rely on the ticket sales to fund our many other initiatives.  To eliminate it completely would exacerbate our budget constraints.  We are working hard to keep ballet alive and consider this production and our innovative programs as a bridge back to normalcy,” said McKeon.

(L to R) Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Olivia Stock, age 17, of Duxbury, Tessa Neumann, age 13, of Marshfield, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, Caroline Connelly, age 17, of Quincy, performing Coffee on location at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

“It has been a wonderful process,” shares McKeon.  “Every conversation with local business owners and boards of trustees inspires the leadership of our region to step up and support the arts.  Without their support, we could not have recreated this holiday tradition in a pandemic.”  The need to navigate weather and wind, with ballerinas dancing outdoors, sometimes on gravel or concrete, is not stereotypical of a Nutcracker production, but none of these obstacles interfered with SSBT’s vision.  The final footage for the production is scheduled to be shot on October 25, with barely a month’s time to navigate editing and production before its premiere in early December.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on the south shore for more than 12 years. This year’s filmed version still captures the enchantment of the story, with Clara exploring the 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. The production runs for about an hour and features 67 student dancers representing communities from across the South Shore.

Center (L to R): Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester, Claise Buchholz as Palace Fairy, age 7, of Quincy, Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum Fairy, age 18, of Plymouth
Left (L to R): Palace Fairies Sabrina Niblack, age 9, of Norwell, Evangeline Scheid, age 8, Norwell, Enya Teran, age 8, of Plympton
Right (L to R): Palace Fairies Noelle Hess, age 7, of Cohasset, Estella Emgdahl, age 8, of Hingham, Gwendolyn Demasi, age 7, of Hingham, performing Sugar Plum entrance on location at St. Paul’s Church, Hingham

Online showings of The Nutcracker film are available throughout the month of December. Tickets start at $20 per person, with opportunities for a private studio watch party at SSBT and school fundraising events. For a full streaming performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre.  A link to the performance feed will be provided upon purchase, and can be viewed on a computer, hand-held device or cast to a television screen or monitor.

Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, MA, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, performing Hot Chocolate on location at Old Salt House in Cohasset

South Shore Ballet Theatre gratefully thanks the leadership of Soule Nash Gardens and The King Caesar House, French Memories, Millbrook Farms, and The Oysterman, all in Duxbury; St. Paul’s Church, Hingham Community Center, Carolann’s, Whitney Gordon’s Jewelers, Bloomy Rind, Maggie’s Dog House and Hingham Bathing Beach in Hingham, The Norris Reservation in Norwell and Bia Bistro, Atlantica and Old Salt House in Cohasset, for the generous use of their grounds and properties for the filming of this production.

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT follows 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.

(L to R) Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum, age 18, of Plymouth, on location at Hingham Bathing Beach, Hingham

Tickets to streaming showings of The Nutcracker film range from $20 to $30 for individuals, available on select dates between December 4 and 23.  Tickets allow 24-hour access to the film showing online during the selected date of purchase, and can be accessed from any device with streaming capability from locations that have a reliable internet connection.

In addition, private VIP studio rental watch party group tickets, including concessions for $275, limited to 10 guests maximum (pandemic safety protocols apply), available on select Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons between December 5 and 20. School group tickets are available at for $25 for individuals, with $5 of each ticket supporting the host school community’s local education fund, showing opportunities available upon request.

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

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

Dec
13
Sun
The Nutcracker Film by South Shore Ballet Theatre
Dec 13 all-day
Julia Wessler, age 11, of Rockland performs the role of Clara in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker film, on location here at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

Recognizing that its annual holiday live production of The Nutcracker would be impossible to achieve under the current pandemic’s safety protocols, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) donned its tiaras and leapt into action early in September. Marthavan McKeon, SSBT founder and Artistic Director, assembled a support team and organized the studio’s dancers, each conjuring sugar plum dreams of bringing the quintessential holiday ballet classic safely to the homes of their fans on the South Shore.

“The effects of Covid-19 on the performing arts industry are profound,” notes McKeon. “But the holidays will gratefully still arrive, and families will long for the nostalgia inspired by this beloved ballet, so the show must go on.”  “We have created a captivating live story film to satisfy the essence of this holiday tradition for adults and children alike.  The performing arts centers may be vacant, but this story lives on in our hearts and vision.”

Over the last two months, filmmakers Derek Taylor and Liam Fitzpatrick collaborated with South Shore Ballet Theatre to create other-worldly scenes across the South Shore landscape. Focused on scenes from The Nutcracker, a schedule was created to film dancers in celebrated costume among the beautiful vistas of some of the region’s most recognized outdoor locations, welcomed by many supportive businesses and organizations.

Top row (L to R): Khloe Amonte, age 10, of Kingston, Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Lilian Chamberlain, age 10, of Hingham
Bottom row (L to R): Isabelle Ferland, age 10, of Duxbury, Juline Fine, age 10, of Waban
The Candy Canes on location at Millbrook Farms in Duxbury

The pandemic has been anything but ordinary for South Shore Ballet Theatre, as with most arts organizations.  Social distancing protocols have limited the number of students for in-person classes, a challenge that has been met with all classes being offered, both virtually and in person. Across the arts industry, reliable sources of revenue are greatly reduced with the sudden halt to performances, and this alternate version of The Nutcracker is no different.  “This production is traditionally one of our largest income generators of the year. We rely on the ticket sales to fund our many other initiatives.  To eliminate it completely would exacerbate our budget constraints.  We are working hard to keep ballet alive and consider this production and our innovative programs as a bridge back to normalcy,” said McKeon.

(L to R) Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Olivia Stock, age 17, of Duxbury, Tessa Neumann, age 13, of Marshfield, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, Caroline Connelly, age 17, of Quincy, performing Coffee on location at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

“It has been a wonderful process,” shares McKeon.  “Every conversation with local business owners and boards of trustees inspires the leadership of our region to step up and support the arts.  Without their support, we could not have recreated this holiday tradition in a pandemic.”  The need to navigate weather and wind, with ballerinas dancing outdoors, sometimes on gravel or concrete, is not stereotypical of a Nutcracker production, but none of these obstacles interfered with SSBT’s vision.  The final footage for the production is scheduled to be shot on October 25, with barely a month’s time to navigate editing and production before its premiere in early December.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on the south shore for more than 12 years. This year’s filmed version still captures the enchantment of the story, with Clara exploring the 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. The production runs for about an hour and features 67 student dancers representing communities from across the South Shore.

Center (L to R): Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester, Claise Buchholz as Palace Fairy, age 7, of Quincy, Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum Fairy, age 18, of Plymouth
Left (L to R): Palace Fairies Sabrina Niblack, age 9, of Norwell, Evangeline Scheid, age 8, Norwell, Enya Teran, age 8, of Plympton
Right (L to R): Palace Fairies Noelle Hess, age 7, of Cohasset, Estella Emgdahl, age 8, of Hingham, Gwendolyn Demasi, age 7, of Hingham, performing Sugar Plum entrance on location at St. Paul’s Church, Hingham

Online showings of The Nutcracker film are available throughout the month of December. Tickets start at $20 per person, with opportunities for a private studio watch party at SSBT and school fundraising events. For a full streaming performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre.  A link to the performance feed will be provided upon purchase, and can be viewed on a computer, hand-held device or cast to a television screen or monitor.

Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, MA, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, performing Hot Chocolate on location at Old Salt House in Cohasset

South Shore Ballet Theatre gratefully thanks the leadership of Soule Nash Gardens and The King Caesar House, French Memories, Millbrook Farms, and The Oysterman, all in Duxbury; St. Paul’s Church, Hingham Community Center, Carolann’s, Whitney Gordon’s Jewelers, Bloomy Rind, Maggie’s Dog House and Hingham Bathing Beach in Hingham, The Norris Reservation in Norwell and Bia Bistro, Atlantica and Old Salt House in Cohasset, for the generous use of their grounds and properties for the filming of this production.

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT follows 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.

(L to R) Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum, age 18, of Plymouth, on location at Hingham Bathing Beach, Hingham

Tickets to streaming showings of The Nutcracker film range from $20 to $30 for individuals, available on select dates between December 4 and 23.  Tickets allow 24-hour access to the film showing online during the selected date of purchase, and can be accessed from any device with streaming capability from locations that have a reliable internet connection.

In addition, private VIP studio rental watch party group tickets, including concessions for $275, limited to 10 guests maximum (pandemic safety protocols apply), available on select Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons between December 5 and 20. School group tickets are available at for $25 for individuals, with $5 of each ticket supporting the host school community’s local education fund, showing opportunities available upon request.

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

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

Dec
18
Fri
The Nutcracker Film by South Shore Ballet Theatre
Dec 18 all-day
Julia Wessler, age 11, of Rockland performs the role of Clara in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker film, on location here at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

Recognizing that its annual holiday live production of The Nutcracker would be impossible to achieve under the current pandemic’s safety protocols, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) donned its tiaras and leapt into action early in September. Marthavan McKeon, SSBT founder and Artistic Director, assembled a support team and organized the studio’s dancers, each conjuring sugar plum dreams of bringing the quintessential holiday ballet classic safely to the homes of their fans on the South Shore.

“The effects of Covid-19 on the performing arts industry are profound,” notes McKeon. “But the holidays will gratefully still arrive, and families will long for the nostalgia inspired by this beloved ballet, so the show must go on.”  “We have created a captivating live story film to satisfy the essence of this holiday tradition for adults and children alike.  The performing arts centers may be vacant, but this story lives on in our hearts and vision.”

Over the last two months, filmmakers Derek Taylor and Liam Fitzpatrick collaborated with South Shore Ballet Theatre to create other-worldly scenes across the South Shore landscape. Focused on scenes from The Nutcracker, a schedule was created to film dancers in celebrated costume among the beautiful vistas of some of the region’s most recognized outdoor locations, welcomed by many supportive businesses and organizations.

Top row (L to R): Khloe Amonte, age 10, of Kingston, Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Lilian Chamberlain, age 10, of Hingham
Bottom row (L to R): Isabelle Ferland, age 10, of Duxbury, Juline Fine, age 10, of Waban
The Candy Canes on location at Millbrook Farms in Duxbury

The pandemic has been anything but ordinary for South Shore Ballet Theatre, as with most arts organizations.  Social distancing protocols have limited the number of students for in-person classes, a challenge that has been met with all classes being offered, both virtually and in person. Across the arts industry, reliable sources of revenue are greatly reduced with the sudden halt to performances, and this alternate version of The Nutcracker is no different.  “This production is traditionally one of our largest income generators of the year. We rely on the ticket sales to fund our many other initiatives.  To eliminate it completely would exacerbate our budget constraints.  We are working hard to keep ballet alive and consider this production and our innovative programs as a bridge back to normalcy,” said McKeon.

(L to R) Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Olivia Stock, age 17, of Duxbury, Tessa Neumann, age 13, of Marshfield, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, Caroline Connelly, age 17, of Quincy, performing Coffee on location at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

“It has been a wonderful process,” shares McKeon.  “Every conversation with local business owners and boards of trustees inspires the leadership of our region to step up and support the arts.  Without their support, we could not have recreated this holiday tradition in a pandemic.”  The need to navigate weather and wind, with ballerinas dancing outdoors, sometimes on gravel or concrete, is not stereotypical of a Nutcracker production, but none of these obstacles interfered with SSBT’s vision.  The final footage for the production is scheduled to be shot on October 25, with barely a month’s time to navigate editing and production before its premiere in early December.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on the south shore for more than 12 years. This year’s filmed version still captures the enchantment of the story, with Clara exploring the 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. The production runs for about an hour and features 67 student dancers representing communities from across the South Shore.

Center (L to R): Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester, Claise Buchholz as Palace Fairy, age 7, of Quincy, Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum Fairy, age 18, of Plymouth
Left (L to R): Palace Fairies Sabrina Niblack, age 9, of Norwell, Evangeline Scheid, age 8, Norwell, Enya Teran, age 8, of Plympton
Right (L to R): Palace Fairies Noelle Hess, age 7, of Cohasset, Estella Emgdahl, age 8, of Hingham, Gwendolyn Demasi, age 7, of Hingham, performing Sugar Plum entrance on location at St. Paul’s Church, Hingham

Online showings of The Nutcracker film are available throughout the month of December. Tickets start at $20 per person, with opportunities for a private studio watch party at SSBT and school fundraising events. For a full streaming performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre.  A link to the performance feed will be provided upon purchase, and can be viewed on a computer, hand-held device or cast to a television screen or monitor.

Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, MA, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, performing Hot Chocolate on location at Old Salt House in Cohasset

South Shore Ballet Theatre gratefully thanks the leadership of Soule Nash Gardens and The King Caesar House, French Memories, Millbrook Farms, and The Oysterman, all in Duxbury; St. Paul’s Church, Hingham Community Center, Carolann’s, Whitney Gordon’s Jewelers, Bloomy Rind, Maggie’s Dog House and Hingham Bathing Beach in Hingham, The Norris Reservation in Norwell and Bia Bistro, Atlantica and Old Salt House in Cohasset, for the generous use of their grounds and properties for the filming of this production.

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT follows 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.

(L to R) Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum, age 18, of Plymouth, on location at Hingham Bathing Beach, Hingham

Tickets to streaming showings of The Nutcracker film range from $20 to $30 for individuals, available on select dates between December 4 and 23.  Tickets allow 24-hour access to the film showing online during the selected date of purchase, and can be accessed from any device with streaming capability from locations that have a reliable internet connection.

In addition, private VIP studio rental watch party group tickets, including concessions for $275, limited to 10 guests maximum (pandemic safety protocols apply), available on select Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons between December 5 and 20. School group tickets are available at for $25 for individuals, with $5 of each ticket supporting the host school community’s local education fund, showing opportunities available upon request.

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

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

Dec
19
Sat
The Nutcracker Film by South Shore Ballet Theatre
Dec 19 all-day
Julia Wessler, age 11, of Rockland performs the role of Clara in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker film, on location here at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

Recognizing that its annual holiday live production of The Nutcracker would be impossible to achieve under the current pandemic’s safety protocols, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) donned its tiaras and leapt into action early in September. Marthavan McKeon, SSBT founder and Artistic Director, assembled a support team and organized the studio’s dancers, each conjuring sugar plum dreams of bringing the quintessential holiday ballet classic safely to the homes of their fans on the South Shore.

“The effects of Covid-19 on the performing arts industry are profound,” notes McKeon. “But the holidays will gratefully still arrive, and families will long for the nostalgia inspired by this beloved ballet, so the show must go on.”  “We have created a captivating live story film to satisfy the essence of this holiday tradition for adults and children alike.  The performing arts centers may be vacant, but this story lives on in our hearts and vision.”

Over the last two months, filmmakers Derek Taylor and Liam Fitzpatrick collaborated with South Shore Ballet Theatre to create other-worldly scenes across the South Shore landscape. Focused on scenes from The Nutcracker, a schedule was created to film dancers in celebrated costume among the beautiful vistas of some of the region’s most recognized outdoor locations, welcomed by many supportive businesses and organizations.

Top row (L to R): Khloe Amonte, age 10, of Kingston, Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Lilian Chamberlain, age 10, of Hingham
Bottom row (L to R): Isabelle Ferland, age 10, of Duxbury, Juline Fine, age 10, of Waban
The Candy Canes on location at Millbrook Farms in Duxbury

The pandemic has been anything but ordinary for South Shore Ballet Theatre, as with most arts organizations.  Social distancing protocols have limited the number of students for in-person classes, a challenge that has been met with all classes being offered, both virtually and in person. Across the arts industry, reliable sources of revenue are greatly reduced with the sudden halt to performances, and this alternate version of The Nutcracker is no different.  “This production is traditionally one of our largest income generators of the year. We rely on the ticket sales to fund our many other initiatives.  To eliminate it completely would exacerbate our budget constraints.  We are working hard to keep ballet alive and consider this production and our innovative programs as a bridge back to normalcy,” said McKeon.

(L to R) Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Olivia Stock, age 17, of Duxbury, Tessa Neumann, age 13, of Marshfield, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, Caroline Connelly, age 17, of Quincy, performing Coffee on location at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

“It has been a wonderful process,” shares McKeon.  “Every conversation with local business owners and boards of trustees inspires the leadership of our region to step up and support the arts.  Without their support, we could not have recreated this holiday tradition in a pandemic.”  The need to navigate weather and wind, with ballerinas dancing outdoors, sometimes on gravel or concrete, is not stereotypical of a Nutcracker production, but none of these obstacles interfered with SSBT’s vision.  The final footage for the production is scheduled to be shot on October 25, with barely a month’s time to navigate editing and production before its premiere in early December.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on the south shore for more than 12 years. This year’s filmed version still captures the enchantment of the story, with Clara exploring the 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. The production runs for about an hour and features 67 student dancers representing communities from across the South Shore.

Center (L to R): Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester, Claise Buchholz as Palace Fairy, age 7, of Quincy, Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum Fairy, age 18, of Plymouth
Left (L to R): Palace Fairies Sabrina Niblack, age 9, of Norwell, Evangeline Scheid, age 8, Norwell, Enya Teran, age 8, of Plympton
Right (L to R): Palace Fairies Noelle Hess, age 7, of Cohasset, Estella Emgdahl, age 8, of Hingham, Gwendolyn Demasi, age 7, of Hingham, performing Sugar Plum entrance on location at St. Paul’s Church, Hingham

Online showings of The Nutcracker film are available throughout the month of December. Tickets start at $20 per person, with opportunities for a private studio watch party at SSBT and school fundraising events. For a full streaming performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre.  A link to the performance feed will be provided upon purchase, and can be viewed on a computer, hand-held device or cast to a television screen or monitor.

Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, MA, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, performing Hot Chocolate on location at Old Salt House in Cohasset

South Shore Ballet Theatre gratefully thanks the leadership of Soule Nash Gardens and The King Caesar House, French Memories, Millbrook Farms, and The Oysterman, all in Duxbury; St. Paul’s Church, Hingham Community Center, Carolann’s, Whitney Gordon’s Jewelers, Bloomy Rind, Maggie’s Dog House and Hingham Bathing Beach in Hingham, The Norris Reservation in Norwell and Bia Bistro, Atlantica and Old Salt House in Cohasset, for the generous use of their grounds and properties for the filming of this production.

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT follows 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.

(L to R) Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum, age 18, of Plymouth, on location at Hingham Bathing Beach, Hingham

Tickets to streaming showings of The Nutcracker film range from $20 to $30 for individuals, available on select dates between December 4 and 23.  Tickets allow 24-hour access to the film showing online during the selected date of purchase, and can be accessed from any device with streaming capability from locations that have a reliable internet connection.

In addition, private VIP studio rental watch party group tickets, including concessions for $275, limited to 10 guests maximum (pandemic safety protocols apply), available on select Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons between December 5 and 20. School group tickets are available at for $25 for individuals, with $5 of each ticket supporting the host school community’s local education fund, showing opportunities available upon request.

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

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

Dec
20
Sun
The Nutcracker Film by South Shore Ballet Theatre
Dec 20 all-day
Julia Wessler, age 11, of Rockland performs the role of Clara in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker film, on location here at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

Recognizing that its annual holiday live production of The Nutcracker would be impossible to achieve under the current pandemic’s safety protocols, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) donned its tiaras and leapt into action early in September. Marthavan McKeon, SSBT founder and Artistic Director, assembled a support team and organized the studio’s dancers, each conjuring sugar plum dreams of bringing the quintessential holiday ballet classic safely to the homes of their fans on the South Shore.

“The effects of Covid-19 on the performing arts industry are profound,” notes McKeon. “But the holidays will gratefully still arrive, and families will long for the nostalgia inspired by this beloved ballet, so the show must go on.”  “We have created a captivating live story film to satisfy the essence of this holiday tradition for adults and children alike.  The performing arts centers may be vacant, but this story lives on in our hearts and vision.”

Over the last two months, filmmakers Derek Taylor and Liam Fitzpatrick collaborated with South Shore Ballet Theatre to create other-worldly scenes across the South Shore landscape. Focused on scenes from The Nutcracker, a schedule was created to film dancers in celebrated costume among the beautiful vistas of some of the region’s most recognized outdoor locations, welcomed by many supportive businesses and organizations.

Top row (L to R): Khloe Amonte, age 10, of Kingston, Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Lilian Chamberlain, age 10, of Hingham
Bottom row (L to R): Isabelle Ferland, age 10, of Duxbury, Juline Fine, age 10, of Waban
The Candy Canes on location at Millbrook Farms in Duxbury

The pandemic has been anything but ordinary for South Shore Ballet Theatre, as with most arts organizations.  Social distancing protocols have limited the number of students for in-person classes, a challenge that has been met with all classes being offered, both virtually and in person. Across the arts industry, reliable sources of revenue are greatly reduced with the sudden halt to performances, and this alternate version of The Nutcracker is no different.  “This production is traditionally one of our largest income generators of the year. We rely on the ticket sales to fund our many other initiatives.  To eliminate it completely would exacerbate our budget constraints.  We are working hard to keep ballet alive and consider this production and our innovative programs as a bridge back to normalcy,” said McKeon.

(L to R) Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Olivia Stock, age 17, of Duxbury, Tessa Neumann, age 13, of Marshfield, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, Caroline Connelly, age 17, of Quincy, performing Coffee on location at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset

“It has been a wonderful process,” shares McKeon.  “Every conversation with local business owners and boards of trustees inspires the leadership of our region to step up and support the arts.  Without their support, we could not have recreated this holiday tradition in a pandemic.”  The need to navigate weather and wind, with ballerinas dancing outdoors, sometimes on gravel or concrete, is not stereotypical of a Nutcracker production, but none of these obstacles interfered with SSBT’s vision.  The final footage for the production is scheduled to be shot on October 25, with barely a month’s time to navigate editing and production before its premiere in early December.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on the south shore for more than 12 years. This year’s filmed version still captures the enchantment of the story, with Clara exploring the 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. The production runs for about an hour and features 67 student dancers representing communities from across the South Shore.

Center (L to R): Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester, Claise Buchholz as Palace Fairy, age 7, of Quincy, Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum Fairy, age 18, of Plymouth
Left (L to R): Palace Fairies Sabrina Niblack, age 9, of Norwell, Evangeline Scheid, age 8, Norwell, Enya Teran, age 8, of Plympton
Right (L to R): Palace Fairies Noelle Hess, age 7, of Cohasset, Estella Emgdahl, age 8, of Hingham, Gwendolyn Demasi, age 7, of Hingham, performing Sugar Plum entrance on location at St. Paul’s Church, Hingham

Online showings of The Nutcracker film are available throughout the month of December. Tickets start at $20 per person, with opportunities for a private studio watch party at SSBT and school fundraising events. For a full streaming performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre.  A link to the performance feed will be provided upon purchase, and can be viewed on a computer, hand-held device or cast to a television screen or monitor.

Olivia Boutin, age 18, of Plymouth, Sofia Mendez, age 17, of Halifax, MA, Catherina Delorie, age 16, of Hingham, performing Hot Chocolate on location at Old Salt House in Cohasset

South Shore Ballet Theatre gratefully thanks the leadership of Soule Nash Gardens and The King Caesar House, French Memories, Millbrook Farms, and The Oysterman, all in Duxbury; St. Paul’s Church, Hingham Community Center, Carolann’s, Whitney Gordon’s Jewelers, Bloomy Rind, Maggie’s Dog House and Hingham Bathing Beach in Hingham, The Norris Reservation in Norwell and Bia Bistro, Atlantica and Old Salt House in Cohasset, for the generous use of their grounds and properties for the filming of this production.

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT follows 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.

(L to R) Julia Wessler as Clara, age 11, of Rockland, Harry Yamakawa-Moser as Cavalier, age 38, of Winchester Olivia Boutin as Sugar Plum, age 18, of Plymouth, on location at Hingham Bathing Beach, Hingham

Tickets to streaming showings of The Nutcracker film range from $20 to $30 for individuals, available on select dates between December 4 and 23.  Tickets allow 24-hour access to the film showing online during the selected date of purchase, and can be accessed from any device with streaming capability from locations that have a reliable internet connection.

In addition, private VIP studio rental watch party group tickets, including concessions for $275, limited to 10 guests maximum (pandemic safety protocols apply), available on select Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons between December 5 and 20. School group tickets are available at for $25 for individuals, with $5 of each ticket supporting the host school community’s local education fund, showing opportunities available upon request.

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

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

Apr
10
Sat
South Shore Conservatory Presents Blue Skies Ahead
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm

Performance is back at SSC!

McGRATHPR.com – South Shore Conservatory (SSC) presents Blue Skies Ahead, an evening of music and conversation with SSC’s Jazz, Rock, Pop (JRP) and World music faculty, on Saturday, April 10 at 7 pm. This virtual event, free and open to the public, is a preview of in-person performances SSC has planned for summer 2021.

This informal night of music, livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube, includes jazz, rock, pop, Latin and swing favorites, performed by JRP vocalists Meredith Borden and Erika Van Pelt; Anthony Geraci and Jeff Williams, piano; Ed Sorrentino, percussion; Juli Finn and Peter Finn, guitar; Peter Mundt, bass; and John Vanderpool, saxophone. This marks the first performance the JRP department has presented in over one year.

Learn more about Blue Skies Ahead at sscmusic.org/blueskies.  To watch the 7 pm performance on April 10, visit South Shore Conservatory’s website, or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook or YouTube.

About South Shore Conservatory

Having celebrated 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Apr
20
Tue
Lyrical Jazz Workshop at South Shore Conservatory
Apr 20 all-day
Students rehearsing in SSC’s Duxbury campus studio, courtesy image

April vacation dance program

McGRATHPR.com – South Shore Conservatory (SSC) has expanded its Dance Department programming, offering two introductory levels of Lyrical Jazz Workshop on Tuesday, April 20 at SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury.  Students may also join virtually.

“We love to offer students new, expressive styles of dance to relatable, contemporary music,” said dance instructor Catherine Piazza. “Lyrical jazz is a fusion style dance form, performed to music with lyrics, that blends elements of modern, jazz, contemporary dance, and ballet.”

Lyrical dance emphasizes displaying emotion in an abstract way. It’s a place for innovation, creativity and stylized movement.

Students aged 7-11 are invited to attend the 10 – 11:15 am session, while students aged 12-17 may attend the 11:30 am – 1:00 pm session.  Beginners are encouraged to attend.  With only nine students allowed in the rehearsal hall at one time, students may attend virtually. The workshop costs $25.

To learn more about Lyrical Jazz Workshop, visit https://sscmusic.org/dance/ or call 781-934-2731 x 10. Find more about South Shore Conservatory on Facebook or YouTube.

A student rehearsing in SSC’s Duxbury campus studio, courtesy image

About South Shore Conservatory

Having celebrated 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Apr
27
Tue
Creative Seeds Studio Free Demo Class
Apr 27 all-day

Longtime arts educator offers engaging infant/youth music and drama classes

Creative Seeds Studio (CSS), a new resource offering engaging online music and drama classes for families with children ages 0 to 8, launches on May 3.  CSS is founded by Plymouth resident and longtime professional music educator Su D’Ambrosio.  Free demo classes are offered on April 27 and May 1, register to participate at Creative Seeds Studio Schedule.

In Creative Seeds Studio’s playful classes, young children explore and learn about music through singing, movement, rhythm play, stories and theatrical play. Each theme-focused session introduces music literacy and pre-reading skills by exploring rhyming, patterning and selected picture books. Drama classes focus on spatial awareness, vocal expression and character development through fun games and imaginative play, and culminate with an online presentation of a story, complete with costumes and props from home.  In family classes, the vital role of parents and families is recognized in cultivating their children’s “creative seeds.”  Parents and caregivers are given tools and tips to utilize the creative process at home to integrate into their daily lives.

Class Offerings:

Creative Seeds (ages 0 to 4)

This music class for students ages 0-4 with a caregiver features songs, stories, and activities designed to plant the seeds of basic music competence. Connect with your child and learn how to incorporate music and movement activities at home!

Discovering Music (ages 4-6)

Designed to develop Basic Music Competence skills, this class lays a strong foundation for future music study.  Students take the learning to the next level as they strengthen their basic music skills through singing, moving, listening and homemade instrument play.

Discovering Drama (ages 4-6)

These drama classes combine fun, teacher-directed activities with opportunities for students to make their own creative choices. Children develop speaking, listening and social skills through structured dramatic play. These classes culminate with a family sharing of a short play based on a familiar storybook.

Creative Seeds Studio serves children up to age 8 and their families, courtesy image

Music FUNdamentals (ages 6-8)

These classes are focused on developing music literacy and setting the foundation for learning to play an instrument. Music FUNdamentals is perfect for students who love to sing, move, and create their own songs.

Rhythm FUNdamentals (ages 6-8)

Rhythm FUNdamentals focuses on percussion instrument play and understanding rhythm patterns. Students learn basic music concepts and skills through learning to play a variety of homemade percussion instruments. No special equipment required!

Groups and Pods

Groups and pods can add a music or drama class tailored to their age, size, and curriculum! Choose a day and time that works with your schedule and incorporate arts education into your week.

Ten-week sessions of 45-minute classes are offered online via Zoom. Groups receive special rates and siblings are eligible for discounts. For detailed information about program registration, tuition and schedules, visit creativeseedsstudio.com, or email Su D’Ambrosio, Director, at creativeseeds777@gmail.com.

About Creative Seeds Studio

Creative Seeds Studio (CSS), a new resource offering engaging online music and drama classes for families with children ages 0 to 8.  CSS is founded on the concept that children learn by participating in and experiencing concepts in their body. By actively singing, dancing, playing instruments and participating in the creative process, students achieve true understanding, master the creative seeds that are planted and primed for growth and development.

Founder and professional music educator Su D’Ambrosio has been teaching music for 30 years in diverse settings, including public school K-12 instrumental and general music, where she taught music classes, beginner band, chorus and jazz ensemble. After the birth of her first child, she discovered early childhood music and was hooked! Su’s teaching focuses on giving students the skills they need to be confident, creative artists, ready to move to the next level. Her classes are fun, interactive, and incorporate singing, movement, instrument play, listening and composition. She earned a MM from UMass Amherst, a BA from Smith College, Orff Level III Certification, Music Together and Musikgarten certifications, and training in Gordon Music Learning Theory. She is currently serving as President and Interim Managing Director for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She has long resided in Plymouth with her daughters Maria, Rosa, and their dog Bernie.

For detailed information about Creative Seeds Studio program registration, tuition and schedules, visit creativeseedsstudio.com, or email creativeseeds777@gmail.com.

May
1
Sat
Creative Seeds Studio Free Demo Class
May 1 all-day

Longtime arts educator offers engaging infant/youth music and drama classes

Creative Seeds Studio (CSS), a new resource offering engaging online music and drama classes for families with children ages 0 to 8, launches on May 3.  CSS is founded by Plymouth resident and longtime professional music educator Su D’Ambrosio.  Free demo classes are offered on April 27 and May 1, register to participate at Creative Seeds Studio Schedule.

In Creative Seeds Studio’s playful classes, young children explore and learn about music through singing, movement, rhythm play, stories and theatrical play. Each theme-focused session introduces music literacy and pre-reading skills by exploring rhyming, patterning and selected picture books. Drama classes focus on spatial awareness, vocal expression and character development through fun games and imaginative play, and culminate with an online presentation of a story, complete with costumes and props from home.  In family classes, the vital role of parents and families is recognized in cultivating their children’s “creative seeds.”  Parents and caregivers are given tools and tips to utilize the creative process at home to integrate into their daily lives.

Class Offerings:

Creative Seeds (ages 0 to 4)

This music class for students ages 0-4 with a caregiver features songs, stories, and activities designed to plant the seeds of basic music competence. Connect with your child and learn how to incorporate music and movement activities at home!

Discovering Music (ages 4-6)

Designed to develop Basic Music Competence skills, this class lays a strong foundation for future music study.  Students take the learning to the next level as they strengthen their basic music skills through singing, moving, listening and homemade instrument play.

Discovering Drama (ages 4-6)

These drama classes combine fun, teacher-directed activities with opportunities for students to make their own creative choices. Children develop speaking, listening and social skills through structured dramatic play. These classes culminate with a family sharing of a short play based on a familiar storybook.

Creative Seeds Studio serves children up to age 8 and their families, courtesy image

Music FUNdamentals (ages 6-8)

These classes are focused on developing music literacy and setting the foundation for learning to play an instrument. Music FUNdamentals is perfect for students who love to sing, move, and create their own songs.

Rhythm FUNdamentals (ages 6-8)

Rhythm FUNdamentals focuses on percussion instrument play and understanding rhythm patterns. Students learn basic music concepts and skills through learning to play a variety of homemade percussion instruments. No special equipment required!

Groups and Pods

Groups and pods can add a music or drama class tailored to their age, size, and curriculum! Choose a day and time that works with your schedule and incorporate arts education into your week.

Ten-week sessions of 45-minute classes are offered online via Zoom. Groups receive special rates and siblings are eligible for discounts. For detailed information about program registration, tuition and schedules, visit creativeseedsstudio.com, or email Su D’Ambrosio, Director, at creativeseeds777@gmail.com.

About Creative Seeds Studio

Creative Seeds Studio (CSS), a new resource offering engaging online music and drama classes for families with children ages 0 to 8.  CSS is founded on the concept that children learn by participating in and experiencing concepts in their body. By actively singing, dancing, playing instruments and participating in the creative process, students achieve true understanding, master the creative seeds that are planted and primed for growth and development.

Founder and professional music educator Su D’Ambrosio has been teaching music for 30 years in diverse settings, including public school K-12 instrumental and general music, where she taught music classes, beginner band, chorus and jazz ensemble. After the birth of her first child, she discovered early childhood music and was hooked! Su’s teaching focuses on giving students the skills they need to be confident, creative artists, ready to move to the next level. Her classes are fun, interactive, and incorporate singing, movement, instrument play, listening and composition. She earned a MM from UMass Amherst, a BA from Smith College, Orff Level III Certification, Music Together and Musikgarten certifications, and training in Gordon Music Learning Theory. She is currently serving as President and Interim Managing Director for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She has long resided in Plymouth with her daughters Maria, Rosa, and their dog Bernie.

For detailed information about Creative Seeds Studio program registration, tuition and schedules, visit creativeseedsstudio.com, or email creativeseeds777@gmail.com.

Walk Around the World for The Kerry Jon Walker Fund
May 1 – May 31 all-day
Students expressing their joy on a Kerry Jon Walker Fund intercultural learning trip in Rwanda, image by Kerry Fund Global Connections student, Khalid Mohamed

Proceeds create life changing opportunities for global awareness through intercultural learning trips for Boston Public School students

McGRATHPR.com – The Kerry Jon Walker Fund (KJWF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity and supporting those affected by poverty, presents Walk Around The World a one-month challenge from May 1 through 31, accumulating miles and impact to support The Kerry Fund’s mission to ensure that financially challenged youth from less advantaged communities enjoy cross-cultural, immersive experiences steeped in experiential learning, generating a global opportunity to serve.

Walk anywhere around the world this May with The Kerry Fund, and walk with purpose! Walk Around The World puts the spring in the collective step around the globe, with a goal for participants to collectively walk 24,901 miles, the earth’s full circumference. Participants may walk, jog, or run anywhere, anytime during the month of May in financial and social support. Supporters will log miles, get in shape and raise money while fulfilling the inherent human desire to do good.

“Life did not stop during the pandemic,” shares KJWF Founder Mikey Walker. “Education is imperative, and the youth of Boston Public Schools are our hope for the future.  Our fundraising efforts help create opportunities for local students in preparation for and during our intercultural learning trips.  Over time, our Global Connections alumni have impressed upon us the distances many Rwandans travel for water, food, school and medical care. We understand that fitness is imperative, and those endorphins are a perfect complement to the change of the spring season.”  Walker parallels her inspiration for the fundraiser in the Rwandan tradition of “Mucaka Mucaka”, the Rwandan community’s custom of passing the miles while blending song, dance and movement into the journey.

Founded in 2010, enhancing the education of youth is at the heart of The Kerry Jon Walker Fund’s mission.  Amongst its accomplishments, KJWF provided 3000 lbs. of books, maps and educational materials, as well as school uniforms, to village schools in Guinea, West Africa.  The community ranks amongst the poorest in the world, home to the region’s most deprived children.

A student enjoying a Kerry Jon Walker Fund intercultural learning trip in Rwanda, image by Kerry Fund Global Connections student, Khalid Mohamed

Since 2013, students supported by The Kerry Fund have traveled to Rwanda to experience the world beyond their neighborhoods.  Participants begin their commitment by studying Rwandan history, genocide and the road to reconciliation. They are inspired to be active in their own communities by creating service projects that raise social issue awareness while helping others in need, developing empathy as they experience the power of giving.

Each student’s knowledge culminates in travel to Rwanda, Africa.  For many this is their first air travel experience. Upon arrival at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV), the students become immersed in an international culture and build life-long bonds with the Village’s resident orphaned teenagers. They learn local customs and engage in service projects that benefit the ASYV and Rwandan communities. These Kerry Fund opportunities inspire students to realize their potential impact as alumni and support their futures as local and global leaders for change.

To participate in Walk Around The World, visit thekerryfund.org/walk-around-the-world to register.  KJWF will email participants once weekly during the month of May, requesting a miles walked report logged by each participant.  Individuals may register as a gift donor, walker, group walk organizer or as an individual with pledged sponsors.  Participants are encouraged to share their journey on Facebook and Instagram utilizing the hashtag #walkaroundtheworld.  To learn more or support the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, visit thekerryfund.org.

About The Kerry Jon Walker Fund

The Kerry Jon Walker Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity and supporting those affected by poverty, promotes sustainable programs to improve health, education, and economic opportunity for those in need.  The Kerry Fund’s current mission programs provide financially challenged Boston teens with opportunities to engage in community service trips to aid orphaned teens at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. The Fund is also the proud recipient of a Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 grant. To learn more or support the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, visit thekerryfund.org, or follow the Fund on Facebook.