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

Celebrating the season with treasured choral carols

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

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

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

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

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

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

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

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

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

St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth

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

Children age of 14 and under are admitted free

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

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

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

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

Holiday theatrical classic revived for Americana’s third biennial production

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Americana Theatre Company

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

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

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

Tickets: $20 general admission

Danica Buckley, Conductor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Choral Art Society

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

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

Program:

A Winter’s Day

A Festive Pat-a-Pan

A Vaughan Williams Christmas

Deck the Halls Rag

Angels in Seven

Glow

Stopping By Woods on A Snowy Evening

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

Welcome. Be Thou Welcome!

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

About Danica Buckley, Artistic Director, Choral Arts Society  

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

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

Celebrating the season with treasured choral carols

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

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

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

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

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

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3 pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port

Matthew Scinto, Conductor

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

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

 

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

Program:

IVES: Symphony No. 3 The Camp Meeting

BARBER: Knoxville, Summer of 1915

PRICE: Andante Moderato

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

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

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

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

Christmas in Harvard Square concert program:

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

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

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

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

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

Joy to the world – English carol arr. James Kennerley

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

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

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

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

Gloria – John Rutter (b. 1945)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

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

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

Church at the Green, 6 Plympton Street, Middleborough

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A prior SSBT production of The Nutcracker, featuring Clara and Drosselmeyer, image by Maura Longueil
Apr
10
Sun
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra Presents The Lark Ascending
Apr 10 @ 3:00 pm

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents the concert, “The Lark Ascending”, on Sunday, April 10, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port.  The orchestra is conducted by Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto.

“It is crazy to think it has been almost two years since we were originally supposed to have this special concert event, but I’m grateful to be involved with Wild Care and learn more about the resources and services they bring to Cape Cod. They are a wonderful organization and educational beacon when it comes to the diverse wild life that inhabit our home here, and I’m glad to be partnering with them in our orchestral program”, shares Scinto.

CCCO concludes its Season Four with this collaborative performance with Wild Care Cape Cod, whose mission is to treat injured, ill and orphaned native wildlife for release, and to engage the community in conservation through volunteerism. Wild Care will be providing a live owl experience before the concert for a limited number of guests at 2 PM.

CCCO Concertmaster Jean Huang is featured in Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, as the orchestra looks towards the sky. Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonietta and Dvorak’s sunny Serenade for Strings also fill the program.

“We are all quite excited to be performing the Lark Ascending with Jean, who has been our fearless leader since our orchestra has been founded. The Vaughan Williams is incredibly nostalgic yet captures the soaring essence of birds, roaming freely from place to place. It displays the violin in many different ways. The Britten Sinfonietta is the composers earliest opus and yet provides an immense amount of sophistication from the 18 year old college student. Our concert concludes in a riveting fashion with our string orchestra taking on Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings” shares Scinto.

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra prides itself on exceptional programming and its collaborative performances, a highlight of every season.  Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, CCCO’s mission is to connect the diverse arts communities and individuals of Cape Cod inclusively. By collaborating with other disciplines of art and culture, the Orchestra aims to create unique concert experiences while providing exciting, enriching and memorable orchestral music.  Spotlighting living composers is at the forefront of the orchestra’s mission; bringing audiences closer to the music of modern time, positioned as an essential and educational element to each performance program.  Other repertoire emphasizes the championing of works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.

Tickets to “The Lark Ascending” are $35 general admission, children and students attend for free.  Regarding CCCO’s Covid-19 policy, masks will be required by all audience members at this time. Please check the website for the latest Covid policy. Tickets are available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at each venue door by cash or credit card.

For more information visit capecodchamberorchestra.org, email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.

Program:

WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending

Jean Huang, violin

BRITTEN:  Sinfonietta

HOLST:  Green Brook Suite

DVORAK:  Serenade for Strings

 

Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

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, the Music Director for the Civic Orchestra of New Haven (CT), and Director of Music at Pilgrim Church in Harwichport. He has twice studied conducting at the Tanglewood Music Center, and also currently serves as a cover conductor for the Portland Maine Symphony. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, where he received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. As the Founder & Music Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, he has established the only professional chamber orchestra serving the region, with a mission to commission music collaboratively with individuals and organizations. Recently the orchestra was awarded the 1st PRIZE in the American Prize Competition for Orchestra performance in 2020, and was recently named “Best New Cultural Attraction” by Yankee Magazine in 2019. Dr. Scinto has been involved in Alzheimer’s care for the past several years, working with memory care facilities at Maplewood Senior Living and the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center. By using aspects of music appreciation and conducting, Dr. Scinto has developed a curriculum for working with individuals dealing with memory loss in order to allow them to reconnect to their loved ones and enjoy fun movement to music.

Jean Huang, violin

Taiwanese violinist Jean Huang’s active performing career has brought her to concert halls internationally and throughout the United States. Maintaining an active professional career, Jean serves as the concertmaster of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and has received recognition for her leading and artistry by Cape Cod Times and other prominent music critics. Jean also serves as a member of the Phoenix Orchestra (Boston), where she participated as the principal violinist and performed 16 episodes of the “Chronophone” online chamber music series on Twitch during the pandemic, covering the western music history from pre-baroque to modern era. Praised for her poised and expressive playing, Jean enjoys performing standard repertoire and contemporary music. She also works as the first violinist in CØDA contemporary ensemble and gives regular concerts at the Old South Church in Boston. Huang currently maintains a private studio in Boston, with students ranging from six years old to adults. She also serves as the violin faculty at the New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education and preparatory school. Huang holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees in Violin Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory. 

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.

 

Apr
30
Sat
Kippy, Pray for the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living!
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm

Harrison, Maine resident Gail Phaneuf, playwright, educator, composer, actor and director, and Artistic and Executive Director for Maine’s Deertrees Theatre, debuts her one-woman play “Kippy, Pray for the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living!” on Saturday, April 30, 7 pm and Sunday, May 1, 3 pm at Denmark Arts Center, 50 W. Main St., Denmark. Admission is $10, available at the door.  A talk back immediately follows the performance, featuring the playwright and members of The Lake’s Region Recovery Center staff on topics explored in the performance.

Phaneuf’s inventive “Kippy” story is expressed as a one-woman imagining of a conversation with the late Kip Tiernan, social justice hero.  Kippy was an extraordinary character and force of nature who changed the face of social justice in Boston, Massachusetts. Passionate and salty-tongued, she engendered outrage and empathy for the plight of poor and homeless women.  As the founder of Rosie’s Place in 1974, she launched the first-ever homeless sanctuary for women in the United States.  Kippy later went on to establish the Greater Boston Food Bank.  The first production of the play was postponed in Boston in 2020 due to the pandemic.  During that period, Phaneuf created and edited a film version of “Kippy”, which won awards from both the Doctors Without Borders and LGBTQ Unbordered International Film Festivals.

Gail Phaneuf, playwright, educator, composer, actor and director, courtesy image

Gail Phaneuf has devoted her entire career to theatre.  As a playwright and composer, Phaneuf has penned three full musicals and sixteen plays, performed at venues around the world.  Her award-winning “Monsters! A Midlife Musical Meltdown,” premiered in Boston, and subsequently produced at Deertrees Theatre, among others.  Her play “Breakfast with Mary”premiered at Deertrees in 2011.  Her teen musical “The Love Note” was produced Off-Broadway in 2014 and continues to be performed around the globe.  Other works include “Memorize You”, a song-cycle, and several one act plays.  Phaneuf founded G.P. Technologies/Productions in Boston, MA, and served as former president of Boston’s Playwrights’ Platform.  She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and earned a master’s degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College.  She also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering.  As an educator, she served for more than a decade as the Playwright in Residence, Senior Lecturer, sound designer and theatre director at Curry College.  To learn more, visit gailphaneuf.com.

For more information about the “Kippy” performance, visit denmarkarts.org, email info@denmarkarts.org, call 207-452-2412 or follow Denmark Arts Center on Facebook.

About Denmark Arts Center

The Odd Fellows Hall was built in the Italianate Victorian Style in the lower village of Denmark, Maine, under the hill, in 1884. It became an important social center for the citizens of Denmark and surrounding towns for over one hundred years.  The old building, now the Denmark Arts Center, has again served as a community focal point, providing cultural activities for the people of Denmark and surrounding towns. The Denmark Arts Center is a unifying force, a magical place for all ages, thriving in the historic  1883 Odd Fellows Hall located in the foothills of western  Maine. The Denmark Arts Center inspires joy, growth, creativity and community through the arts.  For more information visit denmarkarts.org, email info@denmarkarts.org, call 207-452-2412 or follow Denmark Arts Center on Facebook.

May
1
Sun
What a Wonderful World: Songs of Earth, Sea, and Sky Concert
May 1 @ 4:00 pm

Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS), the region’s community choral ensemble, presents “What a Wonderful World: Songs of Earth, Sea, and Sky”, on Sunday, May 1, 4 pm at House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 916 Main Street, Hingham. The chorus is conducted by Artistic Director Danica A. Buckley, accompanied by CAS accompanist Ellyses Kuan, piano and features Sally Cole Tucker, flute.  The program offers an uplifting, and thought-provoking afternoon, pairing captivating choral music selections steeped in the themes of earth, sea, and sky, along with engaging presentations by the region’s environmental organizations.

“We cannot ignore the planet in its beauty and fragility, especially on the South Shore, in our delicate coastal ecosystem. Years ago, I conducted a Choral Art Society concert of songs about earth and creatures, very popular with chorus and audience,” shares Buckley.  “I have revived that program with new pieces and have collaborated with three local environmental organizations, as we celebrate their missions to educate and provide recreation around earth, sea, and sky – birds in the sky, specifically. I want to combine music and science to bring more awareness to our environmental concerns, while celebrating the extraordinary beauty around us.”

With an eye to the sky and its heart in the sea, the concert program for “What a Wonderful World” explores the vast canvas of nature’s beauty.  Song selections draw from this worldly splendor, including “There is a Pleasure”, “Oceanus”, “Under the Sea” and “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”.  A Massachusetts premiere of the powerful “Singing for Water” by Composer Brent Michael Davids, who celebrates his Mohican heritage, and by lyricist Tara Zhaabowekwe Houska, of the Water Protector Movement.  The piece draws on roots of Native Americans as “Water Protectors singing for water”, the source of life, with a nod to repairing ecosystems and Indigenous approaches to watershed management and restoration. The composition’s proceeds support Honor the Earth, a non-profit supporting Native American environmental issues. Other selections include Mendelssohn’s classic “Die Nachtigall” (The Nightingale), celebrating avian friends, and “The Lark in the Clear Air”, a traditional Irish folk tune, featuring Sally Cole Tucker on flute, as well as other like-theme repertoire.

Choral Art Society singers in rehearsal, image by Michelle McGrath PR

In its collaborative objective, “What a Wonderful World” spotlights local environmental organizations, celebrating their missions, and providing them a platform to share information on our region’s coastal environment with the audiences.  Representatives from North and South Rivers Watershed Association,  the Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research, and Mass Audubon Society appear briefly during the program to expand the audience’s ecological knowledge and grow appreciation to protect the beauty that surrounds us.

Masks are optional for this performance. If policy changes at the venue before May 1, the audience will be notified via CAS’s website and Facebook page.

Tickets for “What a Wonderful World” are $20 general admission; youth ages 18 and under are admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased from CAS members, at the door, or advance online at tix.com. For more information about Choral Art Society, visit choralartsociety.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

About Choral Art Society

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

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

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

About Danica Buckley, Artistic Director

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

May
7
Sat
Pilgrim Festival Chorus Presents A Woman’s Voice
May 7 @ 7:30 pm

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal community chorus, presents its spring season concert, A Woman’s Voice, on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, May 8 at 4 pm, at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth. The concert, co-directed by William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, features instrumentalist Adam Grüschow, bassoon.

Originally scheduled for spring 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment (guaranteeing and protecting a woman’s constitutional right to vote), A Woman’s Voice seeks to honor the lives and voices of women.

For much of human history, the record of how women lived, what they thought, and how they acted is sparse. A Woman’s Voice uses music built on themes of girlhood, love, motherhood, faith, pain, rebellion, loss, and hope to describe some of the experiences common to women. Selections in the program range from spirituals and gospel songs to folksongs and sensitive settings of poetry. Some of the texts are by writers as well-known as Abigail Adams, Helen Keller, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, while many of the choral settings are by some of the best contemporary women composers. Whether expressing the joy of youth, the intensity of love, the pain of loss, or the sacrifices made as a patriot or a pioneer, this concert will reflect the many and varied voices of women.

Since 1999, PFC has delighted South Shore audiences with classical programming. More than seventy vocalists of all adult ages fill out the ensemble, dedicated to authentic choral singing. In June, PFC will present American Vignettes, exploring some of America’s iconic musicals, and in December, PFC will have their annual holiday season concert and a Messiah Sing.

Tickets for A Woman’s Voice are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, and $15 for students over 14. Children aged 14 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org or from PFC members. Tickets are also available at the door, limited to venue capacity.  Pilgrim Festival Chorus considers the safety of its members and audience a highest priority. Singers are currently committed to being fully vaccinated and are wearing masks for rehearsals and performances.  Audience members are mandated by the Town of Plymouth to wear masks while in attendance and to keep as socially distanced as possible.  Any changes to this policy will be posted on the PFC website and social media.

Singers with Pilgrim Festival Chorus in concert, photo by Dan Rapoza

For more information, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

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

May
14
Sat
Peter and the Wolf / Gala 2022 with South Shore Ballet Theatre
May 14 all-day

South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) presents the famed Profokiev musical story “Peter and the Wolf” as a staged, family-friendly ballet at its annual Gala 2022 on Saturday, May 14, 2 pm, Thayer Academy Center for Performing Arts, 745 Washington Street, Braintree.

An additional benefit performance will be held the same day, Saturday, May 14, 4:30 pm, featuring SSBT’s Pre-Professional students performing alongside students from Ocean State Ballet, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Lake Placid School of Ballet and SSBT graduate Olivia Boutin. The benefit performance debuts an original ballet choreographed by SSBT’s Artistic Director Marthavan McKeon.  The benefit supports those in need in war-torn Ukraine, directing 100% of the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders and World Central Kitchen, both organizations currently supporting the cause.

The cast of South Shore Ballet Theatre’s Peter and the Wolf,
image by Maura Longueil of Abbey Knoll Photography

An arts-centered magical experience for all ages, SSBT’s “Peter and the Wolf” explores Composer Sergei Prokofiev’s most famed symphonic folk tale, commissioned in 1936.  Created as a child’s introduction to orchestral instruments, the story unfolds through a narrator, who highlights characters aligned in the musical theme through four instrument families – strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.  In the story, Peter, who resides with his grandfather, dissuades his grandson from visiting his garden to avoid lurking wolves.  Defiantly curious Peter sneaks out and meets several characters in the garden and pond – the Bird, Duck and Cat.  When Grandfather catches Peter during his adventure, he sends him home and locks the gate.  Soon after, the Wolf appears, and attempts to catch the woodland animals.  From his window, Peter observes the incident and pledges to catch the wolf!  Equipped with a rope, Peter ascends the garden wall, where he and other helpers catch the Wolf to deliver him to the zoo.  A surprise ending to the ballet leaves the audience smiling and entertained.

“SSBT has always been committed to helping reach students in need.  Our current commitment has shifted to a more global effort to reach artists and dancers affected by the war in Ukraine. The ballet I am creating for this special benefit is costumed by Elevé Dancewear, who have committed funds from the sale of their Ukraine product line to support dancers in the war-torn region. South Shore Ballet Theatre alsol commits all proceeds from our benefit performance to help feed and care for the people of Ukraine. We have also committed to offering tuition-free classes for Ukrainian refugee families living in the United States that have children that want to dance,” shares Marthavan McKeon, SSBT’s founder.

“Peter and the Wolf” features 65 SSBT students, spanning ages 6 through 18, representing 19 towns across the region.  The performance also features guest artist J. Bradford Lowe in the role of Grandfather, an instructor at Winchester’s Firebeat Ballroom Studios and a frequent highlight in SSBT’s beloved annual production of “The Nutcracker”.

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 nine-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.  The National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

Tickets to “Peter and the Wolf” are $20 in person, $25 for digital download for streaming broadcast at home, available at 29965.danceticketing.com. To make a donation to support South Shore Ballet Theatre, or for more information about SSBT’s programs, tuition and performances, visit southshoreballettheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

May
15
Sun
South Shore Children’s Chorus Spring Concert
May 15 @ 2:00 pm

South Shore Children’s Chorus (SSCC), the region’s training program for all young singers, presents a “Spring Concert” on Sunday, May 15, 2 pm at Milton High School Auditorium, 25 Gile Road, Milton.

SSCC’s “Spring Concert” features more than 130 student singers from across the greater South Shore region performing works by uplifting choral pieces from the folk and choral traditions.  The ensemble features student singers from grades K- 12, engaged in SSCC’s three age-leveled ensembles – Training Choir (grades K-2), Intermediate Choir (grades 3-6) or Advanced Choir (grades 7-12) – throughout the 2021-22 school year.

“South Shore Children’s Chorus has grown exponentially this year, starting with 75 singers in the fall, now serving over 130 singers this spring. Securing Milton High School’s auditorium as a new performance venue provides the best experience to accommodate all our singers, families, and community supporters,” says Oberoi.

South Shore Children’s Chorus was founded in 2016 by Quincy native Kirsten Oberoi, featuring choral programs for student singers in grades pre-K through 9. The organization immediately grew to include an annual summer program, and Advanced Choir serving high school singers in grades 8 to 12. In the years since, SSCC has collaboratively performed with many music organizations including The Treble Chorus of New England, Genesis Chamber Singers, Quincy Choral Society and Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.  In 2018, South Shore Children’s Chorus expanded to a second rehearsal site in Sharon and launched its third campus in Hanover in 2021.  Joyful, positive encouragement and an uplifting environment inspire SSCC choristers to learn and embrace confidence through their own voice.

South Shore Children’s Chorus’s mission is to provide joyful music education and vocal training to students in South Shore communities and beyond. SSCC reveres the development and well-being of its students as a top priority, aiming to create a safe space and loving community for choristers to learn, grow and to find their own voice.  SSCC is passionate about access for all chorister students, regardless of financial circumstance or prior musical experience.  Need-based tuition assistance is available by application.

For tickets to SSCC’s “Spring Concert”, visit southshorechildrenschorus.org/blog-layouts/tickets.  Seats are reserved at the time of purchase online, available on a first come, first serve basis, limited to venue capacity.  Free parking is available on site.

For program, tuition and registration information for summer or school-year programs, visit southshorechildrenschorus.org, email Managing Director Michelle McGrath at mcgrath@sscchorus.org, or follow South Shore Children’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

Songs of Springtime Concert
May 15 @ 3:00 pm
Choristers of St. Paul’s Choir School and instrumentalists in concert, under the direction of James Kennerley,
image by Julia Monaco Photography

Billboard Classical chart-topping choir and baroque ensemble performs Mozart and Vivaldi masterworks in Harvard Square

McGRATHPR.com – The acclaimed Saint Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys presents “Songs of Springtime”, a triumphant classical music concert on Sunday, May 15, 3 pm at St. Paul’s Parish, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge.  The performance is conducted by Saint Paul’s Choir School (SPCS) Director of Music and Choirmaster James Kennerley.  Joining the performance are members of Melius Ensemble, a period-instrument orchestra founded by Kennerley in 2019, featuring instrumentalists from Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and other fine early musicians from across the United States.

Now an annual tradition, the hope-inspiring “Songs of Springtime” concert features the Billboard Classical chart-topping Saint Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys, angelic voices performing a thrilling program in Saint Paul’s Church’s sublime acoustic setting. This season the performance offers works of two of the most enduring classical composers of all time – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi.  Repertoire includes Mozart’s elegant and uplifting “Sparrow Mass” (Missa brevis in C), the sublime “Laudate Dominum”, and Vivaldi’s famous “Gloria”.

A chorister at St. Paul’s Choir School,
image by Julia Monaco Photography

Likely composed for Easter at Salzburg Cathedral, around 1776, Mozart’s “Spatzenmesse” (Sparrow Mass) is derived from the opening of the “Hosanna in excelsis”, featuring a violin figure resembling a chirping bird. The work achieves a sense of uplifting grandeur through its use of trumpets and timpani, highlighting exuberant sections of text. One of Mozart’s most distinctive and famous melodies, the “Laudete Dominum” is drawn from a larger work composed in 1780 for the evening service of Vespers, featuring a highly melismatic solo soprano melody, gently accompanied by the orchestra and the choir.

“The sound of the boys’ voices is unique and quite unlike the sound of, say, professional female vocalists that perform the vast majority of early music performances,” shares Kennerley.  “It’s the sound that composers such as Mozart, Bach, and Handel would have known. We are thrilled to give what may be the first historically informed performance of the Mozart works in the area. Ironically, the Vivaldi was written for female voices, although it has a long performance history with boys’ treble voices.”

Choristers of St. Paul’s Choir School and instrumentalists in concert,
under the direction of James Kennerley, image by Julia Monaco Photography

“Guided by institutions such as the Boston Early Music Festival, the Cambridge and Boston region has long served as a global center for the performance of early music. Historically informed instrumentalists take great pains to play instruments that are constructed in traditional manner, and singers likewise aim to replicate the sounds and style of musicians from the time that the music was composed.” Melius Ensemble features period instrumentalists renowned for their expert interpretations of 17th and 18th-century repertoire. “I’m excited to have them collaborate with our renowned Saint Paul’s Choir. The Vivaldi and Mozart pieces form a thrilling showcase for both choir and orchestra,” Kennerley comments.

Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, the composer’s most famed work, offers a brilliant and colorful setting of text from the Ordinary of the Mass (Glory to God in the highest) which commemorates the words the angels sang to the shepherds announcing the birth of Jesus. Each section of the text receives its own musical treatment, from the energetic opening and closing movements, the nimble vocal duet, “Laudamus te”, and the lilting “Domine Deus”.

Tickets for “Songs of Springtime” are $35 general admission, $50 reserved seating and $70 for premium seating.  To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit saintpaulschoirschool.us/songsofspringtime. tickets , visit saintpaulschoirschool.us/songsofspringtime.

Songs of Springtime program:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791): Missa brevis in C, K. 220 “Sparrow Mass”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Laudate Dominum from Solemn Vespers for a Confessor, K. 339

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741): Gloria, RVW 589

About Saint Paul’s Choir School

Founded in 1963 by Dr. Theodore Marier, Saint Paul’s Choir School (SPCS) is the only private all-boys Catholic choir day school in the United States. SPCS prepares boys in grades 3 through 8 to succeed in the strongest secondary schools, becoming confident and virtuous leaders, to grow into compassionate adults. SPCS unites a rigorous academic and musical curriculum rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition. Within this community of faith, friendship and high expectations, students build the habits of mind and heart to rise to all of life’s demands and thrive.

Saint Paul’s Choir School’s world-class music program trains students in choral music appreciation, theory and practice, enabling them to grow as thoughtful students, disciplined performers and virtuous young men. Students sing music ranging from Gregorian chant to contemporary choir commissions to choral masterworks.   The choir provides beautiful liturgical music at daily and Sunday services at Saint Paul’s Church and have released professional recordings, including “Ave Maria” and “Christmas in Harvard Square” by Aim Higher Recordings (available at saintpaulschoirschool.us). The ensemble tours internationally and has performed alongside renowned groups such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Uniquely integrated with music study, the school’s vigorous academic program provides an outstanding classical preparation in the liberal arts, which prepare boys well for the most competitive high schools. The positive influence derived from the study of music on other academics is clearly evident. Often families are unaware that their child is a capable singer upon entry.  Students receive incomparable academic benefits through SPCS’s frequent choral practice, regular performances, and academic study of music theory. 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, email admin@saintpaulschoirschool.us, or follow Saint Paul’s Choir School Harvard Square on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

May
21
Sat
Art Auction and Global Market to Benefit the Kerry Jon Walker Fund
May 21 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Kerry Jon Walker Fund (KJWF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity and supporting those affected by poverty, presents a benefit Art Auction and Global Market,on Saturday, May 21, from 4 to 8 pm, at Sunset Point Camp, 2 10th Street, Hull. All proceeds 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.  The art auction spotlights local printmaker and mixed media artist Sharon Whitham.  Her works of art are inspired by the beauty, resilience and change occurring in nature.  She is captivated by organic shapes and patterns in mountains, shells, feathers, trees and grasses.  “I am drawn to their beauty of design and shape, their color, a sense of history, connectedness and transience,” shares Whitham.  The auction highlight will be a 10-piece collection “Forgive but Don’t Forget,” inspired by Whitham’s experiences visiting Rwanda.

A painting, one in a series of 10 named ‘Forgive but Don’t Forget’, by Artist Sharon Whitham, will be featured at the KJWF Art Auction, courtesy image

The art auction spotlights local printmaker and mixed media artist Sharon Whitham. Her works of art are inspired by the infinite variations of color, texture and shape in nature as well as a sense of history, connectedness and impermanence in the natural world. Sharon explores themes  of loss, change, cycles and rhythms, spiritual and physical journeys, balance, and our connections to each other and the natural world. The auction highlight will be a 10-piece collection of original monotypes called “Forgive but Don’t Forget,” inspired by Whitham’s experiences visiting Rwanda.

The art auction spotlights local printmaker and mixed media artist Sharon Whitham. Her works of art are inspired by the infinite variations of color, texture and shape in nature as well as a sense of history, connectedness and impermanence in the natural world. Sharon explores themes  of loss, change, cycles and rhythms, spiritual and physical journeys, balance, and our connections to each other and the natural world. The auction highlight will be a 10-piece collection of original monotypes called “Forgive but Don’t Forget,” inspired by Whitham’s experiences visiting Rwanda.

Live entertainment will be featured at the Art Auction and Global Marketby Kalifa & Koliba, catered light bites by Hingham’s Clandestine Kitchen, shopping opportunities for hand-crafted wares and more from abroad, a silent and live auction, and a cash bar.  Purchases make wonderful gifts, support a great cause and may be taken home the same night.

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.

Admission to the Art Auction and Global Market is $35, available at the door and at thekerryfund.org.  Admission fee and purchases may be paid for by cash, check and credit card on site.  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.  To learn more or support the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, visit www.thekerryfund.org, or follow the Fund on Facebook.

Jun
26
Sun
Pilgrim Festival Chorus’s American Vignettes concert series
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm

Pilgrim Festival Singers, a select vocal ensemble of Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), presents its four-concert summer series, “American Vignettes – Selections from iconic American musicals”. Performances are at 7:30 pm on Friday, June 17 at First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate; Saturday, June 18 at First Congregational Church, 254 Main Street, Plympton; Saturday, June 25 at Central Congregational Church, 2 Webster Street, Middleborough; and Sunday, June 26 at St. Bonaventure Parish, 801 State Road, Plymouth. The ensemble is conducted by William B. Richter and accompanied by Elizabeth Chapman Reilly on piano, PFC’s artistic directors.

Musical theatre has deep roots in the United States.  Over the past century, countless productions have debuted, many centered on the theme of American life. “American Vignettes” offers Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”, and Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story”. In honor of the late Stephen Sondheim’s immense contribution to musical theater, the singers perform a special tribute: “Sondheim! A Choral Celebration”, featuring many of his best-known songs. Audiences will revel in beloved tunes including “Oklahoma,” “76 Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” “Maria,” “There’s a Place for Us,” “Comedy Tonight,” and “Send in the Clowns,” and more. Talented soloists are drawn from the chorus. A must see for musical theatre lovers!

Tickets for “American Vignettes” are $10 available at the door, or online at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit singing group dedicated to sharing the world’s great choral music, performing public and private concerts; and to providing music education to its members and the public; by encouraging and promoting the performance of quality choral music. American Vignettes is funded in part by grants from Middleborough, Plymouth, Plympton, and Scituate Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information, visit PFC’s website at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

Jul
7
Thu
Americana Theatre’s The Robber Bridegroom
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm

Americana Theatre Company (ATC), Plymouth’s professional theatre company, presents the rousing Robin Hood-esque, southern bluegrass musical tale “The Robber Bridegroom”, playing Thursdays through Sundays from July 7 through 24, at Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth. “The Robber Bridegroom” is based on the novella by Eudora Welty, with book and lyrics by Alfred Uhry, and music by Robert Waldman.  The production is directed by Michael Kirkland, with music direction by Sarah Troxler.

Robber Bridegroom poster

“This production represents a pivotal moment for Americana Theatre Company.  Our cast not only performs their roles, but actually play all the instruments of a live bluegrass band as well – including piano, guitars, fiddles, banjo, bass and percussion.  The Robber Bridegroom represents the true landscape of Americana on stage, captivating theatre lovers and music aficionados of the folk, country and bluegrass genres alike, theatrical elements we are thrilled to champion!” shares Derek Martin, ATC founder.

A rousing, bawdy, southern fairytale, “The Robber Bridegroom” is an enchanting musical from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the beloved book/movie “Driving Miss Daisy,” Eudora Welty. Its music delves deep into the plot through its onstage cast-and-band as one of the only genuine bluegrass scores ever heard in a Broadway musical!  Set in 18th century Mississippi, the riveting tale is centered on Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods, courting Rosamund, the sole daughter of the richest planter in the country. Fairytale aspirations derail when a double-mistaken identity and wacky hijinx tip the tale awry. An evil stepmother steps in, intent on Rosamund’s demise, with her pea-brained henchman, skyrocketing the bedlam into a rollicking country romp!

“The Robber Bridegroom” features ATC company members Derek Martin as Jamie Lockhart/Guitar, Jesse Sullivan as Clement Musgrove, Erin Friday as Salome and David Friday as Little Harp.  Special guest artists include Kelly Ann Dunn as Rosamund, Spencer Gayden as Big Harp/Percussion, Jesse Winton as Goat/Guitar, Angelica Vendetti as First Fiddle, Rachel Wambeke as Goat’s Mother/Second Fiddle/Ensemble, Emma Harlow as Raven, Matthew Girard as Ensemble/Bass, Bob Sullivan as Banjo, Connor Northcutt and Payton Gobeille as Ensemble and Sarah Troxler as Music Director/Piano.

“This is simultaneously a musical theatre comedy and an immersive bluegrass concert all in one!” shares Jesse Sullivan, ATC artistic director. “We chose this show because it is the best musical you’ve never seen, and we’re confident that our audience will have the best time they ever enjoyed attending our stellar productions, leaving them with a spring in their step and their heart!”

Tickets for “The Robber Bridegroom” are $35 for adults, $30 for students and seniors. Most performances begin at 7 pm, Sunday matinees perform at 2 pm. The production will abide by all state health safety guidelines for performing arts venues.

To purchase tickets to “The Robber Bridegroom,” or for more information about Americana Theatre Company, visit americanatheatre.org/tickets, or call 508-591-0282. Spire Center for Performing Arts is handicap accessible, and paid public parking is available street side and in nearby public lots.

About Americana Theatre Company

Americana Theatre Company (ATC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional theatre company serving the Greater Plymouth region. Founder and Executive Director Derek Martin, Managing Director David Friday, Artistic Director Jesse Sullivan and Director of Education Erin Friday are the leadership team charged with continuing the founding vision of opening a professional theatre in America’s Hometown, a dream fulfilled in 2011.  ATC’s audiences find that story is paramount. Stories entertain, teach, and thrill us … they can inspire us toward the betterment of mankind, and help reveal the hidden mysteries of life.  ATC is committed to hiring directors, actors, and designers of the highest caliber, with an aim to enliven the cultural atmosphere of the Plymouth community by offering excellent, entertaining theatre and theatre education to residents and visitors alike. For more information, visit americanatheatre.org, or call 508-591-0282.

Jul
16
Sat
Studio Americana’s The Jungle Book
Jul 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Studio Americana’s elementary school program presents The Jungle Book on Saturday, July 16, 2 pm at Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth.  Tickets are $5 at the door.

Deep in the heart of the Indian Jungle, Bagheera discovers a Man-Cub named Mowgli.  Only the wolves Akela and Raksha may save his life and raise him as their own.  But Shere Khan, the Great Tiger, has targeted the boy. Bagheera teaches the boy all he knows about the Jungle.  Baloo the lovable bear befriends Mowgli and saves him from the fearsome grasp of Kaa, the Python, and the wild Monkey-People.  But who can save him from Shere Kahn?

 

Jul
30
Sat
Studio Americana’s Newsies Jr.
Jul 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Studio Americana’s middle/high school program presents Disney’s Newsies Jr. on Saturday, July 30, 2 pm, at Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

Disney’s Newsies Jr. is a 60-minute version of the 2012 Broadway musical, based on the 1992 film. Inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies Jr. features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys’ expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what’s right.

Aug
2
Tue
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 43rd Summer Season
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm

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

“We are thrilled to be returning to the Festival this August!” shares Co-Artistic Director Nakamatsu. “Performing with some of the finest musicians from around the world and sharing these incredible concerts with music lovers across Cape Cod delivers so much joy.”  Co-Artistic Director Manasse adds “The atmosphere of ‘collective effervescence’ experienced in our audiences last season was a welcome respite from the pandemic, as we once again gathered together to enjoy exceptional live music.  In response, we’ve expanded our concert offerings this year.”


2022 Season Highlights:

  • “A Quartet of Quartets” – the Ying and Borromeo return, the Ariel and Verona make their Festival debuts!
  • “Miraculous Masterpieces” – the 16-year-old Mendelssohn’s immortal Octet and Copland’s beloved “Appalachian Spring”
  • “Concerto Gala” with Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu
  • “Piano Extravaganza” – the Festival finale

This season, in the interest of public health and safety, and by popular demand, concerts are programmed to be 60 to 80 minutes in length without intermission, beginning at 5 pm, with the exception of the free public concert on August 16 at 7 pm (see schedule).

Tickets for the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival concerts are $40 general admission on August 2, 3, 9, 12 and 17; $55 general admission on August 5 and 19.  All concerts offer $15 admission for college students (with ID); and free admission for attendees 18 and under.  The August 16 concert at the National Seashore is free admission for all.  Tickets for the 2022 season can be purchased by phone at 508-247-9400 and online at capecodchambermusic.org.  Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival health and safety protocols for this season will be announced prior to the first concert, following state and local mandates.

2022 Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Season Schedule:

Ariel Quartet Photo: Marco Borggreve

Debut: Ariel Quartet

Tuesday, August 2, 5 pm; Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd., Cotuit

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN                   String Quartet in F Minor, Hob. III:35

MATAN PORAT                                 Four Ladino Songs for String Quartet (composed for the Ariel Quartet)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN             String Quartet in C Major, Opus 59 No. 3 (“Razumovsky”)

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

The Verona Quartet, courtesy image

Debut: Verona Quartet                                                                   

Wednesday, August 3, 5 pm; First Congregational Church of Chatham, 650 Main St., Chatham

GIACOMO PUCCINI                          Crisantemi (“Chrysanthemums”) for String Quartet

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN             String Quartet in F Major, Opus 18 No. 1

GYÖRGY LIGETI                               String Quartet No. 1 (“Métamorphoses nocturnes”)

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

Miraculous Masterpieces                                                     

Friday, August 5, 5 pm; First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet

Ariel String Quartet and Verona String Quartet

Jon Manasse, clarinet, Tanya Dusevic Witek, flute; Cynde Iverson, bassoon, Tony Falanga, bass

FELIX MENDELSSOHN                     Octet in E-flat Major for Strings, Opus 20

AARON COPLAND                            Appalachian Spring (original scoring for 13 instruments)

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

Concerto Gala

Monday, August 8, 5 pm, First Congregational Church of Chatham, 650 Main St., Chatham

Jon Manasse, clarinet; Jon Nakamatsu, piano; Ying String Quartet

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART   Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622

(arr. for clarinet and string sextet by Marnix van den Berg)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN             Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 58

(arrangement – Vienna, early 19th century – for piano and string sextet)

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

Ying Quartet, l-r: Janet Ying (violin), Phillip Ying (viola) new first violinist Robin Scott, and David Ying (cello), in Wolk Atrium outside Hatch Hall at Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music March 23, 2015 // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

An Evening with the Ying

Tuesday, August 9, 5 pm, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd., Cotuit

Ying String Quartet

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN                   String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 74 No. 3 (“Rider”)

JOHN NOVACEK                               Two Rags for String Quartet (The Drifter, Intoxication)

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK                          String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Opus 51 (B. 92) (“Slavonic”)

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

The Ying and Brian Zeger

Friday, August 12, 5 pm, First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet

Brain Zeger, piano; Ying String Quartet

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN                   Trio in A Major for Piano, Violin and Cello, Hob. XV:18

ZHOU LONG                                      The Old Fisherman

JOHANNES BRAHMS                        Quintet in F Minor for Piano and Strings, Opus 34

eGALitarian Brass, courtesy image

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

An Evening with eGALitarian Brass                                             

Tuesday, August 16, 7 pm, National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Rd., Eastham

eGALitarian Brass

Works by Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, Tania León, Zoe Cutler; Jazz and popular favorites

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

Borromeo String Quartet, image by Richard Bowditch

Borromeo Returns                                                                           

Wednesday, August 17, 5 pm, Dennis Union Church, 713 Main St., Dennis

Borromeo String Quartet

ELEANOR ALBERGA                        String Quartet No. 2

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN             String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Opus 131

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

Piano Extravaganza

Joyce Yang, piano, courtesy image

Friday, August 19, 5 pm, First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet

Jon Nakamatsu, Lisa Nakamichi, Orli Shaham, Joyce Yang, piano

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART   Sonata in D Major for Piano Four Hands, K. 381

JOHANNES BRAHMS                        Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos, Op. 56b

MAURICE RAVEL                              Ma mère l’Oye (“Mother Goose”) for Piano Four Hands

DARIUS MILHAUD                            Scaramouche, suite for Two Pianos, Opus 165b

CHARLES GOUNOD                          Waltz from Faust for Two Pianos, Eight Hands (arr. Renaud de Vilback)

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

About Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

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

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

Aug
12
Fri
The Ying Quartet’s Residency at Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival
Aug 12 @ 5:00 pm

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival hosts a three-concert, weeklong residency with The Ying Quartet – an imaginative Festival favorite ensemble since 2011.  The performance residency, held on August 8, 9 and 12, is a top highlight of the Festival’s 43rd summer season of presenting quality chamber music on Cape Cod.

Grammy® Award-winning Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s world. Now in its third decade, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world’s most important concert halls; at the same time, the Quartet’s belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House. In fact, the Ying Quartet’s constant quest to explore the creative possibilities of the string quartet has led it to an unusually diverse array of musical projects and interests.

Then Ying Quartet’s weeklong residency launches with “Concerto Gala” on Monday, August 8, 5 pm, at First Congregational Church in Chatham.  The concert boasts Festival premieres of two great concertos in their chamber music versions. Artistic Directors Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu shine in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (arranged for clarinet and string sextet by Marnix van den Berg) and Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto (arranged in Vienna during Beethoven’s lifetime for piano and string quintet). This concert is followed by a fundraising reception at the beautiful Wequassett Inn and Golf Resort.

The pace quickens on Tuesday, August 9, 5 pm, at Cotuit Center for the Arts with The Ying Quartet’s performance of Haydn’s String Quartet in G Minor, known as “The Rider” or “The Horseman,” due to its galloping finale. Two delightful rags by American composer John Novacek make their first Festival appearance, followed by Dvorak’s ever-popular “Slavonic” String Quartet in E-flat Major.

On Friday, August 12, at 5 pm,The Ying Quartet is joined by the Festival’s former Artistic Director, pianist Brian Zeger, for a colorful program opening with Haydn’s Piano Trio in A Major from the composer’s golden London years of the early 1790s, followed by a piece from Chinese American composer Zhou Long as he evokes the poem of Liǔ Zōngyuán (773 – 819), “An Old Fisherman,” which reads:

An old fisherman spent the night here, under the western cliff;

He dipped up water from the pure Hsiang and made a bamboo fire;

And then, at sunrise, he went his way through the cloven mist,

With only the creak of his paddle left, in the greenness of mountain and river.

…I turn and see the waves moving as from heaven,

And clouds above the cliffs coming idly, one by one.

The program concludes with one of the towering masterpieces of chamber music, the Piano Quintet in F Minor by Johannes Brahms.

This season, in the interest of public health and safety, and by popular demand, concerts are programmed to be 60 to 80 minutes in length without intermission, beginning at 5 pm, with the exception of the free public concert on August 16 at 7 pm

Tickets for the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival concerts are $40 general admission on August 2, 3, 9, 12 and 17; $55 general admission on August 5 and 19.  All concerts offer $15 admission for college students (with ID); and free admission for attendees 18 and under.  The August 16 concert at the National Seashore is free admission for all.  Tickets for the 2022 season can be purchased by phone at 508-247-9400 and online at capecodchambermusic.org.  Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival health and safety protocols for this season will be announced prior to the first concert, following state and local mandates.  For more information, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook.

The Ying Quartet’s Three-Concert Residency:

Concerto Gala

Monday, August 8, 5 pm, First Congregational Church of Chatham, 650 Main St., Chatham

Jon Manasse, clarinet; Jon Nakamatsu, piano; Ying String Quartet

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART   Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622

(arr. for clarinet and string sextet by Marnix van den Berg)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN             Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 58

Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse,
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s Artistic Directors

(arrangement – Vienna, early 19th century – for piano and string sextet)

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

An Evening with the Ying

Tuesday, August 9, 5 pm, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd., Cotuit

Ying String Quartet

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN                   String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 74 No. 3 (“Rider”)

JOHN NOVACEK                               Two Rags for String Quartet (The Drifter, Intoxication)

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK                          String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Opus 51 (B. 92) (“Slavonic”)

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

The Ying and Brian Zeger

Friday, August 12, 5 pm, First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet

Brian Zeger, courtesy image

Brain Zeger, piano; Ying String Quartet

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN                   Trio in A Major for Piano, Violin and Cello, Hob. XV:18

ZHOU LONG                                      The Old Fisherman

JOHANNES BRAHMS                        Quintet in F Minor for Piano and Strings, Opus 34

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

About Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

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

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

Aug
16
Tue
Brass in the Park at Cape Cod National Seashore
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm

The Cape Cod National Seashore’s amphitheater at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham resounds on Tuesday, August 16, 7 pm, with “Brass in the Park” – a free outdoor public concert marking the Cape Cod debut of eGALitarian Brass. The award-winning all-women ensemble is dedicated to performing and commissioning new works by diverse composers and breaking boundaries of classical chamber music. Exciting new works by Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, Tania Leon and Zoe Cutler will be presented, together with jazz and popular favorites.

eGALitarian Brass is a classical quintet by day and a party band by night, featuring Kate Amrine and Melissa Muñoz on trumpet, Blair Hamrick on French horn, Julie Dombroski on trombone, and Heather Ewer on tuba. “We prioritize performing music by diverse composers with an emphasis on music by women composers, who have often been historically underrepresented in brass repertoire.”

This concert opens the third and final week of the 43rd season of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. eGALitarian Brass is followed by a return of the beloved Borromeo String Quartet, and the Festival closes with a Piano Extravaganza featuring four stellar pianists on two concert grand pianos.

This season, in the interest of public health and safety, and by popular demand, concerts are programmed at 60 to 80 minutes in length without intermission, beginning at 5 pm, with the exception of this free public concert on August 16, performed at 7 pm (see schedule).

Tickets for the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival concerts are $40 general admission on August 2, 3, 9, 12 and 17; $55 general admission on August 5 and 19.  All concerts offer $15 admission for college students (with ID); and free admission for attendees 18 and under.  The August 16 concert at the National Seashore is free admission for all.  Tickets for the 2022 season can be purchased by phone at 508-247-9400 and online at capecodchambermusic.org.  Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival health and safety protocols for this season will be announced prior to the first concert, following state and local mandates.

Brass in the Park:

An Evening with eGALitarian Brass                                             

Tuesday, August 16, 7 pm, National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Rd., Eastham

eGALitarian Brass

Works by Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, Tania León, Zoe Cutler; Jazz and popular favorites

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

About Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

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

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

Aug
19
Fri
Piano Extravaganza – A Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Finale Concert
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm

Renowned performing artists appear in Festival’s final concert in Wellfleet

McGRATHPR.com – Two Steinway D concert grand pianos fill the stage for “Piano Extravaganza”, the grand finale of Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s (CCCMF) 43rd season on Friday, August 19, 5 pm at First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet.

CCCMF Co-Artistic Director Jon Nakamatsu gathers a luminous roster of top professional pianists – Orli Shaham, Lisa Nakamichi, and Joyce Yang – for a festive performance. Repertoire features “orchestral” style works by Brahms, Ravel, Milhaud and Gounod – all scored for four or eight hand piano – a marvel to watch and hear. Let your fantasy wander through the melodies associated with St. Anthony, Mother Goose, Scaramouche and Faust in this once-in-a-lifetime concert!

This season, in the interest of public health and safety, and by popular demand, concerts are programmed to be 60 to 80 minutes in length without intermission, beginning at 5 pm, with the exception of the free public concert on August 16 at 7 pm (see schedule).

Tickets for the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival concerts are $40 general admission on August 2, 3, 9, 12 and 17; $55 general admission on August 5 and 19.  All concerts offer $15 admission for college students (with ID); and free admission for attendees 18 and under.  The August 16 concert at the National Seashore is free admission for all.  Tickets for the 2022 season can be purchased by phone at 508-247-9400 and online at capecodchambermusic.org.  Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival health and safety protocols for this season will be announced prior to the first concert, following state and local mandates.

Festival Finale Program:

Piano Extravaganza

Friday, August 19, 5 pm, First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St., Wellfleet

Jon Nakamatsu, Lisa Nakamichi, Orli Shaham, Joyce Yang, piano

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART   Sonata in D Major for Piano Four Hands, K. 381

JOHANNES BRAHMS                        Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos, Op. 56b

MAURICE RAVEL                              Ma mère l’Oye (“Mother Goose”) for Piano Four Hands

DARIUS MILHAUD                            Scaramouche, suite for Two Pianos, Opus 165b

CHARLES GOUNOD                          Waltz from Faust for Two Pianos, Eight Hands (arr. Renaud de Vilback)

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

About Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

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

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

Aug
29
Mon
South Shore Ballet Theatre’s Open House
Aug 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Nutcracker community dancer auditions, boys’ scholarship auditions, open classes and faculty meet and greet over two days

South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT), the region’s pre-professional ballet school, hosts two auditions and programs “Open Houses” on Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30, 3 to 6 pm, at its studios at 45 Industrial Park Road, Hingham. The events are open to the public and admission is free, welcoming both prospective and returning students and their families.

SSBT’s “Open House” offers something of interest to everyone who loves dance!  Special events include auditions for several roles in SSBT’s annual treasured production of The Nutcracker and auditions for the Boys’ Ballet Scholarship program.  Open ballet classes will be offered for all dancers ages seven and up.  Meet SSBT’s artistic director Marthavan McKeon and the school’s world class faculty while touring the beautiful facility’s studios and enjoy refreshments.  Photographer Brooke Trisolini will be on site offering dancer photo mini sessions.

Open House Schedule of Events

Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30

Faculty Meet and Greet, 3 to 6 pm (Studio 2)

Meet SSBT’s artistic director and faculty while enjoying refreshments

Boys’ Scholarship Auditions and Open Ballet Class, 4 to 5 pm (Studio 1)

Dancers arrive dressed for class: Girls – leotard, tights, ballet shoes; Boys – fitted shorts, plain t-shirt, ballet shoes or jazz shoes

Boys’ scholarships are merit based and are offered for the full year, no prior experience necessary

Nutcracker Community Dancers’ Auditions for SSBT’s The Nutcracker, 5 to 6 pm

All dancers ages 11 to 14 are welcome to audition

Open Ballet Classes, 4 to 5 pm (Studio 3)

Dancers of all skill levels ages 7 and up welcome

Photoshoot Mini Sessions, 4 to 5:30 pm

Book 15-minute photo sessions for your dancer with Photographer Brooke Trisolini

15-minute mini sessions deliver 5 fully edited images, $85 per dancer; 20-minute mini sessions deliver 10 fully edited images, $100 per dancer

Dancers arrive in one outfit, (school uniform preferred), posed photos taken outdoors

To register for any of the Open House programs or auditions in advance, email ballet@southshoreballettheatre.com.  For more information about South Shore Ballet Theatre, its programs, tuition, scholarships, and performances, visit SouthShoreBalletTheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on social media.

About South Shore Ballet Theatre

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) is a pre-professional ballet school featuring world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT’s mission is to provide students and their families with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of ballet and related dance disciplines in a safe and nurturing environment, encouraging students to strive to achieve their fullest potential, regardless of course of study.

SSBT students frequently take the performance stage including the beloved full-length production of The Nutcracker, their annual Spring Gala and throughout the year collaboratively with local schools and arts programs, sharing the appreciation of dance with the local community.

SSBT staff are committed to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. All students are welcome regardless of appearance, gender, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or disability. SSBT maintains an open-door policy so that all individuals may join the SSBT community and share this art form.

SSBT’s programs include American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT®) National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough nine-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.

For more information about South Shore Ballet Theatre, its programs, tuition, scholarships, and performances, visit SouthShoreBalletTheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on social media.

Aug
30
Tue
South Shore Ballet Theatre’s Open House
Aug 30 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Nutcracker community dancer auditions, boys’ scholarship auditions, open classes and faculty meet and greet over two days

South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT), the region’s pre-professional ballet school, hosts two auditions and programs “Open Houses” on Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30, 3 to 6 pm, at its studios at 45 Industrial Park Road, Hingham. The events are open to the public and admission is free, welcoming both prospective and returning students and their families.

SSBT’s “Open House” offers something of interest to everyone who loves dance!  Special events include auditions for several roles in SSBT’s annual treasured production of The Nutcracker and auditions for the Boys’ Ballet Scholarship program.  Open ballet classes will be offered for all dancers ages seven and up.  Meet SSBT’s artistic director Marthavan McKeon and the school’s world class faculty while touring the beautiful facility’s studios and enjoy refreshments.  Photographer Brooke Trisolini will be on site offering dancer photo mini sessions.

Open House Schedule of Events

Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30

Faculty Meet and Greet, 3 to 6 pm (Studio 2)

Meet SSBT’s artistic director and faculty while enjoying refreshments

Boys’ Scholarship Auditions and Open Ballet Class, 4 to 5 pm (Studio 1)

Dancers arrive dressed for class: Girls – leotard, tights, ballet shoes; Boys – fitted shorts, plain t-shirt, ballet shoes or jazz shoes

Boys’ scholarships are merit based and are offered for the full year, no prior experience necessary

Nutcracker Community Dancers’ Auditions for SSBT’s The Nutcracker, 5 to 6 pm

All dancers ages 11 to 14 are welcome to audition

Open Ballet Classes, 4 to 5 pm (Studio 3)

Dancers of all skill levels ages 7 and up welcome

Photoshoot Mini Sessions, 4 to 5:30 pm

Book 15-minute photo sessions for your dancer with Photographer Brooke Trisolini

15-minute mini sessions deliver 5 fully edited images, $85 per dancer; 20-minute mini sessions deliver 10 fully edited images, $100 per dancer

Dancers arrive in one outfit, (school uniform preferred), posed photos taken outdoors

To register for any of the Open House programs or auditions in advance, email ballet@southshoreballettheatre.com.  For more information about South Shore Ballet Theatre, its programs, tuition, scholarships, and performances, visit SouthShoreBalletTheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on social media.

About South Shore Ballet Theatre

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) is a pre-professional ballet school featuring world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT’s mission is to provide students and their families with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of ballet and related dance disciplines in a safe and nurturing environment, encouraging students to strive to achieve their fullest potential, regardless of course of study.

SSBT students frequently take the performance stage including the beloved full-length production of The Nutcracker, their annual Spring Gala and throughout the year collaboratively with local schools and arts programs, sharing the appreciation of dance with the local community.

SSBT staff are committed to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. All students are welcome regardless of appearance, gender, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or disability. SSBT maintains an open-door policy so that all individuals may join the SSBT community and share this art form.

SSBT’s programs include American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT®) National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough nine-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.

For more information about South Shore Ballet Theatre, its programs, tuition, scholarships, and performances, visit SouthShoreBalletTheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on social media.

Aug
31
Wed
Deertrees Theatre’s 86th Summer Entertainment Season
Aug 31 all-day
McGRATHPR.com – Historic Deertrees Theatre, Maine’s most enchanting playhouse, announces its 86th season summer of events and entertainment.  Deertrees has been serving the Greater Maine region since 1936, offering an eclectic summer season of entertainment featuring theatrical productions and comedies, family shows and concerts annually from June through early September. In keeping with its 86-year tradition of “rising from the ashes”, Deertrees once again ascends to offer summer entertainment and respite in its magical Maine lake village of Harrison.  “The theatre has a long history of resiliency, enduring shutdowns due to wars, disrepair, financial hardship and this global pandemic.  We’re prepared to emerge celebrating the spirit of the arts and feisty Mainers who eagerly anticipate gathering with friends and family,” shares Deertrees’ Executive and Artistic Director Gail Phaneuf.

~  2022 Summer Mainstage Events  ~

Always . . . Patsy Cline

Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, 7:30 pm, tickets are $32

Back for a second season by popular demand starring Katie Connor and Gail Phaneuf, “Always…Patsy Cline” is a musical based on the true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961 and continued a friendship with Cline until her death.  The show is a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963.  The musical, complete with down home country humor, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight”, 27 songs in all – in one of the most produced musicals in America.  Sponsored by Pamela Sessions at Barefoot Realty.
Tim Sample, Maine Humorist, courtesy image

Maine Humorist Tim Sample

Saturday, July 2, 7:30 pm, tickets are $30

Maine native Tim Sample has a unique New England style of humor that has gained him a national following for more than 20 years. When introducing Tim on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, Charles Gibson referred to him as, “The man who wrote the book-literally, on Maine humor!” Legendary newsman Charles Kuralt has called Sample “Maine’s Humorist Laureate.” Sponsored by Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake.

Ragtime Fair

Sunday, July 3, 12 noon to 5 pm

Admission is $15 – includes the three-act Variety Show from 2-3:15 pm

Come one, come all and enjoy Deertrees’ beautiful grounds and family-friendly activities.  Festival tents feature psychic readings, children’s art-making activities and hula hoop lessons.  Members of the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department will offer complimentary grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for all to enjoy, donations gratefully accepted. At 2 pm, the entertainment ramps up when the Variety Show offers Ragtime Rebellion Band featuring live music, a comedy show is performed by Jack “Off-Broadway”, and Nettie Gentempo performs spectacular hula hoop dancing and offers lessons.  Private Psychic readings are $35 on site.  Sponsored by Firefly Boutique, Maine Street Graphics, Inc., Beth’s Kitchen, and Friendly Village Firearms.

Windborne Folk Singers

Friday July 8, 7:30 pm, tickets are $25

Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the skies above Deertrees as the Windborne Singers present their timeless folk songs.  The ensemble shifts from radically different genres like no other band, as comfortable with an improvised Corsican couplet song as an English ballad. Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music is clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, sharing stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.  Sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

 Don Campbell Band

Saturday, July 9, 7:30 pm, tickets are $30

The Don Campbell Band by Stewart Smith Photography
Portland-based singer/songwriter Don Campbell has a unique and uncanny ability to sing comfortably in the tenor range of Vince Gill, Chris Isaak or Dan Fogelberg, moving easily into the sub-bass range of country greats Josh Turner and Johnny Cash, with music that resides in the home of  “American crossover”, akin to the Eagles and John Cougar Mellencamp.  Don is committed to “always perform for the audience, never at them.” He is a highly talented multi-instrumentalist performing on acoustic guitar, piano, B3 organ, bass, electric guitar, nylon string guitar, mandolin and harmonica in recordings. Enjoy music that feels like a friend, a natural extension of the singer-songwriter and his to-notch band.  Sponsored by David and Darbee Percival and Bavarian Chocolate Haus.

Yellow Bird Chase

Thursday, July14, 4:00 pm, tickets are $15 and $10 for groups of 8 or more

Liars and Believers Acting Troupe presents a madcap show for kids ages 2 to 80.  A clownish maintenance crew finds a magical yellow bird and the mad chase begins. Racing over land, across the sea and through the air, battling pirates and monsters, how far will our heroes without ever leaving the storage room? Leap into a world of imagination! An adventure of masks, puppets, and gibberish, “Yellow Bird Chase” is appropriate for the whole family and is fully accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences.  See this theatrical gem before it opens in August at the famed Edinburgh Theatre Festival. Sponsored by Laird’s Family Auto & Service and Lakes Region Recovery Center.

Robin Spielberg’s Give My Regards to Broadway

Friday, July 15, 7:30 pm, tickets are $28

Beloved pianist/composer and Steinway Artist Robin Spielberg has won the hearts of listeners around the world with compelling melodies and sensitive piano techniques since debuting her first recording of original solos for piano.  A prolific composer, Spielberg has 20 recordings to her credit and appears on over 40 compilations around the world. Her discography includes albums of original piano solos, arrangements of American standards, original pieces for piano/ensemble, recordings for the holidays, a CD of American melodies and a CD of lullabies. Robin Spielberg is represented on tour by Kosson Talent.  Sponsored by Olde Mill Tavern and Greenwood Manor Inn.

Imagine – The Beatles Solo Years

Saturday, July 23, 7:30 pm, tickets are $32

In 1969, The Beatles walked across Abbey Road and away from the studio where they created the most important body of work that any rock band has before or since.  “Imagine – The Beatles Solo Years” brings together the solo hits of the individual Beatles as they might have sounded had they continued their musical journey together, as if their legendary producer George Martin crafted these songs with them.  The show originates from the creative team behind the hit orchestral pops show “Piano Men – The Music of Elton and Billy” and “Classic Rock”, featuring orchestrations by Christopher Eastburn. Sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

Vocalist Susie Pepper and Mixology

Friday, July 29, 7:30 pm, tickets are $34

Maine Idol winner and Miss Maine 2009 Susie Pepper and Mixology present a one-of-a-kind concert, featuring the songs of Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand that will soar to the star-filled sky over Deertrees.  The performance features Mixology bandleader K. Kelly Muse on vocals and keys.  A dynamic and highly sought-after vocalist, Susie was previously featured as soloist in Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Magic of Christmas series and other concerts, as well as more intimate events with The Susie Pepper Quartet jazz combo. Sponsored by Macdonald Motors and Norway Savings Bank.

An Evening at Dave’s Sauna, Naughty Musical

Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, 7:30 pm, tickets are $28

“An Evening at Dave’s Sauna” is written and directed by Mainer Jonathan Leavitt, telling the tale of one evening back in 1980 at the legendary/infamous Dave’s Sauna in South Paris, Maine. Hippies, rednecks, bikers, townies, swingers and all kinds of folks would come for a sauna (and maybe more!). Watch and listen as the legendary/infamous “Sauna Dave” shares his own philosophies on life, chats up the customers and takes care of “commerce”.  Meet Weird Rob, Bearded Hippie, Off-Duty Waitress, 9-5 Guy, Neighbor Not Happy, Local Town Cop, Trailer Park Woman, MassHole, Dave’s best friend Saul, his wife Nancy, her best friend Josephine, the seductive Sauna Sirens and many other colorful characters. Sponsored by Tom and Jen Vose.

Frampton Comes Alive!

Saturday, August 13, 7:30 pm, tickets are $30

The Tartan Terrors in concert, courtesy image
Regional and national touring artist Gary Backstrom, front man and founder of New England-based jam band Jiggle the Handle, has performed for more than 30 years. Gary’s stellar 4-piece line-up of amazing musicians for The Gary Backstrom Band performs a tribute concert to Peter Frampton’s best selling album of all time, featuring Gary on vocals and guitar, Chris Nemitz on keys, guitars and voice, Everett Pendleton on bass and voice, and Peter Koeplin on drums. Backstrom has played with Liberty Devito, the drummer for Billy Joel’s band, while touring with the symphonic rock group Piano Menperforming rock concerts with various orchestras around the country. Sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

Tartan Terrors – A Celtic Invasion

Friday, August 19, 7:30 pm, tickets are $32

The Tartan Terrors bring their Celtic Invasion back to the Deertrees stage, blending the energy of a rock show with humor and stepdance. With a distinctive sound and a proud tradition of making Celtic music fun and accessible to any audience, the Terrors have played big stages across North America, including Market Square, St. John NB, sharing the stage with Scott Helman, The Beaches, and the Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival in Dunedin, Florida.  Sponsored by Stephens Memorial Hospital.

50th Annual Sebago Long Lake Music Festival

Tuesdays, July 12, 19 and 26; August 2 and 9, 7:30 pm, tickets are $32, under 21 free

Deertrees is home to Sebago Long Lake Music Festival’s annual five-week series of summer chamber music concerts, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022.  This series includes a wide variety of music for sometimes unusual instrument combinations, from different periods ranging from the 17th century to present day. Familiar works are balanced with the obscure and provide ongoing enjoyment and enrichment for a devoted audience. Summer season passes will be sold prior to the first concert for $125.
Mary Beth Murphy performing Every Brilliant Thing, courtesy image

Every Brilliant Thing

Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27, 7:30 pm;

Sunday, August 28, 3 pm, tickets are $26

Duncan MacMillon’s critically acclaimed play “Every Brilliant Thing” is a life-affirming story about the strength inside all of us and how to delight in the everyday. This heart-warming, one-person show tells the story of a woman who started a list of “brilliant things about the world” as a little girl to ease her mother’s depression. She continues the list as an adult, and discovers it has a great impact on her life. “Every Brilliant Thing” stars Mary Beth Murphy and is much more than a play, according to director David Costa. “It’s an interactive, theatrical experience that shines a light on one of the most powerful things we can do-focus on all the positive things in our lives, rather than the negative.”  At Deertrees, the staging will take place in the Salt Lick cabaret space and patrons will be seated on stage and in the Art Gallery, limited to 70-seat capacity.  Sponsored by Jane Curran and Gail Bowen.

The Marvelous Wonderettes ‘58

Thursday through Sunday, September 2 through 4, 7:30 pm, tickets are $26

The Marvelous Wonderettes ‘58 takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet the Wonderettes – four girls (in perfect harmony) with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls perform classic ‘50s songs including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” and other classic hits! You’ve never had this much fun at a prom, a must-take musical trip down memory lane, a delightful one-hour version of the smash Off-Broadway hit. Directed by Gail Phaneuf.  Sponsored by the Garvey Construction and Greenwood Manor Inn.

Annual Lobster Roll Fundraiser

Friday, August 5, $25 per lobster roll

Preorder online by July 31 for delicious lobster rolls by this annual delicious fundraiser that provides support for Deertrees’ 86th anniversary season.  Each donation includes a custom-made Greenwood Manor Inn lobster roll chock full of tail, knuckle and claw meat with a bag of chips and a cookie.  Pick up is available at the Inn, at the Bridgton Chamber of Commerce and at On the Commons in Waterford.  Delivery is available for orders of 5+ lobster rolls.

~  The Salt Lick Café Cabaret Series  ~

Casual Thursday evening performances in a 70-seat cabaret setting

Admission is $20, wine and beer, canned cocktails, and light bites available for

purchase at small table seating in the art gallery.

Additional dates and performing artists to be announced on the website.

Milltown Roadshow, courtesy image

Milltown Roadshow – Thursday, July 21, 7 pm

Heather Pearson Duo – Thursday, July 28, 7 pm

The Carpenters ReimaginedThursday, August 11, 7 pm

WC Edgar American Outlaw –  Thursday, August 18, 7pm

Founded in 1936 originally as an opera house by prominent opera singer/director Enrica Clay Dillon, Deertrees Theatre has been home Broadway stars and local actors, world-acclaimed musicians, and aspiring students.  Nestled in the beautiful foothills of Southern Maine’s lake region in the town of Harrison, historically serving as a secluded retreat for artists. The acoustically perfect theatre is set in one of the nation’s most idyllic locations, boasting a rose hemlock wood structure harvested from the property, featuring hand-carved beams, doors, trim and light fixtures. The building, in stages of restoration since 1990, is now listed on Maine’s State Register of Historic Landmarks and on the National Registry of Historic Places.  Deertrees is offers classical music Tuesday evenings in July, The Backstage Art Gallery featuring the works of local artists, and The Salt Lick Café, offering cabaret acts, small bites, beer, wine and canned cocktails. Ticket prices include a $2 Heritage Fee that supports the ongoing restoration and improvements of Deertrees Theatre.  For more information, visit deertrees-theatre.org, email gail@deertrees.org, call 207-583-6747 or follow Deertrees Theatre on Facebook and Instagram.

About Deertrees Theatre

Founded in 1936 as an opera house, Deertrees Theatre was built on the site of an old deer run in the forest above the village of Harrison, Maine. Constructed of rose hemlock in the Adirondack style with hand carved fixtures and near perfect acoustics, the theatre has long been home to Broadway-quality entertainment. Now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the non-profit Deertrees Theatre presents an eclectic offering of theatrical productions and comedies, family entertainment, and a variety of musical concerts during the quintessential summer theater season annually from late June through early September.  As a most active performing arts venue of the Northeast, Deertrees is home to the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival on Tuesday evenings in July, The Backstage Art Gallery featuring the works of local artists, and The Salt Lick Café, offering cabaret acts, small bites, beer, and wine. Deertrees Theatre is located at 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine.  For more information, visit deertrees-theatre.org, email gail@deertrees.org, or follow Deertrees Theatre on Facebook and Instagram. Photos:  Publication recipients have permission to use the photos on all media platforms, no limitations on use.  Deertrees Theatre is the owner of the rights to use the photos.
Sep
2
Fri
Deertrees Theatre Presents The Marvelous Wonderettes ’58
Sep 2 @ 7:30 pm

McGRATHPR.com – Deertrees Theatre, Maine’s most enchanting playhouse, presents the musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes ‘58” from Friday through Sunday, September 2, 3 and 4, 7:30 pm, at 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison. The work is created by Roger Bean, and the production is directed by Gail Phaneuf.  Deertrees has been serving the Greater Maine region since 1936 offering an eclectic summer season of entertainment, featuring theatrical productions and comedies, family shows, concerts annually from June through early September.  Tickets are available at deertrees-theatre.org.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes ‘58” takes the audience to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where they meet The Wonderettes – four girls (in perfect harmony) with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls perform classic ‘50s songs including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” and other classic hits! You’ve never had this much fun at a prom, a must-take musical trip down memory lane, a delightful one-hour version of the smash Off-Broadway hit. The production is sponsored by the Garvey Construction and Chalmers Realty.

Roger Bean, creator the long-running hit “The Marvelous Wonderettes” (over 1,200 performances Off-Broadway), also created several sequels as a series. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” received the 2007 LA Ovation Award for Best Musical for its record-breaking Los Angeles run and continues to be an audience favorite in theatre companies throughout the country. Bean’s doo-wop hit “Life Could Be A Dream” had a record-breaking run in Los Angeles, receiving the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award, and the Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical. His other popular include “The Andrews Brothers”, “Summer of Love”, “Route 66”, “Honky Tonk Laundry”, and “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?”, all published by Stage Rights.

Founded in 1936 originally as an opera house by prominent opera singer/director Enrica Clay Dillon, Deertrees Theatre has been home Broadway stars and local actors, world-acclaimed musicians and aspiring students.  Nestled in the beautiful foothills of Southern Maine’s lake region in the town of Harrison, historically serving as a secluded retreat for artists. The acoustically perfect theatre is set in one of the nation’s most idyllic locations, boasting a rose hemlock wood structure harvested from the property, featuring hand-carved beams, doors, trim and light fixtures. The building, in stages of restoration since 1990, is now listed on Maine’s State Register of Historic Landmarks and on the National Registry of Historic Places.  Deertrees is home to the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival on Tuesday evenings in July, The Backstage Art Gallery featuring the works of local artists, and The Salt Lick Café, offering cabaret acts, small bites, beer and wine.

Tickets to “The Marvelous Wonderettes ‘58” are $26.  All ticket prices include a $2 Heritage Fee that supports the ongoing restoration and improvements of the Deertrees Theatre.  For more information, visit deertrees-theatre.org, email gail@deertrees.org, call 207-583-6747 or follow Deertrees Theatre on Facebook and Instagram.

About Deertrees Theatre

Founded in 1936 as an opera house, Deertrees Theatre was built on the site of an old deer run in the forest above the village of Harrison, Maine. Constructed of rose hemlock in the Adirondack style with hand carved fixtures and near perfect acoustics, the theatre has long been home to Broadway-quality entertainment.

Now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the non-profit Deertrees Theatre presents an eclectic offering of theatrical productions and comedies, family entertainment, and a variety of musical concerts during the quintessential summer theater season annually from late June through early September.  As a most active performing arts venue of the Northeast, Deertrees is home to the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival on Tuesday evenings in July, The Backstage Art Gallery featuring the works of local artists, and The Salt Lick Café, offering cabaret acts, small bites, beer and wine.

Sep
6
Tue
Concord Women’s Chorus Fall Auditions
Sep 6 @ 8:45 am

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), fostering the power of women’s voices in song, invites new singers to join its ensemble at “New Singer Auditions” on Tuesday, September 6, 8:45 am, and Tuesday, October 25, 8:45 am, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord.  Artistic Director and Conductor Jane Ring Frank welcomes newcomers to audition, join rehearsal and learn more about the fall season.  Rehearsals continue Tuesday mornings, 9:30 to 12:00 noon, also at Trinity Episcopal Church throughout the 2022-23 season.

CWC member/poet
Melissa Apperson, courtesy image

CWC welcomes singers with prior choral experience including good sight-reading skills, solid intonation and vocal quality, responsiveness to direction and the ability to blend within an ensemble. For auditions, prospective members may be asked to sight-read a short passage and/or sing a familiar tune, arriving with a prepared solo is not necessary.  An information form is available to be printed in advance and brought to the audition at concordwomenschorus.org/wp/sing-with-us.  Chorus members are expected to attend rehearsals and to participate in performing scheduled concerts. Since CWC values opportunities to collaborate and perform with other musical and cultural groups, additional commitments may become available during the season.

Composer Melissa Dunphy, courtesy image

The ensemble continues weekly rehearsals in preparation for upcoming concerts, including “Grown Wild: A Special Commission Concert,” performing Sunday, October 23, 4 pm.  The performance features a commissioned work by composer Melissa Dunphy based on the poem by CWC member singer and poet Melissa Apperson, and soloist Beth Welty, violin.  Scored for women’s voices, violin and piano, the new work is written specifically for CWC’s distinctive sound. The program also features works of women composers from the nineteenth century to today.

The season continues with “Songs of Peace and Promise,” performing Saturday, December 17, 4 pm, offering a celebration of the wintry season of light in song, through familiar holiday tunes, poignant Chanukah pieces and a mash-up of mass movements.  For the spring, the ensemble rehearses for the concert “Come Day, Come Night,” performing on Saturday, May 13, 2023, 4 pm, featuring a program of love songs to boat songs, exploring the joys of a life well-lived.

CWC is committed to the safety of all and requires that all singers present proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, leadership will request a copy of vaccination cards upon arrival.  All participants are required to wear masks during rehearsals.

For more information, performance details or to join Concord Women’s Chorus, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

About Concord Women’s Chorus

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), based in Concord, Massachusetts, is a 45-singer ensemble fostering the power in women’s voices through song. Singers hail from Concord and the greater Boston area. Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank conducts the chorus performing a wide variety of choral music, ranging from early music to contemporary repertoire, with an emphasis on works written for women’s voices.

CWC’s commitment to the mastery and performance of a dynamic repertoire for women transforms the act of choral singing into an instrument for collaboration, education, and connection. The ensemble features confident singers who care deeply about creating, through women’s voices, a source of strength and inspiration for themselves, the audience, and the world around us.

The chorus began in 1960 as the Concord Madrigals, a small group of women who expressed, through song, the strength of female community. Over the years the group has increased in size and capacity and greatly expanded its repertoire. In 2005, the Concord Madrigals became Concord Women’s Chorus, a name that reflects not only the evolution of the chorus but the abiding power of women’s voices.

In addition to concerts, CWC often engages in other performances and projects. The ensemble has engaged in several concert tours in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. For more information or to join CWC, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

Sep
10
Sat
Jon and Juli Guitar Workshop
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Jon and Juli Guitar Workshop

September 10, 2022

#Guitar legend and GRAMMYs nominee Jon Finn and superstar #songwriter #guitarist and #Ukelele #educator Juli Finn – both Berklee #educators – host their debut #RockGuitar #Workshop on 9/10 on the #SouthShore! Just SIX intermediate to advanced #students get in on the fast track, experiencing exclusive hands-on, personalized all-day programs, including meals, topped off with their legendary #jamsession, with you in the #rockband! The very best of all worlds #rockmusic! Share away, or email Jon@Jonfinn.com to register or more info. #RockOn!

Nutcracker Community Dancer Auditions
Sep 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT), the region’s pre-professional ballet school, welcomes dancers from across the region to “Nutcracker Community Dancer Auditions” on Saturday, September 10, from 9:30 am to 12 noon, arranged in time slots by age range, at its studios at 45 Industrial Park Road, Hingham. Auditions are open to the public and free to attend.

SSBT invites dancers from the South Shore region who have interest in performing to its “Nutcracker Community Dancer Auditions” to be considered for its annual holiday season production of “The Nutcracker.”  Most roles are open, except for the roles of Clara, Sugar Plum Fairy, Cavalier and Dew Drop, cast from within the school’s student roster and by SSBT alumni.  Dancers and families will be greeted by SSBT Artistic Director Marthavan McKeon while visiting the school’s beautiful facility.

Dancers performing in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s 2021 production of The Nutcracker,
image by Abbey Knoll Photography

Audition Schedule:

Boys’ Audition – 9:30 to 10:30 am

Dancers ages 8 to 10 – 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Dancers ages 11 to 13 – 10:30 to 12:00 noon

Dancers ages 14 and up – 10:30 to 12:00 noon

Callbacks – 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Audition candidates should arrive at SSBT’s studios 15 minutes prior to their audition time for check in, dressed in ballet attire (leotard, tights, and ballet slippers and pointe shoes, if available, with hair secured in a bun).  Dancers audition by participating in a ballet class and if needed, will be asked to return for call backs from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Faculty will observe all auditioning dancers, roles will be announced the following week via email.

“The Nutcracker” performs Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 at Thayer Academy’s Center for Performing Arts in Braintree. Dancers cast in the production rehearse at SSBT’s studios weekly up to performance weekend beginning September 17. Be a part of the holiday magic!

Dancers performing in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s
2021 production of The Nutcracker,
image by Abbey Knoll Photography

To pre-register for auditions, email ballet@southshoreballettheatre.com, or visit SouthShoreBalletTheatre.com. For more information about South Shore Ballet Theatre, its programs, tuition, scholarships, and performances, visit SouthShoreBalletTheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on social media.

About South Shore Ballet Theatre

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) is a pre-professional ballet school featuring world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT’s mission is to provide students and their families with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of ballet and related dance disciplines in a safe and nurturing environment, encouraging students to strive to achieve their fullest potential, regardless of course of study.

SSBT students frequently take the performance stage including the beloved full-length production of The Nutcracker, their annual Spring Gala and throughout the year collaboratively with local schools and arts programs, sharing the appreciation of dance with the local community.

SSBT staff are committed to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. All students are welcome regardless of appearance, gender, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or disability. SSBT maintains an open-door policy so that all individuals may join the SSBT community and share this art form.

SSBT’s programs include American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT®) National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough nine-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.

For more information about South Shore Ballet Theatre, its programs, tuition, scholarships, and performances, visit SouthShoreBalletTheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on social media.

Sep
11
Sun
Quiet City Concert by Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, a season opener
Sep 11 @ 3:00 pm

Diverse opening program a nod to commemorating 9/11, pandemic life

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, launches its Season Five performances with the concert “Quiet City,” on Sunday, September 11, from 3 to 5 pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port. The orchestra is conducted by Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto.

“We are so happy to have made it through pandemic disruptions and into our next big season ahead!” shares Scinto.  “I am grateful to our musicians and audiences who continue to ensure that our mission is sustained in our inspiring, exciting programs and collaborative connections.”  CCCO’s Season Five features new soloists, new music and hallmark performances.  The orchestra also marks the new year’s programs with the launch of its Sandbar Chamber Series in venues around Cape Cod.

CCCO’s season opener “Quiet City” features Kyle Spraker, principal trumpet of the Cape Symphony, and the orchestra’s Mary O’Keefe, English horn performing music of Aaron Copland, Jessie Montgomery, and Edward Elgar. The concert title work, Copland’s “Quiet City”, began as music for the 1939 Irwin Shaw play by the same name.  After a few unsuccessful performances, the work has lived on in the orchestral realm, set for trumpet, English horn, and strings. “It is music filled with nostalgia and an eagerness to return to a past life,” shares Scinto. “The main character of Shaw’s play is haunted by his abandoned aspirations to become an artist; it is easy to see the parallels for us to return to a sense of normalcy in our world today.”

Also on the program, Composer Jessie Montgomery’s first sketches of “Source Code” began as transcriptions of imagery from African American artists prominent during the peak of the Civil Rights era in the United States. Montgomery’s re-interpretation of gestures, sentences, and musical syntax are a nod to choreographer Alvin Ailey, poets Langston Hughes and Rita Dove and jazz songstress Ella Fitzgerald, resulting in a black spiritual that crosses the landscape. Jessie Montgomery is an acclaimed composer, violinist, and educator. She is the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award from the ASCAP Foundation, the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and her works are performed frequently around the world by leading musicians and ensembles. Her music interweaves classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, poetry, and social consciousness, making her an acute interpreter of 21st century American sound and experience.

CCCO prides itself on exceptional programming and its collaborative performances, a highlight of every season.  Season Five features four full-orchestra main concerts and three small ensemble performances, launching its new Sandbar Chamber Series.

Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, 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.  Spotlighting living composers is at the forefront of the orchestra’s mission; bringing audiences closer to the music of modern time, positioned as an essential and educational element to each performance program.  Other repertoire emphasize the championing of works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.

Tickets to “Quiet City” are $35, students and children are admitted for free.  More information, the full season schedule, concert programs and tickets to Season Fiveare available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at each venue door by cash or credit card.  For more information, email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.

Quiet City Program:

AARON COPLAND – Quiet City

     Kyle Spraker, trumpet; Mary O’Keefe, English horn

JESSIE MONTGOMERY – Source Code

EDWARD ELGAR – Introduction & Allegro

About Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

CCCO Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto,
image by Jean Kirby Photography

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 Visiting Director of Orchestra at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has twice studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, was recently finalist for the Assistant Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, and also 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 received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. Dr. Scinto has been involved in Alzheimer’s care for the past several years, working with memory care facilities at Maplewood Senior Living in Brewster, MA and Bridges in Mashpee, MA. He is also a frequent guest of the Arts & Ideas program with the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod for caregivers and loved ones with memory loss. By using aspects of music appreciation and conducting, Dr. Scinto has developed curriculum for working with individuals dealing with memory loss in order to allow them to reconnect to their loved ones and enjoy fun movement to music. In addition to conducting, Dr. Scinto has been teaching private piano, violin, and viola lessons for over a decade, currently at Steeple St. Music Academy in Mashpee, MA

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 www.capecodchamberorchestra.org, email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.

Sep
13
Tue
Choral Art Society Open Rehearsals
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm

Rehearsals resume for winter performance

Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS), a welcoming, non-auditioned community chorus, invites new singers to attend the first rehearsals of the fall season on Tuesdays, September 13 and 20, from 7 to 9 pm, at First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate. Artistic Director and Conductor Danica A. Buckley welcomes returning members and newcomers of all skill levels to join the first rehearsal and learn about the fall season.

Choral Art Society’s open rehearsals welcome singers in all voice parts. While the chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble, Director Danica Buckley will assist singers with voice part placement. Singers are expected to be able to match pitch, learn and consistently sing their voice part, and balance their voice with other singers.  Rehearsals throughout the fall season are in preparation for a winter concert of seasonal music to be held on Sunday, December 4, 4 pm, at a local performance venue to be announced.

CAS’s Covid policy will be updated before the fall rehearsal season begins, check the website or Facebook for further information.  To join Choral Art Society, or for more information, email Membership Director Mihoko at mihokodesu@gmail.com, visit choralartsociety.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

About Choral Art Society of the South Shore

The Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS) – a welcoming, non-auditioned chorus – engages, inspires, and enriches its members and greater community by pursuing excellence in wide-ranging and challenging musical programs.

Founded in 1958, CAS is dedicated to the performance of all genres of choral music, from Renaissance to 21st century. A non-profit organization, CAS attracts dozens of singing members from Scituate and the surrounding towns. The chorus rehearses in Scituate and presents one winter and one spring concert annually. CAS also provides an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior pursuing a degree in music. For more information, visit choral art society.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

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

Sep
19
Mon
Pilgrim Festival Chorus Open Rehearsals and Auditions
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm

Members of Pilgrim Festival Chorus in concert, image by Dan Rapoza

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s volunteer not-for-profit community choral ensemble, invites singers to “Open Rehearsals and Auditions” on Mondays, September 12 and 19, 6:30 pm, at Faith Community Church 29 Carver Road, Plymouth. Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly welcome newcomers of all skill levels to learn about PFC and audition for vocal placement, if they wish.  Rehearsals for the fall season immediately follow from 7 to 9 pm and continue weekly throughout the season.  “Open Rehearsals and Auditions” are welcoming, casual and free to attend.  Attendees enjoy singing with PFC the first two weeks without commitment.  Membership information is available at rehearsal and at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.

PFC’s rehearsal season prepares the ensemble for its holiday season concert “Joyeux Noël”, performing Saturday, December 3, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 4, 4 pm, at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth. The concert program features French music composed for Christmas, including Saint-Saens’ “Christmas Oratorio” and Charpentier’s “Messe de Minuit pour Noël” – a charming work incorporating ten traditional French noels (Christmas carols) that capture the joy and anticipation of Christmas Eve. Also on the program are French Christmas carols, including “Noël Nouvelet”, “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High”. The concert concludes with John Rutter’s moving setting of the classic carol, “O Holy Night”.

Since 1999, PFC has provided South Shore audiences with classical choral music concerts. More than 80 vocalists of all adult ages fill out the ensemble. In addition to the winter concert, PFC presents an annual Messiah Sing in December, a larger choral work in spring, and summer concerts featuring pops-style programming.  PFC members are drawn from diverse skillsets and backgrounds – from hobby and choir singers to music educators and choir directors.

For more information about membership and auditions, call William Richter at 781-789-3343 or email director@pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.  For more information about this season’s rehearsal schedule and repertoire, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, email info@pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit choral ensemble dedicated to presenting diverse choral works that educate, enrich, and engage both its members and audiences in Southeastern Massachusetts. PFC is funded in part by grants from several of the region’s Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. PFC concerts are produced in part through cooperation with See Plymouth and Plymouth County Commissioners.

For more information, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, email info@pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

Sep
20
Tue
Choral Art Society Open Rehearsals
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm

Rehearsals resume for winter performance

Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS), a welcoming, non-auditioned community chorus, invites new singers to attend the first rehearsals of the fall season on Tuesdays, September 13 and 20, from 7 to 9 pm, at First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate. Artistic Director and Conductor Danica A. Buckley welcomes returning members and newcomers of all skill levels to join the first rehearsal and learn about the fall season.

Choral Art Society’s open rehearsals welcome singers in all voice parts. While the chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble, Director Danica Buckley will assist singers with voice part placement. Singers are expected to be able to match pitch, learn and consistently sing their voice part, and balance their voice with other singers.  Rehearsals throughout the fall season are in preparation for a winter concert of seasonal music to be held on Sunday, December 4, 4 pm, at a local performance venue to be announced.

CAS’s Covid policy will be updated before the fall rehearsal season begins, check the website or Facebook for further information.  To join Choral Art Society, or for more information, email Membership Director Mihoko at mihokodesu@gmail.com, visit choralartsociety.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

About Choral Art Society of the South Shore

The Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS) – a welcoming, non-auditioned chorus – engages, inspires, and enriches its members and greater community by pursuing excellence in wide-ranging and challenging musical programs.

Founded in 1958, CAS is dedicated to the performance of all genres of choral music, from Renaissance to 21st century. A non-profit organization, CAS attracts dozens of singing members from Scituate and the surrounding towns. The chorus rehearses in Scituate and presents one winter and one spring concert annually. CAS also provides an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior pursuing a degree in music. For more information, visit choral art society.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

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

Oct
2
Sun
Hear My Song: A Cabaret Fundraiser for Studio Americana
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm

Americana Theatre Company’s (ATC) Studio Americana youth performing arts programs presents “Hear My Song:  A Cabaret Fundraiser,’ on Sunday, October 2, 7 pm at Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth.  Proceeds support Studio Americana’s mission to develop talent, inspire creativity, and prepare students to activate their dreams, by offering premiere theatre and musical training for students at affordable rates.

“Hear My Song” features twelve Studio Americana students performing cabaret-style acts to support Studio Americana’s mission to develop talent, inspire creativity, and prepare students to activate their dreams through premiere training in theatre and musical theatre.

Tickets for “Hear My Song” are $15, available at americanatheatre.org/tickets and at the door.  For complete Studio Americana program descriptions, schedules, and tuition information, visit americanatheatre.org/studio, call 508-591-0282, or follow Studio Americana and Americana Theatre Company on Facebook or Twitter.

About Americana Theatre Company

 

Americana Theatre Company (ATC) is a 501c3 non-profit, professional theatre company serving the Greater Plymouth region. Founder and Executive Director Derek Martin, Managing Director David Friday, Artistic Director Jesse Sullivan and Director of Education Erin Friday are the leadership team charged with continuing the founding vision of opening a professional theatre in America’s Hometown, a dream fulfilled in 2011.  ATC’s audiences find that story is paramount. Stories entertain, teach, and thrill us … they can inspire us toward the betterment of mankind, and help reveal the hidden mysteries of life.  ATC is committed to hiring directors, actors, and designers of the highest caliber, with an aim to enliven the cultural atmosphere of the Plymouth community by offering excellent, entertaining theatre and theatre education to residents and visitors alike. For more information, visit americanatheatre.org, or call 508-591-0282.

Oct
9
Sun
The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein in Concert
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm

Americana Theatre Company (ATC), Plymouth’s professional theatre company, presents “The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein” benefit concert on Thursday, October 6, 7 pm, Saturday, October 8, 7 pm and Sunday October 9, 2 pm and 7 pm, at Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth.  The performances are directed by Jesse M. Sullivan and Derek Grant Martin, with music direction by Sarah Troxler.

Americana Theatre Company member and
Director of Education Erin Friday,
image by Denise Maccaferri

“The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein” musical theatre revue features ATC members and guest performing artists showcasing this spectacular musical duo’s most beloved works in one concert.  The cast performs works from beloved shows including “The Sound of Music,” Oklahoma!,” “South Pacific,” and “Carousel”.  Enjoy a classic “evening at the theatre,” inspiring the audience with a magically spun, professional-quality night of entertainment for all ages.

The performance features ATC company members and guests Derek Grant Martin, Jesse M. Sullivan, David Friday, Erin Friday, Kelly Ann Dunn, Kayla Johnston, Connor Northcutt and Jesse Winton.

Proceeds from the performance support ATC’s mission to raise funds for its expanding performance season and to fulfill its commitment to feature high-caliber, professional theatre artists in its acclaimed productions.

Tickets for “The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein” are $35 for adults, $30 for students and seniors, available in advance at americanatheatre.org/tickets, or at the door, limited to capacity. Advance purchase is recommended.  The box office opens one hour prior to performances.  Plymouth Center for the Arts is fully accessible, free parking is available streetside and in nearby public parking lots.  For more information, visit americanatheatre.org, email info@americanatheatre.org, call 508-591-0282, or follow Americana Theatre Company on Facebook and Instagram.

About Americana Theatre Company

Americana Theatre Company (ATC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional theatre company serving the Greater Plymouth region. Founder and Executive Director Derek Martin, Managing Director David Friday, Artistic Director Jesse Sullivan and Director of Education Erin Friday are the leadership team charged with continuing the founding vision of opening a professional theatre in America’s Hometown, a dream fulfilled in 2011.  ATC’s audiences find that story is paramount. Stories entertain, teach, and thrill us … they can inspire us toward the betterment of mankind, and help reveal the hidden mysteries of life.  ATC is committed to hiring directors, actors, and designers of the highest caliber, with an aim to enliven the cultural atmosphere of the Plymouth community by offering excellent, entertaining theatre and theatre education to residents and visitors alike. For more information, visit americanatheatre.org, email info@americanatheatre.org, call 508-591-0282, or follow Americana Theatre Company on Facebook and Instagram.

Oct
17
Mon
Scituate Cultural Council Grant Application Deadline
Oct 17 @ 11:45 pm
Scituate Cultural Council (SCC) announces the launch of its fall grant cycle, now open for applications from community-oriented arts, humanities and science organizations and programs.  Applications are accepted through October 17, 2022, for fiscal year 2023 funding, including programs that occur from July 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023. Organizations, schools, and individuals are encouraged to apply for SCC grants that support cultural activities in the community and across the South Shore region. SCC grants fund a variety of artistic projects and activities – including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures. For grant application guidelines and complete information about Scituate Cultural Council, visit mass-culture.org/Scituate.  For more information, email Council Co-Chairs Brenda O’Brien and Janice Murphy at janicegmurphy@gmail.com, visit scituatema.gov/cultural-council, or follow Scituate Cultural Council on Facebook.

About Scituate Cultural Council

Scituate Cultural Council (SCC) is part of Massachusetts Cultural Council’s (MCC) Local Cultural Council Program – the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation.  Each year, the MCC distributes funds to the SCC, which grants these funds to local individuals, schools and organizations in support of arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects for the benefit of Scituate residents.
SCC is comprised of volunteers appointed by the Scituate Selectmen and are responsible for reviewing grant applications and awarding monies.  The most-recent grant cycle awarded grants for projects benefiting the Scituate community spanning a wide range of cultural disciplines. SCC partnered with the Town of Scituate, Scituate Harbor Business Association, and Scituate Arts Association in spearheading a successful application to obtain Cultural District designation for Scituate Harbor, and continues to support the Scituate Harbor Cultural District. For more information, visit scituatema.gov/cultural-council or mass-culture.org/Scituate, email Council Co-Chairs Brenda O’Brien or Janice Murphy at janicegmurphy@gmail.com, or follow Scituate Cultural Council on Facebook.
Oct
23
Sun
Grown Wild: A Special Commission Concert
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), fostering the power of women’s voices in song, premieres a special commission in “Grown Wild,” a choral concert, on Sunday, October 23, 4 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord.  The performance is conducted by Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank, with accompaniment by Alexander Lane, piano, featuring soloist Beth Welty, violin. A preconcert talk featuring Melissa Dunphy, composer and Melissa Apperson, poet and singer, precedes the performance at 3 pm, moderated by Jane Ring Frank.

“After a long and challenging road, it is joyful and exciting to bring the new commission ‘Grown Wild’ into musical being. Melissa Dunphy and Melissa Apperson have given the chorus a gift, and it is our privilege to rehearse and premiere this beautiful work,” shares Ring Frank.

“Grown Wild” features a commissioned work by composer Melissa Dunphy based on the poem of the same title by CWC member singer and poet Melissa Apperson.  Scored for women’s voices, violin and piano, the new work is written specifically for CWC’s distinctive sound. This gorgeous and lush piece sits at the heart of a program featuring women composers, with works from the nineteenth century to today. Included on the program is music by Pauline Viardot, Cecile Chaminade, Rebecca Luengen, Cynthia Folio, Erna Woll, Emma Lou Diemer and more.

“It’s always a wonderful privilege to collaborate with a contemporary poet when creating music, and the opportunity to set Melissa Apperson’s poem was no exception. I was drawn to the poignant sense of both nostalgia and life-affirming anticipation in this piece and can’t wait to hear it sung live for the first time by the voices of Concord Women’s Chorus,” shares Dunphy.

Composer Melissa Dunphy, courtesy image

Composer Melissa Dunphy specializes in political, vocal, and theatrical music. She first came to national attention when her large-scale work the Gonzales Cantata was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, National Review, Fox News, and on The Rachel Maddow Show, and was staged by American Opera Theater in a sold-out run. Other notable works include the song cycle “Tesla’s Pigeon,” which won first place in the NATS Art Song Composition Award, and choral work “What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?” which won the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Competition and has been performed by ensembles including Chanticleer and Cantus. Dunphy is the recipient of a 2020 Opera America Discovery Grant for Alice Tierney, a new opera commission by Oberlin Conservatory set to premiere in 2023. She has been composer-in-residence for the Immaculata Symphony Orchestra, Volti, and the St. Louis Chamber Chorus. In addition to her concert and choral music, she is a Barrymore Award-nominated theater composer and sound designer and is Director of Music Composition for the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference. Dunphy has a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.M. from West Chester University.

Melissa Apperson, poet, courtesy image

CWC member/poet Melissa Apperson writes spare, lyrical poetry. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals. Apperson’s poems typically examine interiority and longing, bringing subjects such as human relationships, a sense of place, a sense of oneself, a specific object, or a moment at dusk into high relief. She particularly values emotion, mystery, and imagery in poetry. Many of her poems contain references to literature, and, on occasion, to societal and political concerns. Apperson has been a member of Concord Women’s Chorus for over 20 years and was involved in developing the texts for the chorus’s previous commissions. (Concord Fragments contains another of her poems.) She holds a B.A. in Music from Wellesley College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. She studied poetry at Lesley University.

Audience members are required to provide ID and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) and to wear a mask at all times.

Violinist Beth Welty, image by Susan Wilson photography

Tickets to “Grown Wild” are $25 adults, $20 seniors and students, $5 children ages 12 and under, available at concordwomenschorus.org/wp/purchase-tickets and at the door.  Trinity Episcopal Church is handicap accessible.  For more information, performance details or to join Concord Women’s Chorus, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

About Concord Women’s Chorus

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), based in Concord, Massachusetts, is a 45-singer ensemble fostering the power in women’s voices through song. Singers hail from Concord and the greater Boston area. Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank conducts the chorus performing a wide variety of choral music, ranging from early music to contemporary repertoire, with an emphasis on works written for women’s voices.

CWC’s commitment to the mastery and performance of a dynamic repertoire for women transforms the act of choral singing into an instrument for collaboration, education, and connection. The ensemble features confident singers who care deeply about creating, through women’s voices, a source of strength and inspiration for themselves, the audience, and the world around us.

The chorus began in 1960 as the Concord Madrigals, a small group of women who expressed, through song, the strength of female community. Over the years the group has increased in size and capacity and greatly expanded its repertoire. In 2005, the Concord Madrigals became Concord Women’s Chorus, a name that reflects not only the evolution of the chorus but the abiding power of women’s voices.

In addition to concerts, CWC often engages in other performances and projects. The ensemble has engaged in several concert tours in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. For more information or to join CWC, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

Oct
25
Tue
Concord Women’s Chorus Fall Auditions
Oct 25 @ 8:45 am

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), fostering the power of women’s voices in song, invites new singers to join its ensemble at “New Singer Auditions” on Tuesday, September 6, 8:45 am, and Tuesday, October 25, 8:45 am, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord.  Artistic Director and Conductor Jane Ring Frank welcomes newcomers to audition, join rehearsal and learn more about the fall season.  Rehearsals continue Tuesday mornings, 9:30 to 12:00 noon, also at Trinity Episcopal Church throughout the 2022-23 season.

CWC member/poet
Melissa Apperson, courtesy image

CWC welcomes singers with prior choral experience including good sight-reading skills, solid intonation and vocal quality, responsiveness to direction and the ability to blend within an ensemble. For auditions, prospective members may be asked to sight-read a short passage and/or sing a familiar tune, arriving with a prepared solo is not necessary.  An information form is available to be printed in advance and brought to the audition at concordwomenschorus.org/wp/sing-with-us.  Chorus members are expected to attend rehearsals and to participate in performing scheduled concerts. Since CWC values opportunities to collaborate and perform with other musical and cultural groups, additional commitments may become available during the season.

Composer Melissa Dunphy, courtesy image

The ensemble continues weekly rehearsals in preparation for upcoming concerts, including “Grown Wild: A Special Commission Concert,” performing Sunday, October 23, 4 pm.  The performance features a commissioned work by composer Melissa Dunphy based on the poem by CWC member singer and poet Melissa Apperson, and soloist Beth Welty, violin.  Scored for women’s voices, violin and piano, the new work is written specifically for CWC’s distinctive sound. The program also features works of women composers from the nineteenth century to today.

The season continues with “Songs of Peace and Promise,” performing Saturday, December 17, 4 pm, offering a celebration of the wintry season of light in song, through familiar holiday tunes, poignant Chanukah pieces and a mash-up of mass movements.  For the spring, the ensemble rehearses for the concert “Come Day, Come Night,” performing on Saturday, May 13, 2023, 4 pm, featuring a program of love songs to boat songs, exploring the joys of a life well-lived.

CWC is committed to the safety of all and requires that all singers present proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, leadership will request a copy of vaccination cards upon arrival.  All participants are required to wear masks during rehearsals.

For more information, performance details or to join Concord Women’s Chorus, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

About Concord Women’s Chorus

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), based in Concord, Massachusetts, is a 45-singer ensemble fostering the power in women’s voices through song. Singers hail from Concord and the greater Boston area. Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank conducts the chorus performing a wide variety of choral music, ranging from early music to contemporary repertoire, with an emphasis on works written for women’s voices.

CWC’s commitment to the mastery and performance of a dynamic repertoire for women transforms the act of choral singing into an instrument for collaboration, education, and connection. The ensemble features confident singers who care deeply about creating, through women’s voices, a source of strength and inspiration for themselves, the audience, and the world around us.

The chorus began in 1960 as the Concord Madrigals, a small group of women who expressed, through song, the strength of female community. Over the years the group has increased in size and capacity and greatly expanded its repertoire. In 2005, the Concord Madrigals became Concord Women’s Chorus, a name that reflects not only the evolution of the chorus but the abiding power of women’s voices.

In addition to concerts, CWC often engages in other performances and projects. The ensemble has engaged in several concert tours in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. For more information or to join CWC, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

Oct
29
Sat
Celebrating 400+ Years of Pilgrimage Weekend & Concert
Oct 29 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Weekend-long celebration welcomes all for history, faith and community-minded events spanning the church’s history

The Church of the Pilgrimage, Plymouth’s United Church of Christ (UCC) parish, presents a quadricentennial commemoration weekend “Celebrating 400+ Years of Pilgrimage,” on Saturday, October 29, 9:30 am to 5 pm, continuing for a worship service and celebratory reception on Sunday, October 30, beginning at 10 am, at 8 Town Square, Plymouth. A concert, on Saturday at 3:30 pm, is dedicated to the memory of Rev. Dr. Peter Gomes, friend and founding Chair of the Celebration Committee, and Rev. Gary Marks, former minister. Admission to many of the weekend’s events are free with registration at sneucc.org, tickets to the performance of “A Pilgrim Canticle” are $20, available at brownpapertickets.com.

In 2020, The Church of the Pilgrimage marked the 400-year anniversary of the landing of its Colonial ancestors in Plymouth, the settlers who started a colony with the aid of Indigenous people, and a new church. True to its heritage, the Church celebrates that occasion this fall with Church members, friends, the Plymouth community and beyond, “This celebration is not only for our own, but for all who recognize the significance that the lighting of one small candle in Plymouth was to the founding of our nation,” says Transitional Senior Pastor, Rev. Dianne Arakawa.

The late Rev. Gary Marks and Rev. Dr. Peter Gomes, courtesy image

“Celebrating 400+ Years of Pilgrimage,” traces history, gathers community, and recollects and affirms faith through the series of events over its celebration weekend.  A highlight of the offerings is a performance of  “A Pilgrim Canticle,” an abridged version of a collection of anthems, hymns, narration, and readings that follow the journey, arrival, and challenges of the first settlers in the new world.  The work is rooted in the writings of Reverend John Robinson, the first pastor of the Pilgrims as they arrived in Plymouth, and Governors William Bradford and Edward Winslow, derived from original sources. The piece was assembled by the late Rev. Gary Marks, a John Robinson scholar, William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, both former Church music staff.

Revisions have recently been implemented into the original version of “A Pilgrim Canticle” to ensure that the region’s Indigenous people are accurately represented in the story, including their interaction with the Colonists, a vital update to the original work, implemented by Kelley DePasqua, Music Department Chair at Silver Lake Regional High School, and Richard Dower, Chair of the Music Team.  A newly commissioned choral anthem “Out of Small Beginnings,” composed by Carson Cooman, concludes the performance, with text drawn from the writings of Governor Bradford.  The work was first performed in 1996 as a facet of a community-wide celebration of the 375th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, and several times since.  Rev. Dr. Gomes, for whom this performance is dedicated in part in memoriam, was instrumental in championing the inscription of this work’s text on a tablet at the National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth.  The new commissioned work is dedicated to both Rev. Gomes and Rev. Marks.

The performance is directed by Kelley DePasqua, with accompaniment by Church Organist Michael Eaton, featuring a festival chorus comprised of the Church’s Sanctuary Choir and alumni singers, and select readers.

“Celebrating 400+ Years of Pilgrimage,” is organized by the 400+ Committee, which includes Co-Chairs Kathy Marks and Linn Peterson, Mark Coombs, Richard Dower, Brian Payne, Rev. Dr. Doug Showalter, Rev. Stephen Washburn, Rev. Dianne Arakawa.

For more information about the event, the church or its community and beliefs, visit churchofthepilgrimage.org, call the church office at 508-746-3026, email office@8townsquare.org, or follow The Church of The Pilgrimage on Facebook.

Celebrating 400+ Years of Pilgrimage Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 29

9:30 am to 12 noon     Coffee and Cider;  Childcare to age 9, and Sign Ups, Allerton Hall, 1st floor

10 to 11 am                 Opening Session – Devotions with Church Covenants, Sanctuary, 2nd floor

“The Shame and Scandal of Christianity,” Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister/President, UCC

11:00 am to 1 pm        Breakout Sessions

  • Questions and answers with Rev. Dr. Dorhauer
  • Community Exchange, Allerton Hall

Featuring local organizations including No Place for Hate, Task Force to End Homelessness, Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Antiquarian Society, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Friends of Burial Hill, Plimoth Patuxet, Mission Committee with its Habitat for Humanity and Heifer projects, Christian Education, Membership Committee, The Mayflower Museum, Herring Pond Wampanoag, 1749 Courthouse, Plymouth Public Schools

  • Tours of Burial Hill or Howland House, meet at front entrance
  • Video of Church History, John Robinson Center, Conference Room

12 noon to 1:30 pm     Light lunch of soup and sandwiches by RSVP to church,  John Robinson Center, Great Hall

2-3 pm                         “An Indigenous View of the 400th,” Great Hall

3:30 to 5 pm                Performance of “A Pilgrim Canticle,”  Sanctuary, with premiere of Carson Cooman’s “Out of Small Beginnings,” a commissioned work

Ticketed event:  Admission $20, at brownpapertickets.com.

Sunday, October 30

10 am                          Worship. “That They All May Be One,” led by Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, preacher, Sanctuary

11:30 am                     Reception, Allerton Hall

About The Church of the Pilgrimage

Tracing its roots in more than 400 years of history, The Church of the Pilgrimage originates in the covenanting, separatist church in Scooby, England in 1606, which moved to Leiden, Holland in 1609 to practice their religion freely from the restraints of the Church of England.  In 1620, these brave men and women sailed to the New World to protect their English heritage and started a colony.  While our theology is a bit different from our Pilgrim ancestors, we remain committed to their Trinitarianism, Congregationalism, now the United Church of Christ and the fervent belief that “we strive to know the will of God and to walk in his ways, known or to be made known to us”.

As an Open and Affirming Congregation, we invite all into our faith, to fully share in all church life, including our work, worship, rites, and Sacraments, with the assurance that we are all created in God’s image, reconciled by Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

The Church of the Pilgrimage is located at 8 Town Square, Plymouth.  To learn more, visit churchofthepilgrimage.org, call the church office at 508-746-3026, email office@8townsquare.org, or follow The Church of The Pilgrimage on Facebook.

Nov
12
Sat
Chick Singer Night Boston featuring Juli Finn, songwriter/guitar
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm

Chick Singer Night Boston: Featuring Juli Finn, songwriter/guitar

Saturday, November 12, time TBA

The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

The next Chick Singer Night Boston, a celebration of women in music, delivered as a benefit concert supporting performing artists and community, features songwriter Juli Finn, guitar. Performer lineup and more info to be announced at chicksingernight.com/chapters/boston/index.php

Nov
20
Sun
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s Sandbar Chamber Series: Schubert’s Quintet
Nov 20 @ 3:00 pm
Timothy Paek, cello, courtesy image

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, debuts its new Sandbar Chamber Series with “Schubert’s Quintet,” a chamber ensemble concert, on Sunday, November 20, 3 pm, at Yarmouth New Church’s Thacher Hall, 266 Main St., Yarmouth Port.

“We are excited to put all the delays the pandemic caused behind us and finally launch our new chamber series this season” shares CCCO Music Director Matthew Scinto.  “Part of our goal with the chamber series is to branch out and explore new collaborations around Cape Cod. Performing at the historic New Church fulfills that ambition.”  A facet of CCCO’s Season Five, the Sandbar Chamber Series features new soloists, new music and hallmark performances in multiple venues around Cape Cod.

The Sandbar Chamber Series premiere concert “Schubert’s Quintet” features music of Antonin Dvorak and Schubert’s masterful Cello Quintet. “We’ve all heard of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, but Franz Schubert often gets lost in the mix of things. The reality is Schubert is one of the greatest musical geniuses to have ever lived, composing over 600 songs, dozens of chamber pieces, nine symphonies, piano works, and more before dying at the young age of 31. The Cello Quintet was in fact written just two months before the composer’s death in 1828. It is as “mature” as Schubert gets”, says Scinto.

Yarmouth New Church’s Thacher Hall

CCCO prides itself on exceptional programming and its collaborative performances, a highlight of every season.  Season Five features four full-orchestra main concerts and three small ensemble performances, launched with this new Sandbar Chamber Series.

Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, 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.  Spotlighting living composers is at the forefront of the orchestra’s mission; bringing audiences closer to the music of modern time, positioned as an essential and educational element to each performance program.  Other repertoire emphasize the championing of works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.

Tickets to “Schubert’s Quintet” are $35, students and children are admitted for free.  More information, the full season schedule, concert programs and tickets to all Season Five performancesare available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at each venue door by cash or credit card.  For more information, email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.

Program

ANTONIN DVORAK – Terzetto in C, Op. 74

OFFENBACH – Cello Duo No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 53

FRANZ SCHUBERT – String Quintet in C, D. 956

Performing Artists

Jean Huang, Jesse MacDonald, violins

Jessica Cooper, viola

Timothy Paek, Matthew Smith, cello

About Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto
conducting Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra,
image by Jean Kirby Photography

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 Visiting Director of Orchestra at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has twice studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, was recently finalist for the Assistant Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, and also 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 received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. Dr. Scinto has been involved in Alzheimer’s care for the past several years, working with memory care facilities at Maplewood Senior Living in Brewster, MA and Bridges in Mashpee, MA. He is also a frequent guest of the Arts & Ideas program with the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod for caregivers and loved ones with memory loss. By using aspects of music appreciation and conducting, Dr. Scinto has developed curriculum for working with individuals dealing with memory loss in order to allow them to reconnect to their loved ones and enjoy fun movement to music. In addition to conducting, Dr. Scinto has been teaching private piano, violin, and viola lessons for over a decade, currently at Steeple St. Music Academy in Mashpee, MA

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 www.capecodchamberorchestra.org, email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.

Dec
2
Fri
Pilgrim Festival Chorus Joyeux Noël Concerts
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm

Celebrating the season with music drawn from the classic French carol tradition

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal community choral ensemble, presents its holiday season concert, “Joyeux Noël,” on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 4 at 4 pm, at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth. The chorus is led by Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly.

“Joyeux Noël,” includes some of the great French music composed for Christmas, such as the Saint-Saens’s “Christmas Oratorio” (1858) and Charpentier’s “Messe de Minuit pour Noël” (est. 1690). This charming piece incorporates ten traditional French noels (Christmas carols), capturing the joy and anticipation of Christmas eve.

In addition, PFC performs several French Christmas carols, including “Noël Nouvelet,” and “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella.” The concert concludes with John Rutter’s moving setting of the classic carol, “O Holy Night.”

Since 1999, PFC has provided South Shore audiences with classical choral music concerts. More than 80 vocalists of all adult ages fill out the ensemble. In addition to the winter concert, PFC presents an annual “Messiah Sing” in December, a larger choral work in spring, and summer concerts featuring pops-style programming.

Tickets for “Joyeux Noël” are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14. Children age 14 and under are admitted for free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org/tickets and from PFC members. Tickets are also available at the door.

For more information about PFC, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

Pilgrim Festival Chorus is a volunteer, not-for-profit choral ensemble dedicated to presenting diverse choral works that educate, enrich, and engage both its members and its audiences. PFC is funded in part by grants from a number of the region’s Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. PFC performances are produced in part by cooperation with See Plymouth and Plymouth County Commissioners. For more information about PFC, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.