Aug
29
Sun
CCCO Open Season Opener & Serenade
Aug 29 @ 3:00 pm

Orchestra’s first live performance in 18 months launches new interactive OPEN format

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents its Season Four opening performance of the 2021-22 season, OPEN CCCO: Season Kickoff & Serenade, on Sunday, August 29, 3 pm, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port. The orchestra is conducted by Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto.In CCCO’s first live performance in more than 18 months, OPEN CCCO: Season Kickoff & Serenade launches its new format, combining performance, audience interaction and a behind-the-scenes look into an orchestra rehearsal. Conductor Scinto and the string sections takes the audience on an adventure through Dvořák’s “Serenade for Strings”, exploring the composer’s American ties and the elements that makes this work one of the most beloved pieces for string orchestra. Sponsored by Joseph Carr Wine, all ticket holders will be entered to take home a basket of premium cheese & wine. CCCO prides itself on exceptional programming and its collaborative performances, a highlight of every season.

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

“I am excited to kickoff our season with a new series we are launching. OPEN CCCO is meant to be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions, participate in the musical experience directly, and learn why we are so moved emotional by music. In classical music listeners often do not have a chance to communicate directly to the performers, so we are trying to change that,” shares Scinto.

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 Season Fourare available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at each venue door by cash or credit card.

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

Program:

DVOŘÁK Serenade for Strings

Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

CCCO Founding Conductor Matthew Scinto

Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony under Music Director Francisco Noya. Mr. Scinto received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Boston University, where he was a student of Stefan Asbury and David Hoose and twice received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. Mr. Scinto has studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, and was invited back again in July 2018. While at Boston University, Mr. Scinto served as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston University Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras where he covered and conducted in numerous concerts and opera productions, including Boston University’s recent production of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2017. Matthew Scinto has worked with conductors Bramwell Tovey, Ken-David Masur, Stefan Asbury, Diane Wittry, Daniel Hege, Marin Alsop, David Effron, and Markand Thakar. He has conducted such orchestras as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria, the New Haven Civic Orchestra, the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, the Indian Hill Sinfonia, the Miami Music Festival Orchestra, the Syracuse University Symphony, and the Boston University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

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.

Aug
30
Mon
Pilgrim Festival Chorus Fall Auditions
Aug 30 @ 6:30 pm
Members of Pilgrim Festival Chorus performing in concert, 2017, courtesy image

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal not-for-profit community choral ensemble, invites singers from the South Shore area to Open Auditions on Mondays, August 23 and 30, at 6:30 pm. Co-Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly will welcome newcomers of all skill levels to learn about PFC and audition for vocal placement, if they wish, at Faith Community Church (formerly United Methodist Church), 29 Carver Road, Plymouth.  Rehearsals for the fall season begin at 7 pm immediately following.

In October, PFC performs a special concert, “Pilgrim Journey: Songs of Faith and Courage”, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. Originally planned for October 2020, this concert focuses on the faith and courage of the Mayflower’s passengers. The program features the premiere of a specially commissioned work by Massachusetts composer Clifton J. Noble Jr., “Arrived in Safe Harbor”.  Noble worked closely with PFC’s directors to create a work that incorporates texts written by William Bradford (1590-1657), noted Governor of the Plymouth Colony and a signatory of the Mayflower Compact.

Also on the program, a work by American composer, Alice Parker, who is herself a national treasure, having promoted America’s musical heritage over a career that spans decades. PFC’s performs her work “Melodious Accord”, the first in the region in many years. The composition features shape-note singing, a truly unique element of American music, and one that portrays both religious expression and thanksgiving. The program will be accompanied by brass quartet and harp.

Immediately following this performance, PFC launches rehearsals for their annual holiday season concert, “Remembering Christmas Past”The program explores five centuries of seasonal music, including favorites from past concerts.

Rehearsals are regularly held on Monday nights from 7 to 9 pm. The concert “Pilgrim Journey”performs on October 23 and 24; “Remembering Christmas Past”performs on December 4 and 5. All concerts are held at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth.

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.

For more information about membership and auditions, contact Co-Artistic Director William Richter at 781-789-3343 or email director@pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.  For more information about this season’s schedule and repertoire, please visit the PFC website at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, email info@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.

Sep
3
Fri
Always . . . Patsy Cline
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm

Historic Deertrees Theatre, “Maine’s Most Enchanting Playhouse”, announces its 85th anniversary summer season of theatre performances and special events.  The quintessential performing arts venue, providing performing arts entertainment to the Greater Maine region since 1936, presents an eclectic offering for the summer of 2021, featuring an open house, theatrical productions, comedy and several fundraisers.  The season also boasts a concert series in its broadly scheduled summer, from June through early September, detailed at deertrees-theatre.org.

In keeping with its 85-year tradition of “rising from the ashes”, Deertrees Theatre 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 during wars, disrepair, financial hardship and most recently, a global pandemic.  “We’re prepared to emerge celebrating the resiliency of the arts and feisty Mainers who eagerly anticipate rejoining friends and family,” shares Deertrees’ recently appointed Executive and Artistic Director Gail Phaneuf.

Always . . . Patsy Cline

Friday and Saturday, September 3 and 4, 7:30 pm, tickets are $32

Always…Patsy Cline is a musical based on the true story about Patsy 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 play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all.  The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”  Always…Patsy Cline has been one of the most produced musicals in America, including a successful run off-Broadway according to American Theatre Magazine.

Deertrees Theatre is committed to keeping its staff, performing artists and audience safe for in-person events and performances, adhering to official Maine venue guidelines, including staff Covid-19 training and compliance, sanitization, distancing, traffic flow, mask and reduced capacity protocols.  All staff, performing artists and crew will be fully vaccinated prior to performances.  For complete details on Deertrees’ safety guidelines, visit Deertrees Theatre Safety Guidelines.

For more information about Deertrees Theatre, to learn more about its wide variety or performances and programs, or to purchase tickets, visit deertrees-theatre.org.

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 deertrees@deertrees.org, or follow Deertrees Theatre on Facebook.

Sep
14
Tue
Choral Art Society Open Rehearsal
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS), a welcoming, non-auditioned community chorus, invites new singers to attend the first rehearsal of the fall season on Tuesday, September 14, 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. Rehearsals continue on Tuesday nights through the season, culminating in a December performance.

“We look forward to singing together in person again,” Buckley shares. “We are planning a regular season, while being aware that the pandemic is still a fluid situation. We are prepared to pivot to smaller, distanced rehearsals, outdoor rehearsals, online rehearsals and alternative performances, if necessary, to keep our singers engaged.”

For the safety of all, CAS requires that all singers are vaccinated. Leadership will request a copy of vaccination cards upon arrival. Everyone is required to provide proof of vaccination to participate, as well as wearing masks during rehearsal.

This season’s concert, entitled A Winter Day, is scheduled to perform on Sunday, December 5, 4 pm, at a location to be determined. The concert’s featured work is written by Canadian contemporary composer Sarah Quartel, performed with piano and cello accompaniment. 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.

To join Choral Art Society’s membership, or for more information, email 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
8
Fri
Art Exhibit: UnPRESSedented: Coastal Printmakers at The James Library
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a fall season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore at 24 West Street, Norwell.

Featuring work from over 13 of the South Shore’s most accomplished artists, this exhibition will show a variety of printmaking techniques and will include etchings, solarplates and monoprints.

Open House Art Gallery Opening Friday, October 8, 1-7 pm

On view October 8 to November 13, 2021

Free and open to the public

Oct
23
Sat
Pilgrim Journey: Songs of Faith and Courage
Oct 23 all-day

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal not-for-profit community choral ensemble, announces two special commemorative concerts honoring Plymouth’s quadricentennial celebration.  “Pilgrim Journey: Songs of Faith and Courage” is presented on Saturday, October 23, 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, October 24, 4 pm at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth.  The chorus, under the leadership of Founding Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, is accompanied by brass quartet and harp.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus Artistic Directors
William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly,
image by Matt McKee Photography,from PFC’s 20th Anniversary concert.

“This program is a complete delight – fun to sing with a wonderful, robust accompaniment”, shares Elizabeth Chapman Reilly.  “In addition to the brass and harp, our new commission ‘Arrived in Good Harbor’ features piano to inspire the listeners’ imagining of the stormy Atlantic crossing. It’s tremendously exciting to watch the commissioned work finally come to life.”

In PFC’s commemorative concert, singers and instrumentalists mark the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in Plymouth. Initially scheduled for October 2020, this postponed concert is presented through the lens of the faith and courage of the Mayflower’s passengers as they emigrated across the sea to the new world.  The program features the premiere of a specially commissioned work by Massachusetts composer Clifton J. Noble Jr., “Arrived in Good Harbor.”  Noble worked closely with PFC’s directors to originate a choral work that incorporates texts written by William Bradford (1590-1657), noted Governor of the Plymouth Colony and a signatory of the Mayflower Compact.

Also on the program is a piece by American composer, Alice Parker, who is herself a national treasure, having promoted America’s musical heritage over a career that spans decades. “Melodious Accord,” Parker’s masterful setting of 18th and early 19th century hymn tunes in the shape-note tradition, is particularly suitable for the celebration in its reflection on the strong faith of the Pilgrims. PFC’s performance of this work will be the first in the region in many years.

 

Pilgrim Festival Chorus, conducted by
Co-Founder and Artistic Director William B. Richter, image by Dan Rapoza

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 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.  Audience members are expected to wear masks while in attendance and to keep socially distanced as possible, regardless of vaccination status.

Tickets for the “Pilgrim Journey” performances are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, and $15 for students over 14. Children age 14 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org or from PFC members. To reserve tickets by phone, please call Hannah Woodbury at 781-834-8601, and leave a voicemail message.  For more information, 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.

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s Ghost Hunters
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents its spooky fall concert Ghost Hunters, on Saturday, October 23, 7 pm, at St. Christopher’s Church 625 Main St., Chatham, and on Sunday, October 24, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port. The orchestra is conducted by Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto.

“I cannot think of a better way to evoke the Halloween spirit than a concert filled with Cape Cod ghost stories and music by our orchestra. We are excited to be presenting this program in two locations for our audience members as we return live after a year of being virtual,” shares Scinto.

CCCO’s fourth season opens coincidentally just as the Cape is approaching Halloween and the holiday’s local celebrations. Ghost Hunters conjures up spooky Cape Cod folk lore in a program of ghost stories and compelling chamber music.  Peer through the keyhole into the story of Liza Tower Hill, otherwise known as the “Witch of Barnstable”, said to have danced on Mary Dunn Pond nightly with a crew of otherworldly creatures.

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn leads the hunt as the audience engages in the search for the notorious Barnstable witch in his famous Symphony No. 73 “The Hunt”. Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Death of Tintagiles tells the gloomy tale of a queen who captures a family, leaving others to attempt their rescue. The Orchestra’s performance concludes with Béla Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings, written in 1939 as Europe postured for the dark times that loomed before World War II.

Both the Chatham and Harwich Port performances will feature a costume contest for audience members during intermission, with winners chosen by the orchestra members. For more information about prizes and how to enter, please email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org.

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 emphasize the championing of works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.

Tickets to Ghost Hunters are $35 general admission, children and students attend for free.  Information regarding COVID-19 policies for this concert series will be made available in October.  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.

Conductor Matthew Scinto by Jean Kirby Photography

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

Program:

COWELL The Banshee

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Death of Tintagiles

BARTÓK Divertimento for Strings

HAYDN Symphony No. 73 “The Hunt”

Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony under Music Director Francisco Noya. Mr. Scinto received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Boston University, where he was a student of Stefan Asbury and David Hoose and twice received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. Mr. Scinto has studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, and was invited back again in July 2018. While at Boston University, Mr. Scinto served as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston University Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras where he covered and conducted in numerous concerts and opera productions, including Boston University’s recent production of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2017. Matthew Scinto has worked with conductors Bramwell Tovey, Ken-David Masur, Stefan Asbury, Diane Wittry, Daniel Hege, Marin Alsop, David Effron, and Markand Thakar. He has conducted such orchestras as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria, the New Haven Civic Orchestra, the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, the Indian Hill Sinfonia, the Miami Music Festival Orchestra, the Syracuse University Symphony, and the Boston University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

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.

Jazz Pianist Laszlo Gardony at The James Library
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a fall season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore at 24 West Street, Norwell.

Acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, and James Library favorite Laszlo Gardony returns to celebrate his live solo album La Marseillaise (Sunnyside Records) with a solo piano concert. Hailed by JazzTimes as “one of contemporary music’s truly original voices,” Laszlo’s performances convey the joy of inspired creation, audience connection, and moving spontaneous improvisations. Gardony’s concerts are one-of-a-kind performances drawing from deep feeling, prodigious technique, and a playful curiosity that thrives on interpreting each unique moment. He will perform new compositions, his own arrangements of standards, a classic Italian song, a re-imagination of an iconic French revolutionary song and spontaneously created pieces. Gardony has said, “Music has a direct effect on our emotions and also on our well-being.” Not to be missed!

Tickets: $30 Adults, $25 Seniors 65+, $15 Students
Tickets on sale at
jameslibrary.org on September 6, 2021

Space is limited due to Covid-19 safety protocols.

 

Oct
24
Sun
Pilgrim Journey: Songs of Faith and Courage
Oct 24 all-day

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal not-for-profit community choral ensemble, announces two special commemorative concerts honoring Plymouth’s quadricentennial celebration.  “Pilgrim Journey: Songs of Faith and Courage” is presented on Saturday, October 23, 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, October 24, 4 pm at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth.  The chorus, under the leadership of Founding Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, is accompanied by brass quartet and harp.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus Artistic Directors
William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly,
image by Matt McKee Photography,from PFC’s 20th Anniversary concert.

“This program is a complete delight – fun to sing with a wonderful, robust accompaniment”, shares Elizabeth Chapman Reilly.  “In addition to the brass and harp, our new commission ‘Arrived in Good Harbor’ features piano to inspire the listeners’ imagining of the stormy Atlantic crossing. It’s tremendously exciting to watch the commissioned work finally come to life.”

In PFC’s commemorative concert, singers and instrumentalists mark the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in Plymouth. Initially scheduled for October 2020, this postponed concert is presented through the lens of the faith and courage of the Mayflower’s passengers as they emigrated across the sea to the new world.  The program features the premiere of a specially commissioned work by Massachusetts composer Clifton J. Noble Jr., “Arrived in Good Harbor.”  Noble worked closely with PFC’s directors to originate a choral work that incorporates texts written by William Bradford (1590-1657), noted Governor of the Plymouth Colony and a signatory of the Mayflower Compact.

Also on the program is a piece by American composer, Alice Parker, who is herself a national treasure, having promoted America’s musical heritage over a career that spans decades. “Melodious Accord,” Parker’s masterful setting of 18th and early 19th century hymn tunes in the shape-note tradition, is particularly suitable for the celebration in its reflection on the strong faith of the Pilgrims. PFC’s performance of this work will be the first in the region in many years.

 

Pilgrim Festival Chorus, conducted by
Co-Founder and Artistic Director William B. Richter, image by Dan Rapoza

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 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.  Audience members are expected to wear masks while in attendance and to keep socially distanced as possible, regardless of vaccination status.

Tickets for the “Pilgrim Journey” performances are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, and $15 for students over 14. Children age 14 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org or from PFC members. To reserve tickets by phone, please call Hannah Woodbury at 781-834-8601, and leave a voicemail message.  For more information, 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.

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s Ghost Hunters
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents its spooky fall concert Ghost Hunters, on Saturday, October 23, 7 pm, at St. Christopher’s Church 625 Main St., Chatham, and on Sunday, October 24, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port. The orchestra is conducted by Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto.

“I cannot think of a better way to evoke the Halloween spirit than a concert filled with Cape Cod ghost stories and music by our orchestra. We are excited to be presenting this program in two locations for our audience members as we return live after a year of being virtual,” shares Scinto.

CCCO’s fourth season opens coincidentally just as the Cape is approaching Halloween and the holiday’s local celebrations. Ghost Hunters conjures up spooky Cape Cod folk lore in a program of ghost stories and compelling chamber music.  Peer through the keyhole into the story of Liza Tower Hill, otherwise known as the “Witch of Barnstable”, said to have danced on Mary Dunn Pond nightly with a crew of otherworldly creatures.

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn leads the hunt as the audience engages in the search for the notorious Barnstable witch in his famous Symphony No. 73 “The Hunt”. Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Death of Tintagiles tells the gloomy tale of a queen who captures a family, leaving others to attempt their rescue. The Orchestra’s performance concludes with Béla Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings, written in 1939 as Europe postured for the dark times that loomed before World War II.

Both the Chatham and Harwich Port performances will feature a costume contest for audience members during intermission, with winners chosen by the orchestra members. For more information about prizes and how to enter, please email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org.

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 emphasize the championing of works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.

Tickets to Ghost Hunters are $35 general admission, children and students attend for free.  Information regarding COVID-19 policies for this concert series will be made available in October.  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.

Conductor Matthew Scinto by Jean Kirby Photography

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

Program:

COWELL The Banshee

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Death of Tintagiles

BARTÓK Divertimento for Strings

HAYDN Symphony No. 73 “The Hunt”

Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony under Music Director Francisco Noya. Mr. Scinto received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Boston University, where he was a student of Stefan Asbury and David Hoose and twice received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. Mr. Scinto has studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, and was invited back again in July 2018. While at Boston University, Mr. Scinto served as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston University Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras where he covered and conducted in numerous concerts and opera productions, including Boston University’s recent production of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2017. Matthew Scinto has worked with conductors Bramwell Tovey, Ken-David Masur, Stefan Asbury, Diane Wittry, Daniel Hege, Marin Alsop, David Effron, and Markand Thakar. He has conducted such orchestras as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria, the New Haven Civic Orchestra, the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, the Indian Hill Sinfonia, the Miami Music Festival Orchestra, the Syracuse University Symphony, and the Boston University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

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.

Nov
5
Fri
The Great Guitar Show at The Regent Theatre
Nov 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

In a gathering of Boston’s finest guitar performing artists under one roof, The Great Guitar Night is presented on Friday, November 5, 7:30 to 10:30 pm at the region’s historic Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington. 

The Great Guitar Night celebrates Boston’s finest guitarists in one night, under one roof! Listen in as spectacular and legendary guitar performing artists explore a myriad of music’s top genres from blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, rhythm and blues and classical through to gypsy styles. Grammy Award® nominated guitarist Jon Finn appears with laterally accomplished counterpart singer/songwriter and performing/recording artist Juli Finn, as they take the stage in solo and duo tunes delivering a performance to remember! 

Capturing celebrity status at every performance, husband-and-wife guitar/singer/songwriter dream team Jon and Juli Finn perform the music they make uniquely together, a captivating take on jazz, blues, pop and classical, covers and originals, in an organic mix of styles, songs and interpretation. Both performing artists have appeared the world over, performing in such  prestigious concert venues as Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, Seattle’s Sky Church, Portland’s Roseland Theater and many more.

The roster is rounded out by the exceptional music of professional performing artists Paul Bourgelais, Erin Harpe, Max O’Rourke, Jack Soref, Gerry Beaudoin and Brad Faucher in one unforgettable night on the stage. Celebrate the fine art of guitar playing with some of the greats!

For more information and to order tickets, visit regenttheatre.com, email box.office@regenttheatre.com or call The Regent Theatre at 781-646-4849.

 

Nov
6
Sat
The Great New England Pumpkin Pie Contest
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Plimoth Patuxet Museums stirs up fun and prizes to find the best pumpkin pie in the region!

Plimoth Patuxet Museums is delighted to gather the New England region around a very special table this fall that will celebrate pumpkin pie and reward bakers for their prize-winning creations.

The Great New England Pumpkin Pie Contest gives contestants the opportunity to enter their best-baked pies to win one of the top three prizes. A panel of celebrity judges will be on hand at Plimoth Patuxet to taste and cast their vote on Sat, Nov. 6.

“We like to say that history is in the baking,” noted Christina Coleman, Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ Director of Public Programs and Hospitality, and organizer of the contest. “This Museum has a long and respected role in Thanksgiving-related programming and historic foodways, and we’re happy to pay tribute to this classic, popular pie that is enjoyed by many during this wonderful season.”

Contest winners will receive The Creative Table cookbook, by Author Michelle M. McGrath, as part of their prize package

Plimoth Patuxet Museums is delighted to present this contest with supporting partners Libby’s, GBH, and South Shore Home Life & Style. Registration is $6 per contestant and is open to both professional and amateur bakers, as well as bakers-in-the-making (amateur bakers under the age of 18) through October 30, 2021. For more information, including dates, contest rules and a list of celebrity judges, visit: https://plimoth.org/events/the-great-new-england-pumpkin-pie-contest.

This contest is one of a number of special events and programming planned this fall to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Thanksgiving, including the recently opened exhibit focused on the origins of Thanksgiving, We Gather Together: Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and the Making of an American Holiday. A complete list of Thanksgiving experiences can be found at https://plimoth.org/explore/thanksgiving.

About Plimoth Patuxet

Through powerful personal experiences of history, Plimoth Patuxet tells the stories of the Wampanoag people and the English colonists who created a new society – in collaboration and in conflict – in the 1600s. Major exhibits include Mayflower, the historic Patuxet Wampanoag Homesite, the 17th-Century English Village, and the Plimoth Grist Mill. Located less than an hour’s drive south of Boston, and 15 minutes north of Cape Cod, the Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. A private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution, the Museum is supported by admission fees, donations, memberships, and revenue from a variety of educational programming, dining and gift shops. Plimoth Patuxet is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate and receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, private foundations, corporations, and local businesses. For more information, visit www.plimoth.org. Follow the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and Mayflower on Facebook and Instagram.

The Creative Table cookbook, by Michelle M. McGrath, was published in 2020 and became a bestseller in just 10 days.
The cookbook features coastal images of Massachusetts and satisfying, colorful New England centered recipes that fortify the soul, courtesy image
Nov
7
Sun
Weekend Classics Concert: Argus Quartet at The James Library
Nov 7 @ 3:00 pm

The Argus Quartet, courtesy image

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a fall season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore at 24 West Street, Norwell.

Praised for playing with “supreme melodic control and total authority” and “decided dramatic impact” (Calgary Herald), Argus Quartet has quickly emerged as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile ensembles, winning First Prize at both the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. The Argus Quartet is dedicated to encouraging the joys of human connection, community, and discovery by bringing a wide-ranging repertoire to life through bold and meaningful programming and a vibrant commitment to collaboration and education.

Tickets: $35 Adults, $30 Seniors 65+, $20 Students
Tickets on sale at
jameslibrary.org on September 6, 2021

Space is limited due to Covid-19 safety protocols.

Nov
18
Thu
The Choir of Men and Boys of St. Paul’s Present Faure’s Requiem, Lecture, Open House
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A trio of events surrounding a Saint Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys’ masterwork performance welcomes the public for learning and entertainment on Thursday, November 18, to Saint Paul’s Parish and Saint Paul’s Choir School, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge.

First, Dr. Thomas Kelly, distinguished Harvard University professor and world-renowned expert of medieval plainchant and early music, offers a 4 pm lecture on the musical and liturgical history of the Requiem.  The presentation is immediately followed by the 5 pm performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, conducted by Saint Paul’s Choir School Director of Music and Choirmaster James Kennerley, with accompaniment by Assistant Director of Music Maks Adach on Saint Paul’s majestic pipe organ.  Lastly, the audience and public are encouraged to attend Saint Paul’s Choir School’s adjacent Open House, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, including a meet-and-greet with faculty, students and alumni, admissions information and tours of the facility. Admission to all three events is free.

Gabriel Fauré’s masterwork Requiem offers some of the most vibrant, dramatic choral music of the twentieth century. Scored for Fauré’s own choir of men and boys at the magnificent church of the La Madeleine in Paris, it has endured as one of his most popular works since its debut performance in 1888.  The audience will be transported by this seminal French composition, immersed in the beautiful acoustics of Saint Paul’s stately architecture, featuring pipe organ and instrumental soloists. Saint Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys often perform in tandem, offering inspiration for growth to the boy choristers, who are all educated at Saint Paul’s Choir School, adjacent to the parish.

The Fauré Requiem is beloved for its Pie Jesu movement, Latin language compositions, and the performance of the Kyrie in Koine Greek dialect. Faure himself described his Requiem as “dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.”

Founded in 1963 by Dr. Theodore Marier, Saint Paul’s Choir School is a Catholic day school that 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.

The Choir of Men and Boys of Saint Paul’s Harvard Square in concert, courtesy image

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 Parish 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 such renowned groups as the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Saint Paul’s Choir School safely educates in-person during the pandemic in classrooms of 12 or less students, observing state health mandates.   To learn more about Saint Paul’s Choir School 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.  For more information on Saint Paul’s Harvard Square, visit stpaulparish.org.

Schedule of Events ~

Dr. Thomas Kelly, Harvard University Professor, courtesy image

Lecture:  The Musical and Liturgical History of the Requiem

Dr. Thomas Kelly, professor, Harvard University; world-renowned expert, medieval plainchant and early music

Thursday, November 18, 5 pm

Saint Paul’s Parish, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Admission is free

saintpaulschoirschool.us


The Choir of Men and Boys of Saint Paul’s Harvard Square in concert, courtesy image

Saint Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys’ Present Fauré’s Requiem

Conducted by James Kennerley, SPCS Director of Music and Choirmaster

Accompanied by Maks Adach, SPCS Assistant Director of Music, Pipe Organ

Thursday, November 18, 5 pm

Saint Paul’s Parish, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Admission is free

saintpaulschoirschool.us


Saint Paul’s Choir School Open House

Meet faculty, students, alumni, learn about admissions and tour Saint Paul’s Choir School

Thursday, November 18, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Saint Paul’s Choir School, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Admission is free

saintpaulschoirschool.us


About Saint Paul’s Choir School

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

Uniquely integrated with music study, the school’s vigorous academic program provides an outstanding classical preparation in the liberal arts, which prepares 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.

Nov
19
Fri
Art Exhibit: Pastel Gems: Small Works for the Holidays at The James Library
Nov 19 @ 1:00 pm

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a fall season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore at 24 West Street, Norwell.

Open House Art Gallery Opening Friday, November 19, 1-7 pm

On view November 19, 2021 to January 8, 2022

Free and open to the public

This exhibit will feature small but exceptional pieces of art perfect for holiday gift giving. All pieces are original works created by well-recognized and accomplished local pastel artists who have been painting and exhibiting together for years. Small Works shows are a popular event due to the small scale and affordability, and with the holidays right around the corner, you will not want to miss this show!

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

 

Nov
20
Sat
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s Sustaining Sounds Concert
Nov 20 @ 4:00 pm

String players performing with Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, image by Jean Kirby Photography

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents the concert “Sustaining Sounds”, on Sunday, November 21, 3 pm, at Yarmouth New Church Preservation, 266 Main St., 6A, Yarmouth Port.  The orchestra is conducted by Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto.

CCCO’s second performance of its fourth season offers a collection of music for strings, featuring selections by Caroline Shaw, in a program about sustainability on Cape Cod.  “Our orchestra looks forward to returning to  New Church, a very gracious host during our last year of our virtual programs. We’ll explore more music composed for string orchestra and discuss issues surrounding sustainability and environmental protection on Cape Cod,” says Scinto.

Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation is a non-religious, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historically registered former church on Yarmouth Port common as a vibrant cultural center for public benefit and use, recognized as one of the best venues for the performance of live music on Cape Cod.

On the program, CCCO performs Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”, Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “Serenade for Strings”, and “Entr’acte” by Caroline Shaw. On her work, Shaw writes: “Entr’acte was written in 2011 after hearing the Brentano Quartet play Haydn’s Op. 77 No. 2 – with their spare and soulful shift to the D-flat major trio in the minuet. It is structured like a minuet and trio, riffing on that classical form but taking it a little further. I love the way some music suddenly takes you to the other side of Alice’s looking glass, in a kind of absurd, subtle, technicolor transition.”

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 emphasize the championing of works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.

Tickets to “Sustaining Sounds” 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 performances are available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at each venue door by cash or credit card.

A preview of this program’s music performs on Saturday, November 20, 4 pm, at Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center, presented by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society. More information and tickets will be available on November 1 at mvcms.org.

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

Program:

BARBER Adagio for Strings

SHAW Entr’acte

TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings

Conductor Matthew Scinto, image by Jean Kirby Photography

Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony under Music Director Francisco Noya. Mr. Scinto received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Boston University, where he was a student of Stefan Asbury and David Hoose and twice received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. Mr. Scinto has studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center and was invited back again in July 2018. While at Boston University, Mr. Scinto served as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston University Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras where he covered and conducted in numerous concerts and opera productions, including Boston University’s recent production of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2017. Matthew Scinto has worked with conductors Bramwell Tovey, Ken-David Masur, Stefan Asbury, Diane Wittry, Daniel Hege, Marin Alsop, David Effron, and Markand Thakar. He has conducted such orchestras as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria, the New Haven Civic Orchestra, the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, the Indian Hill Sinfonia, the Miami Music Festival Orchestra, the Syracuse University Symphony, and the Boston University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

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.

Nov
21
Sun
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s Shaw, Barber & Tchaikovsky Concert
Nov 21 @ 1:19 pm

Yarmouth New Church Preservation, 266 Main St., 6A, Yarmouth Port

Matthew Scinto, Conductor

CCCO returns with a program of eclectic music for strings featuring the music of Caroline Shaw. The Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation is a non-religious, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historically registered former church on Yarmouth Port common as a vibrant cultural center for public benefit and use. The CCCO will perform Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Tchaikovsky’s thrilling Serenade for Strings, and Entr’acte by Caroline Shaw. On her work Shaw writes:  “Entr’acte was written in 2011 after hearing the Brentano Quartet play Haydn’s Op. 77 No. 2 — with their spare and soulful shift to the D-flat major trio in the minuet. It is structured like a minuet and trio, riffing on that classical form but taking it a little further. I love the way some music (like the minuets of Op. 77) suddenly takes you to the other side of Alice’s looking glass, in a kind of absurd, subtle, technicolor transition.”

Author Stephen Puleo: Voyage of Mercy at The James Library
Nov 21 @ 2:00 pm

Author Stephen Puleo, courtesy image

The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a fall season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore at 24 West Street, Norwell.

The remarkable story of the mission that inspired America to donate massive relief to Ireland during the potato famine, which sparked America’s tradition of providing humanitarian aid around the world. Voyage of Mercy tells the incredible story of the famine, the Jamestown voyage, and the commitment of thousands of ordinary Americans to offer relief to Ireland, a groundswell that provided the collaborative blueprint for future relief efforts and established the United States as the leader in international aid.

Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Students
Tickets on sale at
jameslibrary.org on September 6, 2021

Space is limited due to Covid-19 safety protocols.

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s Sustaining Sounds Concert
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm

String players performing with Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, image by Jean Kirby Photography

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents the concert “Sustaining Sounds”, on Sunday, November 21, 3 pm, at Yarmouth New Church Preservation, 266 Main St., 6A, Yarmouth Port.  The orchestra is conducted by Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto.

CCCO’s second performance of its fourth season offers a collection of music for strings, featuring selections by Caroline Shaw, in a program about sustainability on Cape Cod.  “Our orchestra looks forward to returning to  New Church, a very gracious host during our last year of our virtual programs. We’ll explore more music composed for string orchestra and discuss issues surrounding sustainability and environmental protection on Cape Cod,” says Scinto.

Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation is a non-religious, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historically registered former church on Yarmouth Port common as a vibrant cultural center for public benefit and use, recognized as one of the best venues for the performance of live music on Cape Cod.

On the program, CCCO performs Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”, Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “Serenade for Strings”, and “Entr’acte” by Caroline Shaw. On her work, Shaw writes: “Entr’acte was written in 2011 after hearing the Brentano Quartet play Haydn’s Op. 77 No. 2 – with their spare and soulful shift to the D-flat major trio in the minuet. It is structured like a minuet and trio, riffing on that classical form but taking it a little further. I love the way some music suddenly takes you to the other side of Alice’s looking glass, in a kind of absurd, subtle, technicolor transition.”

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 emphasize the championing of works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.

Tickets to “Sustaining Sounds” 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 performances are available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at each venue door by cash or credit card.

A preview of this program’s music performs on Saturday, November 20, 4 pm, at Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center, presented by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society. More information and tickets will be available on November 1 at mvcms.org.

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

Program:

BARBER Adagio for Strings

SHAW Entr’acte

TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings

Conductor Matthew Scinto, image by Jean Kirby Photography

Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony under Music Director Francisco Noya. Mr. Scinto received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Boston University, where he was a student of Stefan Asbury and David Hoose and twice received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. Mr. Scinto has studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center and was invited back again in July 2018. While at Boston University, Mr. Scinto served as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston University Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras where he covered and conducted in numerous concerts and opera productions, including Boston University’s recent production of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2017. Matthew Scinto has worked with conductors Bramwell Tovey, Ken-David Masur, Stefan Asbury, Diane Wittry, Daniel Hege, Marin Alsop, David Effron, and Markand Thakar. He has conducted such orchestras as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria, the New Haven Civic Orchestra, the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, the Indian Hill Sinfonia, the Miami Music Festival Orchestra, the Syracuse University Symphony, and the Boston University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

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.

Nov
22
Mon
Guitar Night: Berklee’s Rock and Pop Student Showcase
Nov 22 @ 8:00 pm
Guitar Night: Rock and Pop Student Showcase
Monday, November 22 8:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
$10 in advance / $15 day of show
Discounted admission with Berklee ID: Free in advance / $5 day of show

Guitar faculty members Jon Finn and Robin Stone will host the Berklee School of Music Guitar department’s Guitar Night: Rock and Pop Student Showcase. This concert will feature selected, student-led ensembles representing the best rock and pop guitarists at Berklee.

Dec
4
Sat
Americana Theatre Company’s It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play, 2017, image by KB Designs of NE HR

It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play

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

Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth

Tickets:  $35.00 adults, $30.00 students/seniors

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

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

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

For more information and tickets, visit americantheatre.org.

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

Celebrating the season with treasured choral carols

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

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

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

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

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

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

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

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

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

St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth

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

Children age of 14 and under are admitted free

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

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

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

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

Holiday theatrical classic revived for Americana’s third biennial production

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Americana Theatre Company

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

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

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

Tickets: $20 general admission

Danica Buckley, Conductor

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

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

Choral Art Society Presents A Winter Day
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm

Choral Art Society in concert, courtesy image

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Choral Art Society

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

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

Program:

A Winter’s Day

A Festive Pat-a-Pan

A Vaughan Williams Christmas

Deck the Halls Rag

Angels in Seven

Glow

Stopping By Woods on A Snowy Evening

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

Welcome. Be Thou Welcome!

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

About Danica Buckley, Artistic Director, Choral Arts Society  

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

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

Celebrating the season with treasured choral carols

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

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

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

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

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

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3 pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port

Matthew Scinto, Conductor

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

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

 

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

Program:

IVES: Symphony No. 3 The Camp Meeting

BARBER: Knoxville, Summer of 1915

PRICE: Andante Moderato

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

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

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

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

Christmas in Harvard Square concert program:

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

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

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

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

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

Joy to the world – English carol arr. James Kennerley

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

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

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

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

Gloria – John Rutter (b. 1945)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

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

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

Church at the Green, 6 Plympton Street, Middleborough

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.