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

Benefit supports mission programs for area teens

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

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

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

Sandy Alemian, courtesy image

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

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

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

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

About The Kerry Jon Walker Fund

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

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

Gala celebrates and supports the transformative power of arts education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

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

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

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

 

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

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

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

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

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

 

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

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

 

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

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

 

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

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

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

 

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

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

Performance debuts pre-concert student musician showcase in Harwich Port

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

Charles Overton, harp, photo by Jean Kirby

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

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

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

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

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

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

Program:

GRANDJANY Rhapsodie, Op. 10 | Charles Overton, harp

DVOŘÁK Piano Quartet in E Flat, Op. 87

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

COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite

About Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

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

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

About Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra

Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s mission is to connect the diverse arts communities and individuals of Cape Cod inclusively. By collaborating with other disciplines of art and culture, the Orchestra aims to create unique concert experiences while providing exciting, enriching and memorable orchestral music.  Featuring living composers is at the forefront of the orchestra’s mission; bringing audiences closer to the music of modern time, positioned as an essential and educational element to each performance program.  Other repertoire champions the works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.  For more information visit capecodchamberorchestra.org, email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

European Tour Performance Schedule:

Sun., February 16, 5:30 pm

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

Tues., February 18, 5:15 pm

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

Weds., February 19, 12.30 pm

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

Thurs., February 20, 7:30 pm

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

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

Sun., February 23, 10:00 am

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

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

About Saint Paul’s Choir School

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Heron Vocal Ensemble, image by Liz Linder

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

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

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

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

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

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

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

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

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

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

 

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

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

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

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

 

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

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

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

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

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

Mondays at the James: Italianate Architecture Around the South Shore

Monday, March 16, 7 pm

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

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

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

 

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

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

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

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

I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone, Living History Performance

Sunday, March 22, 3 pm

Tickets:  $20 adults, $10 students

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

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

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

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Lisa Wong, image by Jenny Nourse

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

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

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

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

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

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

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

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

Mondays at the James: Duxbury’s Women at Sea

Monday, March 30, 7 pm

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

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

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

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

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

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

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

 

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

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

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

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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

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

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

About South Shore Conservatory

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

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