Mountains to Prairies: American Roots Concert
April 21, 2013
…..South Shore Conservatory’s popular Conservatory Concert Series (CCS) presents its final of six concerts, Mountains to Prairies: Music from our American Roots, an exciting musical journey chronicling the ancestry of American music on Sunday, April 21, 4 pm at The Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury.
The Conservatory Concert Series is generously sponsored by Boston Private Bank & Trust Company. Thanks to their support, admission to the concerts is free, advancing the Conservatory’s mission of expanding access to arts education and performance. CCS features the extraordinary talent of the Conservatory’s faculty.
When settlers came over from Europe bringing their most prized musical possessions, which included fiddles, drums, accordions and guitars, they also brought over traditional folk music from England and Ireland. Today, this is what we consider Celtic music. From Africa, slaves brought their own traditional spiritual tunes, for which the American South is now known. Over time, the Celtic and African styles blended and combined to make “old timey” music, a term which means American folk tunes with a country twist. This morphed into what we now consider Blues.
Mountains to Prairies: Music from our American Roots focuses on these three genres of music, and promises to deliver a lively performance. Improvisation or in-the-moment music making will be a huge component of this concert. Fans of the band Mumford and Sons will thoroughly enjoy this hour-long concert.
SSC Conservatory faculty members performing include Katy Boc and Phil Rush on fiddle, Chris Rathbun on bass, Maria Marini on vocals, Erik Caldarone on guitar, Jimmy Craven on keys, and Ed Sorrentino on drums. Guest artists include Stuart Peak on guitar and banjo, Chris Turner on mouth harp and vocals, and Peter Smith on bodhrán.
The day begins with workshops for beginning and intermediate fiddlers and guitarists. For more information on these workshops, visit www.sscmusic.org.
Following the performance, the audience is invited stay, enjoy some refreshments, and visit with the musicians to learn more about them and their music. For more information about CCS concerts and other Conservatory events, performances and programs, please visit www.sscmusic.org or follow us on Facebook.
About South Shore Conservatory
South Shore Conservatory, recently recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, is celebrating more than 42 years of enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts. SSC was founded as a not-for-profit community music school in 1970 and now has two beautiful campuses in Hingham and Duxbury. Currently serving more than 2,700 students of all ages and abilities, SSC is the largest community school for the arts in Massachusetts. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. SSC’s Hingham campus is located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, 781-749-7565. SSC’s Duxbury campus is located at the Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury, 781-934-2731. South Shore Conservatory is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook or visit www.sscmusic.org.
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