By Holly Marshall
The holiday season is a busy one for all of us. From planning big family dinners to baking holiday cookies and finding that perfect gift, to hiding that gift somewhere the kids will never find it, it’s easy to lose sight of what the holiday season is all about until it’s already passed by.
Holiday time has a very special meaning for me this year. I’m getting married! With my wedding happening just a week before Christmas, losing sight of what the holiday season is all about has proven especially true for me this year. So when given the opportunity to take a break from planning a white wedding to sing about a white Christmas—I jumped at it!
My holiday playlist is usually on repeat as soon as the Halloween decorations come down each year, and I can’t wait to bring some of my favorite holiday tunes to life for our concert! I’ll be dusting off my classical chops for a Messiah duet with Beth MacLeod Largent, and I, of course, couldn’t resist throwing in a little Broadway Christmas amongst the more traditional Christmas carols. My favorite SSC holiday tradition is the post-concert sing-along, so get ready audience! There’s nothing better than a room full of people making music together.
For the last few years, the holiday concerts at SSC have been standing room only, so I was thrilled to hear we would be moving to Derby Academy’s lovely (and large!) performance hall for Holiday Favorites on December 11. I recently saw two of my students take to the Derby stage in James and the Giant Peach, so I’ll be following in their footsteps for this performance!
With Thanksgiving being my fiancé Adam’s favorite holiday, and my family being of mixed faith, our celebration of the holiday season and practice of counting our blessings goes well beyond the 12 days of Christmas. For as long as I can remember, we’ve sung a special version of The Dreidel Song during Hanukkah written by my grandfather. Each verse is about a different member of the family, and I can’t wait to hear what my grandfather has written for Adam this year!
Making music has been my way of life, but making music for the holidays is a gift. It’s a chance to pause, reflect on what matters most and the many blessings in life. Sharing music with others is how I can delight in all the little things that make the holiday season truly bright. On December 11, I hope you’ll take some time to revel in the holiday spirit with us!
South Shore Conservatory’s Conservatory Concert Series presents Holiday Favorites on Sunday, December 11, 4 pm at Derby Academy’s Larson Hall, 56 Burditt Street in Hingham. Admission to the concert is free, and audience members are invited to join the performers for a reception following the performance. For more information, visit sscmusic.org.
Holly Marshall is a member of South Shore Conservatory’s voice department, and a teacher in SSC’s ImagineARTS program which brings arts and literacy to kindergarteners in the Brockton school system.