from pianist Sarah Troxler
December in New England brings with it feelings of happy nostalgia. We haven’t yet reached the endless months of snow farms and mass transit cancellations, so we go through the busy holiday season recognizing the familial bliss that comes with it all (and living for those precious days off at the end of the month). So, while there may not be visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, we do experience the loveliness of soft white snow, peppermint lattes, candlelight in every window, seasonal music, and of course, favorite holiday movies.
Who can forget the classic “Home Alone” face of Macaulay Culkin, or the 24-hour marathon of “A Christmas Story,” as we experience Ralphie’s toils for his Red Ryder B.B. gun – over and over and over? In more recent years, Will Ferrell’s childlike wonder in the movie “Elf” has stolen our hearts; while watching a train, filled with excited (and one hesitant) Polar Express riders, weave its way to the North Pole, often marks the beginning of the holiday movie viewing for many families. These joyful and fun-filled holiday stories carry on a tradition begun in the days of Bing Crosby’s romantic crooning, aided at various times by the comedians and dancers Danny Kaye and Fred Astaire.
On Sunday, December 13, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) opens its doors and invites audience members of all ages to join us for a family concert of music from holiday movies. If you are not there already, this performance is guaranteed to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Voice faculty members Holly Marshall and Mark Leuning combine efforts with me on piano, and string faculty members Amanda Roberts, Katherine Roussopoulos, Cassie Sulbarán and Sassan Haghighi, to take you on a journey through your favorite holiday stories as told through music.
From traditional arrangements we all know and love, to original takes on favored tunes, the program includes music from movies such as “White Christmas,” “Home Alone,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “The Polar Express,” and more. This free concert, which lasts about an hour, includes a chance for the audience to join in the singing, creating the perfect opportunity for some extra holiday cheer during this busy season. Stick around after the performance for holiday refreshments and an opportunity to mingle with the performers.
We hope to see you and your family at this special celebration of the season!
South Shore Conservatory presents Holiday Music from the Movies on Sunday, December 13, 4 pm at One Conservatory Drive in Hingham. This festive concert is the third in a series of six monthly Conservatory Concert Series performances that run through April. Thanks to the generosity of donors such as Boston Private, admission to the concert is free. For more information, visit http://www.sscmusic.org or visit us on Facebook.