By Jesse Stiglich
All throughout our towns we see that fall has arrived and summer has slowly backed into the rearview mirror. As I drive to work at South Shore Conservatory, I observe the leaves on the trees slowly start to turn from green to vibrant red, orange and yellow. It’s noticeable just how different each of these leaves truly are, just by their colors. Their change in appearance and introduction to our landscape and environment offers us a chance to explore each leaf’s identity and uniqueness.
With this new academic year, we are introduced to many new faces. One of the newer members of SSC’s faculty, I’ve already met many new students as they entered my percussion studio for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Each one was unique, just as every new faculty member is unique. I am eager to learn more about my fellow educator/musicians and will have the opportunity to do so and to share my own story and musical style at this year’s SSC Debuts concert, which features our newest faculty members.
Much like the freshness and change that the autumn leaves provide, so too do SSC’s new faculty members. Each performer in the concert offers their own unique taste in music. With each piece of music played during the fall Sunday afternoon, the audience is allowed a chance to not only explore the music’s art and melodic concepts, but also delve into experiencing the personalities of each of our newest faculty.
The program for SSC Debuts features a vast variety of musical selections. It ranges from vocal music from the repertoire of Schubert and Faure, to classical trumpet, French horn, violin and piano, to a fun marimba solo by Eric Sammut, which is what I am performing. The talented faculty performers tasked with turning these pieces of music and mixed program into a stellar afternoon include Devin Morin, baritone, Christine Hedden, fiddle, Robert Marlatt, French horn, Siu Yan Luk, piano, Emily Hale, violin, Allyson Lynch, soprano and Andrew Moreschi, trumpet.
The freshness of these new faces accompanied by the recent change of seasons will provide a new sparkle to the SSC community as a whole. With all of the solo pieces taking place that afternoon, the audience will get a chance really connect with these new faces individually. SSC Debuts provides a terrific chance for the musicians to connect with many of the people that make up the South Shore Conservatory community. With such talented, fresh musicians entering the fold, accompanied by a program with something for everyone’s tastes, the SSC Debuts concert is one that cannot be missed this fall.
South Shore Conservatory presents SSC Debuts, the first of five Conservatory Concert Series (CCS) concerts on Sunday, October 16, 4 pm at One Conservatory Drive in Hingham. The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so I suggest you arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance in order to guarantee yourself a seat in the concert hall. Following the concert, the audience is invited to join the performers for a reception in the lobby. Be sure to come up and say hello!
For more information, visit sscmusic.org or call 781-749-7565, ext. 20.
Percussionist Jesse Stiglich teaches private lessons and Time Train, for students 6-8, at South Shore Conservatory’s Hingham and Duxbury campuses.