South Shore Conservatory will present “The Big Reveal,” 24 hours of virtual performances, over Labor Day weekend.
The free performance marathon, from Sunday, Sept. 6 at 6 pm, to Monday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m., is a celebration of the conservatory’s 50th anniversary and its role as a community school for the arts. The event concludes with a final live streamed concert in SSC’s Jane Carr Amphitheater in Duxbury.
The Big Reveal is the brainchild of South Shore Conservatory President Karen Geer, who took over SSC’s leadership reins on June 1. Geer, along with Joe Collymore of Harbor Media, plan to be the emcees for the event, which looks back at where South Shore Conservatory has been, spotlights where the organization is today and forecasts what is yet to come .
“One of the reasons I was excited to take over SSC’s leadership was the quality of the music of the faculty and the musicians of the South Shore. Most of them are active educators and performers,” said Geer. “I cannot think of a better way to honor their contribution to the community than by featuring their talents in a big way.”
Performances include something for the whole family, starting on Sunday with a bedtime sing-along music by SSC Youth Chorus director Peter Mundt, moving on to performances by Duxbury Music Festival faculty and students, and soothing dinner music. Later in the evening SSC’s Juli Finn hosts an open mic, and rock band hour features popular SSC bands such Not Today, Yardsale, and Toast. The 11 p.m. dance hour features a disco and funk band.
Overnight and early morning hours are packed with Latin Tango hour featuring prominent bandoneon player Raul Jaurena, Mello Cello hour with Dawn Avery, comedy, poetry, a jazz conversation with renowned jazz trombonist Earl McIntyre and jazz vocalist Renee Manning, and a video history of SSC. Surprise South Shore musicians might join in as well.
On Labor Day, SSC kicks off the morning with yoga for all ages, and a special 8 a.m. family performance by Debbie and Friends. Hourly brunch performances include Beethoven Birthday Brunch, Beatles’ Brunch, Jazz Brunch, Classical Brunch and Broadway Brunch.
Live performances start at 3 p.m., with guitarists Juli and Jon Finn, followed by SSC student and faculty All-Stars, and a jazz concert. With safety in mind, live onsite performances, 45 minutes in length, take place with very limited number of audience members, but will be live streamed for all to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.
The final “reveal” starts at 6 p.m Labor Day evening. Reveals include the winner of the Malcolm Rowell Scholarship, awarding the first Kathy Czerny Innovation Fund award, and the announcement of new, innovative, and national programming for the coming school year.
Funds raised over the 24 hours will go toward SSC’s tuition assistance program.
For more information, visit https://thebigreveal.sscmusic.org/ or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook.