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South Shore Conservatory celebrates with a new composition

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 4, 2010 12:59 AM

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Locals flocked to Duxbury’s Performing Arts Center Wednesday night to celebrate the South Shore Conservatory’s 40th anniversary, for which a piece was composed especially for the night.

John Kramer, a piano teacher and composition instructor at the Hingham-based conservatory, composed the multifaceted piece for full orchestra, rock band, and chorus.

“I think the first part, and the hardest part about it, was to find a concept for it,” Kramer said. “It clicked in my head to have the conservatory write the text for the piece. So the name of the piece is ‘Music is,’ and we asked students and faculty and staff and trustees to complete that sentence.”

The endings to that sentence are as varied as the feelings behind them – starting with music is love, moving into music is doughnuts, and by the end of the piece, falling quietly into the words "music is peace."

The 200-person ensemble, after playing separately in smaller groups, combined in the finale to play the composition's premiere.

Choral conductingMusicians ranged in both age and skill, young violinists from the Dolce Strings ensemble sitting next to experienced teachers at the conservatory.

For the president of the South Shore Conservatory, Kathy Czerny, the coming together of such a wide variety of talents demonstrated the mission of the conservatory and the reason to celebrate 40 years of teaching.

“When you look at how many people are up here and how the conservatory has touched thousands of people’s lives … it’s a legacy that started out with dedicated families that wanted to make sure they had this for their children’s lives, and knew that the power of art was really important.

“For me, that’s what it is all about – everybody here does this because they know that there is a transformative power in the arts.”

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