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An annual tradition, this year’s performance by the 13-member Solstice Singers on December 21 and 22 was a delight. Held in the 1878-built Woods Hole Community Hall, audiences were treated to a potpourri of musical pieces in the style of the Renaissance.

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Performances included a variety of songs by the Solstice Singers – from soulful to silly – and an elegant dance by three couples.

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Instrumentals and accompaniment by Ensemble Passacaglia blended beautifully with the light voices:  Jan Elliott on recorder, Lisa Esperson on percussion, Molly Johnston on viola da gamba, and Tom Hanna on lute.

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A solo by baritone Dan Hotchkiss enchanted the audience.

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The second set began with a traditional dance by Vineyard Swordfish led by Jan Elliott.

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An annual favorite, the Boars Head song and processional has been sung by the group since its founding 21 years ago

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A new twist this year was a mini-play written and directed by singer Wendell Bishop, with acting by a handful of the singers.

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The lilting voices of the Solstice children, all of whom have participated for a number years, rounded out the show.

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Kudos to artistic director Lore Loftfield DeBower and to all performers for presenting such a colorful and entertaining show in celebration of the winter solstice.

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I had the opportunity to capture a variety of dramatic images of Artistic Director John Yankee conducting the Falmouth Chorale & Orchestra performing The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn. Concerts were held on March 16th and 17th to packed houses at the Falmouth Academy in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Here are a few of my favorites, reflecting the many facets of the emotionally-charged connection between conductor, chorus and orchestra as they interpreted this well-loved oratorio celebrating the creation of world.

Artistic Director John Yankee conducts Falmouth Chorale

Artistic Director John Yankee conducts Falmouth Chorale

Artistic Director John Yankee conducts Falmouth Chorale

Artistic Director John Yankee conducts Falmouth Chorale

Artistic Director John Yankee conducts Falmouth Chorale

Artistic Director John Yankee conducts Falmouth Chorale

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Historic Highfield Hall of Falmouth, Cape Cod was built in 1878 as a “summer cottage” of the Beebe family. Its long history can be viewed here. Since extensive restoration was completed 5 years ago thanks to extraordinary support by donors and volunteers, the hall has become an architectural and cultural treasure of Cape Cod, hosting a variety of programs, musical events, and art exhibitions year round.

I had the pleasure of attending Holidays at Highfield several times during the past three weekends, as well as performing with our recorder group. Tempting aromas of fresh baked cookies and music continually filled the air. Here are a few of my favorite memories.

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Highfield Music director, Steinway Artist and Smithsonian Scholar Robert Wyatt gives an insightful talk on the history of holiday music.

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The Sansonnette duo of Barbara Blair and Ron Geering perform French tunes and answer questions about their fascinating instruments…

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Notescape harmonizes on holiday tunes to the delight of Highfield visitors…

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A magnificent array of sparkles and colors decorate both floors of the halls thanks to the cadre of volunteers that make this happen each year.

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I thoroughly enjoyed covering the Solstice Singers concert this past Sunday at the Christ Lutheran Church in Falmouth. It’s always an aural and visual pleasure attending the choral group’s performances. Thanks to the amazing low-light capabilities of my Canon 5D Mark II camera, and also knowing I could reduce “noise” in my digital darkroom, I was able to shoot to my heart’s content in the dark interior of the church.  No worries about distracting the audience with flash.

If any of my students or other photographers are wondering, all images except the first four were shot at ISO 12,500 (not a typo!) with around an f/4 aperture and 1/50 second shutter – always a balancing act between controlling noise, depth of field, and subject motion when lighting is dim. Here are a few of my favorites.

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I thoroughly enjoyed taking photographs for the Falmouth Museums on the Green houses during its annual Holiday Open House this weekend. The Falmouth Garden Club adorned the nooks and crannies of the historic Julia Wood House with Christmas greens and arrangements, as they have done for many years. New this year, over forty volunteers from the Falmouth Newcomers Club decorated the Conant House as well.  Congratulations to both clubs for an outstanding job!

Do yourself a favor and fit in a visit during the next two Thursday-to-Saturday weekends when the museum is open – the schedule is here.  Meanwhile, here are a few of my very favorite photos.

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Susan and Joe asked me to photograph their wedding in Harwich Port on Cape Cod. The celebration took place a few weeks ago at her parents’ home followed by a reception at the nearby Wychmere Harbor Club. A second marriage for each, they wanted this day to be a glorious celebration of family.  So family portraits was what was most important to them as well as having candids to capture memories. Here are a few of their favorite images from this memorable day.

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As the Featured Artist of the Month, my “Sand and Solitude” photography show is now open at the West Falmouth Library through July 8th. I’m especially pleased to be exhibiting in West Falmouth since the village was my introduction to Cape Cod 40 years ago. As a teenager visiting from Michigan, I became captivated with the Cape during a stay on the beach with my sister’s in-laws, the late Dr. Paul and Dorothy Magnuson of Chapoquoit. Vacations on Cape Cod with friends continued during college days, and later while sailing on Buzzards Bay from Marion with my husband.

“My Secret Place” – captured in Pocasset, Bourne at Four Ponds – won First Place in Photography at the Cape Cod Art Association’s juried May show and is one of the works on display. The exhibit is open through July 8 during regular library hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10-5;   Thursday 2-8;  and Saturday 10-1. Please stop by!

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