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Plymouth orchestra celebrates a century of music with a world premiere

Steven Karidoyanes conducts the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Denise Maccaferri
Steven Karidoyanes conducts the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.

MILESTONE CONCERT The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 100th anniversary season at its Opening Night Concert featuring the music of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and the world premiere performance of “Dreamtime Ancestors” by US composer Christopher Theofanidis.

To celebrate its milestone, the orchestra is leading a nationwide project called New Music for America by premiering Theofanidis’s orchestral work, which will be performed in every state over a two-year period.

“Chris Theofanidis’s music is exciting and attractive,” said Steven Karidoyanes, the Plymouth Philharmonic’s music director. “He really knows how to unleash the power of the orchestra.”

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Based on an Australian aboriginal myth, the piece evokes the belief that all human beings are connected through “dreamtime ancestors.”

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Karidoyanes described Beethoven’s Leonore Overture, No.3, written for his opera “Fidelio,” as “a wild, action-packed ride from despair to hope to fiery rapture.” Rachmaninoff’s “hyper-romantic” Second Piano Concerto will be performed by acclaimed guest soloist Marina Lomazov.

Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Saturday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. $20-$65; for tickets and information on preconcert events, www.plymouthphil.org, 508-746-8008.

Concertgoers are invited to a Meet the Artists Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 2, at noon in the Mayflower Society House, 4 Winslow St.; $35; and to the Opening Night Soiree at Pilgrim Hall Museum, 6-7:30 p.m., $20.

A SOLDIER’S STORY Julianne Bone Mehegan and David Mehegan, editors of “Record of a Soldier in the Late War: The Confederate Memoir of John Wesley Bone,” will discuss their research and read from the book. Bone fought in many of the war’s biggest battles.

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Abington Public Library, 600 Gliniewicz Way, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.

FEATURED ARTIST Renowned Wyoming painter Geoff Parker will be the featured artist at the South Street Gallery in October. Many new paintings, both Western landscapes as well as New England and local landscapes, will be on display in his show “From West to East.”

149 South St., Hingham. Reception on Saturday, Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m.; the show runs Oct. 1-23.

WICKED GOOD “Cycle and Sweat — A Fitness Block Party” features two components, ticketed outdoor cycling and CrossFit classes and a free block party. Proceeds will benefit Wicked Good Cause, helping local families affected by unforeseen illness, accident, or tragedy.

Derby Street Shoppes, 98 Derby St., Hingham, Sunday, Sept. 27, 8-11 a.m.; tickets at www.wickedgoodcause.org/events.

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FOOD AND WINE As part of Duxbury’s Food and Wine festival, a sushi chef and a sake expert will serve the Japanese dish and rice wine and answer questions at the Art Complex Museum.

189 Alden St., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m.; $45, www.duxburyfoodandwinefestival.com.

LET THE CHILDREN GO New York Times columnist Jessica Lahey will speak on her book “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.” The book offers practical ideas for raising resilient children who become capable adults.

Duxbury Performing Arts Center, 73 Alden St., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.; $7, $10 at the door, www.theparentconnection.org.

TROLLEY TOUR The Norwell Historic House Tour features trolleys to transport guests to each location for a self-guided tour to benefit the James Library & Center for the Arts. The tour’s antique properties include the Jonathan & Joseph Turner House, “The Big White Barn” on the former Clapp estate, and the James Library.

The tour begins at the Cushing Center, 673 Main St., Friday, Oct. 2, 9-3; $30 advance ($35 door), www.jameslibrary.org.

HISTORIC PRINTER Local author Valerie Lester will discuss her new book, the first biography in English of the 18th-century type designer, punch cutter, and printer Giambattista Bodoni. The book places Bodoni, driven to be the greatest printer who ever lived, in the context of his times.

Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St., Sunday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m.

FOLK ROCK PIONEER Geoff Muldaur, a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Paul Butterfield’s Better Days group, has performed with Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, and others.

South Shore Folk Music Club, 222 Main St., Kingston, Saturday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m.; $22.

RIVER RUN The annual Run for the Rivers to benefit the North and South Rivers Watershed Association has a new route this year along the South River, beginning and ending at the Marshfield Yacht Club.

11 Ridge Road, Sunday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.; $20, race day $25, www.nsrwa.org.

PUMPKIN FUN The Annual Pumpkin Patch features locally grown pumpkins of all sizes, weird gourds, seasonal decorations, cornstalks, and chrysanthemums.

Second Parish Church, 685 Main St., Hingham, Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 3-4, Oct. 11-12, and Oct. 17, 9-5.

ART HEIST Former Boston Globe reporter Stephen Kurkjian discusses his book, “Master Thieves,” on the gangland background of the still-unsolved Gardner Museum art heist.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 465 First Parish Road, Scituate, Oct. 3, 3 p.m.

STUDIO HISTORY Photographer Paul J. Smith will speak about the postwar history of the studio craft movement in America at a reception at the Fuller Craft Museum.

455 Oak St., Brockton, Saturday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m.; $25, $7 members, www.fullercraft.org.

Send information about events at least two weeks in advance to Robert Knox at rc.knox2@gmail.com.