Cape Ann Symphony Continues Second Season of Popular Musicians Unleashed Concert Series

Cape Ann Symphony Continues Second Season ofPopular Musicians Unleashed Concert Series

A Series of Concerts in Intimate Settings

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19  HIDDEN TREASURES

at ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH, GLOUCESTER

Cape Ann Symphony continues the Musicians Unleashed Concert Series at 2:00 pm on January 19, 2020 with a fascinating musical tour of Hidden Treasures at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. After anoverwhelmingly enthusiastic audience response to the 2019 debut of  MusiciansUnleashed, a series of musical events featuring Cape Ann Symphony musicians in a variety of intimate settings, CAS is continuing the series in 2020. The nextMusicians Unleashed Concert features an opportunity to hear hidden musicaltreasures performed by a small group of CAS musicians including the orchestra’snew Concertmaster David Rubin, violin; Johnny Mok, cello; Tianhong Yang, piano; and  Earl Powers and Ryan Fossier, horns. Complimentary freshly baked nisu bread and hot coffee will be available for all attendees at a post-concert reception.

According to CAS President Fran White. “We are thrilled to continue the MusiciansUnleashed Concerts after last season’s highly successful launch of the series! This is something very different for the CAS and we found that  audiences just loved the variety of interesting venues, many of which do not host music events on a regular basis, and the opportunity to see CAS musicians play in small groups.”

The Hidden Treasures concert program includes:

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in E-flat Major, op. 1 with Concertmaster David Rubin, violin, Johnny Mok, cello and Tianhong Yang, piano

TELEMANN Concert in D for 2 Horns, with Earl Powers and Ryan Fossier, horns

PIAZZOLLA Le Grand Tango, for cello & piano, with Johnny Mok, cello and Tianhong Yang, piano

Ticket prices for each concert in the Musicians Unleashed Series:  $35 for adults and $15 for Youth.

 Call CAS at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org for tickets.

The next Musicians Unleashed Concert is: FLOWERS IN THE RAIN
Sunday, April 26, 2020, 2:00 PM at Gloucester’s  Unitarian Universalist Church –

 

Cape Ann Symphony Holds Annual Meeting

Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Notice of Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm.

Gloucester House Restaurant

63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, INC HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING ON JANUARY 22 At GLOUCESTER HOUSE RESTAURANT.

 

The Annual Meeting of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc. will be held at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA, on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 8:00pm. The purpose of this meeting is to hear reports of the past year’s activity by the Music Director, President, Treasurer, Manager and Board Officers. The meeting is also convened to elect Directors and Officers for the period from January 24, 2020 through January 22, 2021. The meeting will be preceded by a cocktail reception at 6:30pm (cash bar) and buffet dinner ($45/per person) at 7:00 pm. It is not necessary to attend the reception in order to attend the Annual Meeting. For tickets or further information please contact Cape Ann Symphony via phone: 978-281-0543 or website:www.capeannsymphony.org.

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY HOLIDAY POPS

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 67th SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

A Festive Musical Celebration for

Orchestra and Chorus

Featuring

The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus,

The Ipswich High School Bel Canto Select Woman’s Chorus &

The Manchester-Essex Regional High School Select Chorus

AND

INTRODUCING .JAKE COPP, 

WINNER: INAUGURAL CAS YOUNG MUSICIANS COMPETITION in 

HIS PROFESSIONAL DEBUT  

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Annual Holiday Pops Concert, kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, November 30 at 2 pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA; Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 1 at 2 pm at Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA with a joyful program of music from  Anderson, Bach, Herbert, Tchaikovsky and many others. The 2019 Holiday Pops concert led by CAS Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa features the return of the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts; the Ipswich High School Bel Canto Select Woman’s Chorus and the Manchester-Essex Regional High School Select Chorus; as well as the CAS debut of cellist Jake Copp the winner of the first annual Cape Ann Symphony Young Musicians Competition.

The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus and Orchestra are joined by the Ipswich High School Bel Canto Select Woman’s Chorus on Saturday, November 30 at 2 pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA; and joined by the Manchester-Essex Regional High School Select Chorus on Sunday, December 1 at 2 pm at Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. The student choruses will perform Handel’s Hallelujah and Holcomb’s Festive Sounds of Hanukkah with the CAS Chorus and Orchestra. Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa is looking forward to this year’s Holiday Pops Concert, ““ The musicians of the orchestra and I always thrilled to perform the Holiday Pops concerts. We love sharing the stage with our wonderful chorus, as well as the student choruses from both Ipswich and Manchester. This year  we are especially excited to introduce our audience to young Jake Copp, the winner of the CAS’ first ever Young Musicians Competition.”

A holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops Concerts regularly sell out. The December 1 Sunday Matinee in Manchester is currently SOLD OUT! There are still tickets available for both Saturday, November 30 concerts. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

The 2019 Holiday Pops program includes Tchaikovsky’s  Selections from The Nutcracker; Anderson’s Christmas Festival , Bach’s Little Fugue in G minor, Rondol’s  Gloria; Herbert’s March of the Toys, Davis/Wright’s Carol of the Drum, Custer’s Winter Wonderland, Rutter’s What Sweeter Music, Handel’s Hallelujah and Holcomb’s Festive Sounds of Hanukkah

CAS Young Musicians Competition winner 16 year old cellist Jake Copp makes his professional debut at the Holiday Pops. He performs Saint-Saëns Allegro Appassionato for Solo Cello and Orchestra at all 3 Holiday Pops Concert on November 30 and December 1 with the professional musician of the CAS orchestra. Mr. Copp is a student of CAS cellist Dorothy Braker. Maestro Udagawa is eager to introduce the first ever competition winner to CAS audiences,” We had some terrific young candidates, and it was a difficult choice. But I know everyone will really enjoy Jake’s passionate playing. We are thrilled to be presenting such an accomplished young talent. And extremely grateful to Dr. Ed and Mrs. Ann Marsh for their generosity which made this competition possible.”

The Cape Ann Symphony launched The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus at the 2005 Holiday POPS Concert. The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus is a chorale with over 75 voices from the North Shore area. The group performed with the Cape Ann Symphony at Holiday POPS Concerts in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2013, 2014. 2015, 2016. 2017 and 2018. The 75 plus member chorale under the direction of Wendy Betts is comprised mostly of North Shore residents, the majority of which live on Cape Ann. According to Betts, “It is such a pleasure to work with the singers in our CAS Chorus! They work hard, are disciplined in their music tasks, and put out a lovely choral sound. But best of all, they truly enjoy one another, which is what choral singing is all about! Making music TOGETHER! And this year we are looking forward to again singing with the young people from Ipswich High School and Manchester-Essex Regional High School.

A voice teacher and choral director, Ms. Betts is the Organist/Director of Music Arts as well the Director of handchime and newly formed handbell ensembles at Our Savior

Lutheran Church in Topsfield. In October 2017, to celebrate 500 years of the Protestant Reformation, Wendy directed a Bach choir of over 50 voices of North Shore choral singers, performing portions of Bach’s cantata #80 Ein feste burg ist unser Gott with trumpet, organ, piano, and percussion, as well as incorporating area soloists and ensembles in singing several of Bach’s beautiful arias and magnificent chorales. Ms. Betts has an independent voice studio and teaches piano and voice as well as leading seminars with area vocalists and choral groups and sharing music ministry with church and studio choirs in North of Boston rehabilitation centers. She is also the Founder and Director of Share the Music, a group of 20-plus singers who present favorites from the American Songbook each March. Ms. Betts’ vocal performances include several Victorian Parlor Concerts and two Emily Dickinson programs. Ms. Betts presently serves as Music Chairman for the Women’s Council of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Wenham, MA.

Founded in Gloucester in 1951, the Cape Ann Symphony is a professional orchestra of over 70 players from throughout the New England area. They perform a subscription season of four concerts per year plus several Pops and youth concerts. The Symphony Board of Directors named Yoichi Udagawa the Music Director and Conductor of the Cape Ann Symphony in the summer of 2000 after a yearlong search. In addition to his leadership of Cape Ann Symphony, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and a cover conductor at the Boston Pops Orchestra. Frequently invited to guest conduct, Mr. Udagawa has worked with many different orchestras including the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Nobeoka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Indian Hill Symphony, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Brown University Orchestra, the Syracuse Society for New Music, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the Austin Civic Orchestra, and the Mid-Texas Symphony. Mr. Udagawa is at home in popular and contemporary music as well as the standard symphonic repertoire. He is known for his relaxed manner and ability to speak from the podium which has helped new audiences as well as enthusiasts gain a greater appreciation for symphonic music. His programs often include premieres of new works – some specially commissioned for the orchestra — as well as great orchestral works across the symphonic repertoire and lively Pops programs. He is also an integral part of the Cape Ann Symphony Youth Outreach programs to area schools.

Cape Ann Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert is Saturday, November 30 at 2 pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA; Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 pm and a SOLD OUT concert on Sunday, December 1 at 2 pm at Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Single ticket prices are $43 for adults, $38 for senior citizens, $15 for Students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY THE 68th SEASON AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A YOUNG MUSICIAN TO PLAY IN THE ORCHESTRA

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY 2019/2020

The 68th Season:

Celebrating Maestro Yoichi Udagawa’s 20th Season as Conductor & Music Director

&

INTRODUCING CAPE ANN SYMPHONY’S

YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the opening of the orchestra’s 68th concert season as well as Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa’s 20th season leading the orchestra. Under Udagawa’s leadership the orchestra has transitioned to a fully professional year round orchestra, expanded from one concert venue to two: Manchester and Ipswich; increased its traditional five performances per season to eight performances; welcomed an impressive slate of acclaimed guest artists; premiered a new chamber music series, Musicians Unleashed, and this season launched a Young Musicians’ Competition to give a young music student on the North Shore the opportunity to play with CAS and work with Conductor Udagawa.

The Cape Ann Symphony Young Musicians’ Competition is open to young music students of orchestral instruments in grades 6-12 on the North Shore. Players of orchestral instruments other than piano are encouraged to submit a video audition. The winner of the competition will be invited to perform with the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa, at the Cape Ann Symphony’s Holiday Pops concert on November 30th at 7:30 in Manchester-by-the-Sea as well as receive a scholarship from CAS to support their music education. Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Udagawa is excited to introduce the competition this year and mentor the next generation of musicians, “Made possible by the generosity of Dr. Ed and Mrs. Ann Marsh, we are having our first Young Musicians’ Competition this year, and the winner will be featured at our Holiday Pops concert. The amazing level of music talent of young people today is inspiring and makes all of us very optimistic about the future. Never have so many young musicians played at such a high level – and we are really looking forward to performing with the winner.” CAS Board President Fran White echoes Udagawa’s excitement, “Cape Ann Symphony continues to grow! This year for the first time we will sponsor a youth competition and are reaching out to the talented students throughout the North Shore to give them the chance to work with Maestro Yoichi Udagawa and perform with the orchestra.  I want to thank Dr. and Mrs. Marsh for their generous contribution that has allowed us to introduce this program and expand our outreach.” The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2019. For details on submission guidelines, visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

BSO Musicians
Photo: Marco Borggreve

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

2019/2020 CONCERT SEASON

CLASSICS AND THE MOVIES

Performances:

Saturday, September 28, 2019: 7:30 PM: Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Sunday, September 29, 2019: 2:00 PM: Dolan Performing Arts Center, Ipswich High School, Ipswich, MA

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off the 68th season with Classics and The Movies inManchester and Ipswich.Theseason opening concert celebrates classic compositions used in movies as well as contemporary classics created for Hollywood. The program includes Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyries which was usedin Francis Ford Coppola’sAcademy Award winning film:Apocalypse Now; Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije; Rozsa’s Ben Hur Suite; Korngold’s Robin Hood Suite; and John Williams’ Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind and Star Wars.

HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT

Performances:

Saturday, November 30, 2019: 2:00 PM Dolan Performing Arts Center, Ipswich High School. Ipswich,MA

Saturday, November 30, 2019: 7:30 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Sunday, December 1, 2019: 2:00 PM: Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

TheHoliday Pops Concert, Cape Ann Symphony’s joyful holiday tradition, features a program of holiday favorites from Bach, Anderson, Herbert, Rutter, Handel, Tchaikovsky and others. The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts joins the orchestra for this exciting celebration of holiday music including the annual audience sing-along. The Manchester concert at 7:30 pm on November 30 will feature the Winner of CAS’s inaugural Young Musicians’ Competition performing with the Orchestra.

Sunday, December 1, 2019: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex 

Sunday, December 1, 2019: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex 

TheHoliday Pops Concert, Cape Ann Symphony’s joyf

MOZART, HAYDN, BRAHMS & LEWIN

Performance: Sunday, March 22, 2020: 2:00 PMManchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Mozart, Haydn, Brahms & Lewin features legendary composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms and guest artist Grammy winning virtuoso pianist Michael Lewin. The internationally acclaimed pianist has played in over 30 countries and commands a repertoire of over 40 piano concertos. Mr. Lewin joins CAS to play Brahms’ powerful Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert also includes Mozart’s joyous Overture to the Marriage of Figaro Overture and Haydn’s delightfulSymphony No. 1 “Clock.”

BRAHMS, DVORAK & DEJARDIN

Performance: Saturday, May 16, 2020 7:30 PMManchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Performance: Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:00 PMDolan Performing Arts Center, Ipswich High School. Ipswich,MA

Cape Ann Symphony welcomes back Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal cellist Blaise Déjardin to play Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. Déjardin made his CAS debut in March 2017 with his acclaimed performance of Saint-Saens’ elegant Cello Concerto.The orchestra revisits Johannes Brahms work in the May concert with his stirring Symphony No. 1, a piece which he struggled with for 14 year to complete.

SINGLE TICKET PRICES FOR CONCERTS

Adult/$43.00

Senior Citizens/$38.00

Students (of any age)/$15.00

Youth (Age 12 and Under)/$5.00

Season Subscriptions are Available.

For Information call 978-281-0543 or Visit www.capeannsymphony.org

Photo 1: Maestro Yoichi Udagawa Photo by Jeph Ellis
Photo 2: Michael Lewin, Pianist, March 2020 Guest Artist
Photo 3: Blaise Dejardin, Cellist, May 2020 Guest Artist

BSO GUEST ARTISTS AND HOLLYWOOD COMPOSER SET FOR CAPE ANN SYMPHONY SEASON FINALE

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 67th  SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY‘S FINAL CONCERT OF THE EXPANDED 67thSEASON FEATURES

BSO GUEST ARTISTS: LUCIA LIN & OWEN YOUNG

&

HOLLYWOOD COMPOSER MIKLOS ROZSA

Cape Ann Symphony finishes the orchestra’s 67th Concert Season on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA and on Sunday, May 19 at 2 pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA with From the New World and Beyond featuring BSO violinist Lucia Lin and BSO cellist Owen Young, and composers Miklos Rozsa and Antonin Dvorak. Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor  Yoichi Udagwa looks forward to this exciting program, “We are closing our 67th Season with Antonin Dvorak’s ever popularNew World Symphony and two works by Miklós Rózsa – the Parade of the Charioteers from the Academy Award winning score for the acclaimed major motion picture Ben Hur and Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. Violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young will be the soloists. Rózsa’s Sinfonia Concertante is an incredible work of virtuosity for the soloists and orchestra alike, and it is full of gorgeous melodies and fascinating harmonies. As it’s probably not familiar, we will introduce the music with some short examples/explanations. I know our audiences will love this music!”

In 1931 the then unknown composer Miklós Rózsa and his friend the esteemed Swiss composer Arthur Honegger presented an evening of chamber music in Paris, France, Honegger’s birthplace and home for most of his life. They played Rózsa’s Sonata for Two Violins and Honegger’s Sonata for Two Violins and some of Rózsa’s piano pieces. The evening was a great success with the audience. However, when Honegger said they earned $15; Rózsa declared, “Is that all? I am young; nobody knows me in Paris. But you’re a great master. How do you make a living?” Honeger replied: “I write film music.” Honegger composed over 23 film soundtracks during his career. Soon after that concert, Rózsa moved to Hollywood, and went on to produce scores for 96 films. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score seventeen times and won the coveted award three times: 1946 for Spellbound, 1948 for ADouble Life and 1960 for Ben Hur. CAS Conductor Udagawa points out,” The orchestra will play The Parade of the Charioteers from the Ben Hur score. Many CAS audience members will recognize this iconic music from the hit film. It will be tremendously exciting to play such a majestic piece live for CAS audiences.”

Rózsa’s first major classical success was his Theme, Variations, and Finale, Op. 13, for orchestra which was premiered in Duisburg, Germany, in 1934. It was performed in Europe by Charles Munch, Karl Böhm, Bruno Walter and Hans Swarowsky, and in America by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Hans Lange and the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein. One of Rózsa’s most renowned concert scores is his Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello and Orchestra , the piece which Cape Ann Symphony will play with guest artists violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young.

Lucia Lin made her debut performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11. Since then, she has been a prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She has performed many solo recitals for the Cape Ann Symphony and throughout the U.S., making her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in March 1991, and has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. Ms. Lin is a member of the Muir String Quartet, the quartet in residence at Boston University. She is also a founding member of the Boston Trio and the chamber group Innuendo. Ms. Lin joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1985 and served as assistant concertmaster from 1988 to 1991 and 1996 to 98.

Cellist Owen Young joined the BSO in August 1991. He is a frequent collaborator in chamber music concerts and festivals; he has also appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras. One of the Cape Ann Symphony’s regular soloists, he also has appeared in the Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Davos, Sunflower, Gateway, Brevard, and St. Barth’s music festivals and is a founding member of the innovative chamber ensemble Innuendo. He has performed frequently with singer/songwriter James Taylor, including the nationally televised concert “James Taylor Live at the Beacon Theatre” in New York City. Mr. Young was formerly on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory Extension Division, and the Longy School of Music; is currently on the faculty of Berklee College of Music; and is active in Project STEP (String Training and Education Program for students of color)

Founded in Gloucester in 1951, the Cape Ann Symphony is a professional orchestra of over 70 players from throughout the New England area. They perform a subscription season of four concerts per year plus several Pops and youth concerts. The Symphony Board of Directors named Yoichi Udagawa the Music Director and Conductor of the Cape Ann Symphony in the summer of 2000 after a yearlong search. In addition to his leadership of Cape Ann Symphony, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and a cover conductor at the Boston Pops Orchestra. Maestro Udagawa is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory where he teaches conducting. Frequently invited to guest conduct, Maestro Udagawa has worked with many different orchestras including the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Nobeoka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Indian Hill Symphony, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Brown University Orchestra, the Syracuse Society for New Music, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the Austin Civic Orchestra, and the Mid-Texas Symphony. Maestro Udagawa is at home in popular and contemporary music as well as the standard symphonic repertoire. He is known for his relaxed manner and ability to speak from the podium which has helped new audiences as well as enthusiasts gain a greater appreciation for symphonic music. His programs often include premieres of new works – some specially commissioned for the orchestra — as well as great orchestral works across the symphonic repertoire and lively Pops programs. He is also an integral part of the Cape Ann Symphony Youth Initiative.

Yoichi Udagawa, the son of a nuclear physicist father and singer/artist mother, was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1964. His family immigrated to the United States soon thereafter. He began playing the violin at age four and made his conducting debut at age fifteen. After receiving a music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, he continued advanced studies in conducting with Gunther Schuller, Seiji Ozawa, Morihiro Okabe, and Henry Charles Smith. A fan of many different styles of music, Mr. Udagawa also enjoys performing gospel music in addition to his conducting activities. He is also an accomplished violinist and an avid fan of exercise and yoga.

Cape Ann Symphony’s From the New World and Beyond is Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA and  Sunday, May 19  at 2 pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA. Pre-Concert Lectures begin 30 minutes prior to the start of each concert.  Single ticket prices are $43 for adults, $38 for senior citizens, $15 for students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org

Photos:
Cape Ann Symphony Guest Artists
Lucia Lin, Violin
Owen Young , Cello
Courtesy photos

Cape Ann Symphony Features Bradshaw, Beethoven, Mozart & Bass in March Concert

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 67th  SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY CONTINUES 67th SEASON WITH

BRADSHAW, BEETHOVEN, MOZART&BASS

in

MANCHESTER

Cape Ann Symphony continues the orchestra’s 67th Concert Season on Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA with Bradshaw, Beethoven, Mozart & Bass featuring Gloucester-based composer Robert J. Bradshaw’s Norman’s Woe and the CAS debut of guest artist pianist Jonathan Bass playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. Bradshaw’s Norman’s Woe is inspired by the well-known Cape Ann Reef, immortalized inLongfellow’s poem Wreck of the Hesperus. Renowned virtuoso piano soloist Jonathan Bass gave his New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall as the first-prize winner of the 1993 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition. He appears frequently throughout the United States including with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, China, Japan, Israel, Poland, Spain and Russia. The concert program also includes the orchestra playing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

 

Photos: Bass, Bradshaw, Udagawa in CAS March Concert
Photo 1: Guest Artist, Pianist Jonathan Bass.  Courtesy Photo
Photo 2: Composer, Gloucester’s Robert J. Bradshaw. Courtesy Photo
Photo 3: Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa . Photo: Jeph Ellis

Cape Ann Symphony Annual Meeting 2019

Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Notice of Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm.

Gloucester House Restaurant

63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, INC HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING.

 

The Annual Meeting of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc. will be held at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA, on Wednesday, January 16, 2018, at 8:00pm. The purpose of this meeting is to hear reports of the past year’s activity by the Music Director, President, Treasurer, Manager and Board Officers. The meeting is also convened to elect Directors and Officers for the period from January 18, 2019 through January 19, 2020. The meeting will be preceded by a cocktail reception at 6:30pm (cash bar) and buffet dinner ($45/per person) at 7:00 pm. There will be musical entertainment throughout the evening.  It is not necessary to attend the reception in order to attend the Annual Meeting. For tickets or further information please contact Cape Ann Symphony via phone: 978-281-0543 or website: www.capeannsymphony.org.

Cape Ann Symphony Opens Expanded Season with Bernstein and Prokofiev in TWO Venues

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 67th  SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY LAUNCHES EXPANDED CONCERT SEASON WITHTHE MUSIC OF

BERNSTEIN & PROKOFIEV:

THE AGONY AND ECSTASY OF LOVE

Cape Ann Symphony opens the orchestra’s 67th Concert Season on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA and on  Sunday, September 23 at 2 pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA with Bernstein and Prokofiev: The Agony and Ecstasy of Love, a romance filled program featuring a celebration of revered American composer Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial with his Candide Overture and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story as well as European composer Prokofiev’s soaring romantic interpretation of Romeo and Juliet with his Romeo and Juliet Suite. The season opening concert with performances in two venues marks the non-profit orchestra’s first major expansion in the organization’s history. The orchestra will now present a full season of concerts including a Youth Initiativeconcert in February at both the Manchester and Ipswich performance venues. The 67th concert season also introduces the CAS’s inaugural Conducting Fellow Ipswich’s Michael Coelho who will lead Pre-Concert Lectures 30 minutes prior to the start of each concert during the season. According to Cape Ann Symphony Board President Fran White, “Our 67th expanded season is very exciting.  We have added a new pre-concert lecture which we hope is another way to offer more to our audiences. Our newly implemented conducting fellow, Michael Coehlo brings another dimension to the planned season! We know this season will prove to be very special!”

CAS Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa shares his thoughts on the upcoming concert, “We are opening the 67th Season of the Cape Ann Symphony with a program of incredibly romantic music by the Massachusetts born Leonard Bernstein who was born 100 years ago on August 25th, 1918, and the great Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, The pieces share the common theme of love, and the musical selections are all incredibly romantic and gorgeous. The orchestra and I are really looking forward to rehearsing and performing this music for our fabulous audiences. “

Leonard Bernstein was a Massachusetts boy. Born in 1918 in Lawrence, he spent summers in Sharon, and attended Boston Latin before completing his BA at Harvard University. Though he later moved to Philadelphia (to attend the Curtis Institute) and then to New York, he remained connected to the area – studying conducting at Tanglewood and frequently leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He holds the distinction of being the first American Music Director of a major orchestra – the NY Philharmonic. Musically, he was a jack of all trades: a brilliant pianist, much sought-after conductor, a critic and lecturer on the arts, and of course, a prolific composer of music in many styles.

 

Once West Side Story opened in 1957 it not only became an instant classic (732 performances on Broadway, a highly successful tour, and an award-winning film version) but this classically orchestrated “opera” with leitmotifs and mambos defined musical theater as a uniquely American genre where popular and classical music could combine to tell all sorts of stories and explore thorny personal and societal problems. Jerome Robbins’ choreography was as groundbreaking as Bernstein’s music or Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics. It was very athletically demanding, with movement that crossed ballet, modern dance, and body-mime, highly choreographed fight scenes, and–of course–lots of Latin dancing.With a much richer orchestration than a Broadway pit can allow for, Symphonic Dances fromWest Side Story includes some of these spectacular dance moments and follows the dramatic arc of the musical. “The Symphonic Dances from West Side Story is composed of music from nine sections of the famous Broadway musical arranged in a symphonic fashion,” points out CAS Conductor and Music Director Udagawa, “In other words, the music is not necessarily in order of the plot of the story, but arranged so that it has a musical logic. Some of the most popular numbers in the piece are the Mambo,Somewhere and the Rumble. The  piece captures the full glory of Bernstein’s West Side Story and is a real tour-de-force for the orchestra!”.

The overture to Bernstein’s comic operetta Candide is one of his most popular and widely performed orchestral works. According to CAS Conductor and Music Director Udagawa, “The melodies are bright and clear and the whole piece is marked by energy and lightness. For those people who remember the Dick Cavett show on PBS,” adds Udagawa, “the music from the coda of this piece was the opening music for this popular show.

Prokofiev’s music for Romeo and Juliet was originally written in 1935 to accompany a ballet production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  Prokofiev created three orchestral suites and CAS will perform selections from two of the suites including: Suite No. 1: Masks; Balcony Scene and Love Dance; and Death of Tybalt and Suite No. 2: The Montagues and Capulets; and Juliet. Udgawa explains “Prokofiev really outdid himself in this music. It is one of his most often performed pieces and is full of color, passion, humor, love and loss.”

Founded in Gloucester in 1951, the Cape Ann Symphony is a professional orchestra of over 70 players from throughout the New England area. They perform a subscription season of four concerts per year plus several Pops and youth concerts. The Symphony Board of Directors named Yoichi Udagawa the Music Director and Conductor of the Cape Ann Symphony in the summer of 2000 after a yearlong search. In addition to his leadership of Cape Ann Symphony, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and a cover conductor at the Boston Pops Orchestra. Maestro Udagawa is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory where he teaches conducting. Frequently invited to guest conduct, Maestro Udagawa has worked with many different orchestras including the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Nobeoka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Indian Hill Symphony, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Brown University Orchestra, the Syracuse Society for New Music, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the Austin Civic Orchestra, and the Mid-Texas Symphony. Maestro Udagawa is at home in popular and contemporary music as well as the standard symphonic repertoire. He is known for his relaxed manner and ability to speak from the podium which has helped new audiences as well as enthusiasts gain a greater appreciation for symphonic music. His programs often include premieres of new works – some specially commissioned for the orchestra — as well as great orchestral works across the symphonic repertoire and lively Pops programs. He is also an integral part of the Cape Ann Symphony Youth Initiative.

Yoichi Udagawa, the son of a nuclear physicist father and singer/artist mother, was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1964. His family immigrated to the United States soon thereafter. He began playing the violin at age four and made his conducting debut at age fifteen. After receiving a music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, he continued advanced studies in conducting with Gunther Schuller, Seiji Ozawa, Morihiro Okabe, and Henry Charles Smith. A fan of many different styles of music, Mr. Udagawa also enjoys performing gospel music in addition to his conducting activities. He is also an accomplished violinist and an avid fan of exercise and yoga.

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Bernstein and Prokofiev: The Agony and Ecstasy of Love, is Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA and on  Sunday, September 23 at 2 pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA. Pre-Concert Lectures begin 30 minutes prior to the start of each concert. Single ticket prices are $43 for adults, $38 for senior citizens, $15 for students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org

ORCHESTRAL OPERA GEMSFROM THE CAPE ANN SYMPHONY: Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Weber, Tchaikovsky, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 66th  SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY CLOSES THE 66th SEASON ON

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

An Evening of Passionate Orchestral Music

From the World of Opera :

ORCHESTRAL OPERA GEMS

Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Weber, Tchaikovsky, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli

Orchestral Opera Gems close the Cape Ann Symphony’s 66th Concert Season on Saturday, May 19 at 8 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. A romantic and moving program, Orchestral Opera Gems features orchestral masterpieces from renown and beloved operas by Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli, Weber, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visitwww.capeannsymphony.org.

Famed composers Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli, Weber, Tchaikovsky, andBizet take center stage for the CAS Orchestral Opera Gems Concert on May 19. Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa points out, “Some of the most passionate and emotional music written for the orchestra comes from the world of opera. The stories of love, jealously, loss, longing and romance were captured in music by great composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Bizet and Wagner. Many of these operas feature interludes of incredible symphonic music, and we’ve selected some favorites for the May concert.” The Orchestral Opera Gems program includes Leoncavallo’s Intermezzo from I Pagliacci; Tchaikovsky’s  Polonaisefrom Onegin; Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana; Puccini’s  Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut; Ponchielli’s  Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda ; Verdi’s Prelude to Act 3 from  La Traviata; Bizet’s  Carmen Suite No. 1; Weber’s Overture to Oberon; and Wagner’s  Meistersinger  Overture  and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmenrung. Udagawa adds, “Make sure you come to this very romantic concert with someone you’re madly in love with.”

 In July of 1888 Mascagni entered a competition in Milan open to all young Italian composers who had not yet had an opera performed on stage. One-act operas would be judged by a jury and the three best operas would be staged in Rome. Mascagni chose Cavalleria Rusticana, a popular short story and play and in two months, he composed the opera. Among the 73 operas submitted,Cavalleria Rusticana was chosen as one of

the three to be produced. The opera premiered to huge success on May 19, 1890 with  Mascagni taking 40 curtain calls.

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CAPE ANN SYMPHONY PRESENTS ORCHESTRAL OPERA GEMS ON SATURDAY, MAY 19

THE 66h  SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY PRESENTS

ORCHESTRAL OPERA GEMS

ON SATURDAY, MAY 19

Passionate Works from the World of Opera  by Composers:

Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Weber, Tchaikovsky, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli,

Close 66th Concert Season

Cape Ann Symphony wraps up the orchestra’s 66th Concert Season on Saturday, May 19 at 8 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA with Orchestral Opera Gems, a program featuring romantic and stirring works from the world of opera. Cape Ann Symphony celebrates orchestral masterpieces from renown and beloved operas byWagner, Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli, Weber, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet. Accordingto Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa, “The May concert features some of the most passionate and incredible music written for orchestra from the world of opera. It’s gorgeous music, and the musicians of the orchestra and I can’t wait to present it to our audiences!” The May concert program includes Leoncavallo’s  Intermezzo from I Pagliacci; Tchaikovsky’s  Polonaise fromOnegin; Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana; Puccini’s  Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut; Ponchielli’s  Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda ; Verdi’s Prelude to Act 3 from La Traviata; Bizet’s  Carmen Suite No. 1; Weber’s Overture to Oberon; and Wagner’s Meistersinger  Overture  and  Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmenrung. Cape Ann Symphony presents Orchestral Opera Gems on Saturday, May 19 at 8 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

Photos by Jeph Ellis

 

Cape Ann Symphony: Belle Musique Francais

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY CONTINUES 66th SEASONBELLE MUSIQUE FRANCAIS

An Afternoon of French Symphonic Miniatures Featuring

World Renowned Harpist Ina Zdorovetchi on Sunday, March 25

Cape Ann Symphony continues the orchestra’s 66th Concert Season on Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA with the Belle Musique Francais Concert , a sparkling program featuring a selection of French symphonic miniatures by Faure, Ravel, Bizet, and Debussy. Guest Artist harpist Ina Zdorovetchi joins the orchestra for Debussy’s Danse Sacree et Profane and Ravel’sIntroduction and Allegro. The program also includes Faure’s Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants (Petite Suite). Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa calls the program, “an outstanding concert  featuring an all star line up of the greatest French composers of all time.” “The addition of the brilliant harpist Ina Zdorovetchi,” adds Udagawa, “will make the music soar!” Ina Zdorovetchi has established a reputation as one of the leading harpists of her generation. Active as a soloist, recitalist and recording artist, she has been featured at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Rockport Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, WGBH Radio Boston, the symphony orchestras of Jerusalem andHaifa, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Moldova National Radio Orchestra, Moldova National Philharmonic, the chamber orchestras of Seattle, Boston University, Bucharest University, and the Republic of Moldova. As an orchestral musician Zdorovetchi is Principal Harpist of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Boston Lyric Opera.. Zdorovetchi makes her Cape Ann Symphony debut in the Belle Musique Francais Concert on Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visitwww.capeannsymphony.org.

 

Approaching Winter Storm Postpones CAS Annual Meeting from Wednesday, January 17 to  Wednesday, January 24

Approaching Winter Storm Postpones CAS Annual Meeting from Wednesday, January 17 to  Wednesday, January 24

Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Notice of Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Gloucester House Restaurant

63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, INC.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

 

Cape Ann Symphony Board President Thomas Mannle announced the Annual Meeting of Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc originally scheduled forWednesday, January 17 has been postponed because of the approaching winter storm. The new date for the Annual Meeting of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc. will be  Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 7:30pm at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA. The meeting will be preceded by a cocktail reception at 6:30pm. ($36. per person/ cash bar). It is not necessary to attend the reception in order to attend the Annual Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to hear reports of the past year’s activity by the Music Director, Treasurer, President, and Manager. The meeting is also convened to elect Directors and Officers for the period from January 20, 2017 through January 19, 2018. For information please contact David Benjamin, Business Manager,978-281-0543.

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY THE HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 66th SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

THE HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Tradition Returns on

November 25 and November 26

The Cape Ann Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops Concert, the exciting annual celebration of holiday music favorites, kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, November 25 at 8 pm & Sunday, November 26 at 2 pm. This joyful Cape Ann Symphony holiday tradition features a program of holiday favorites by Leroy Anderson, Vaughn Williams, Delius, Leontovich, Pierpont and Mozart as well as the annual audience sing along. The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts, joins the orchestra, under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa, toperform a selection of songs of the season. According to Conductor Udagawa, “This program is a celebration of the holiday season for the whole family. It’s a fabulous, joyful way to start the holiday festivities. We typically sell out these concerts, so we urge people to buy their tickets now!” The Cape Ann Symphony concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Single ticket prices are $43 for adults, $38 for senior citizens, $15 for Students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visitwww.capeannsymphony.org.

Cape Ann Symphony Celebrates Successful 65th Concert Season At Innovation House in Magnolia

Cape Ann Symphony Celebrates Successful 65th Concert Season

The Board of Directors of the Cape Ann Symphony hosted a pre-concert reception at Innovation House in Magnolia, MA  to celebratethe conclusion of the orchestra’s highly successful 65th season of concerts. According to Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor, Yoichi Udagawa, ” The 65th season was a resounding success! The musicians and I were so eager to share all the wonderful music with our audiences and the fabulous CAS audiences responded – All of the concerts in the 65th season were sold out! Bravo!”  Invited guests at the season ending celebration included major donors, diplomats representing Scandinavian countries, and members of Cape Ann’s Scandinavian community in recognition of the theme of thefinal concert of the 65th season: “Scandinavian Spectacular,” featuring works by Sibelius, Nielsen and Grieg. A proclamation from Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken designating the day of the concert, Scandinavian Heritage Day, was read to the crowd of overfifty people, along with similar proclamations from the other Cape Ann municipalities. Congratulatory notes from the consul generals of Norway and Finland were also shared with the reception guests.  Next season, the Symphony’s 66th, opens with a program called “Russian Fireworks” with two performances: Saturday, September 23 at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium and Sunday, September 24 in the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School.

All Photos Jeph Ellis

Scandinavian Spectacular Set for Cape Ann Symphony

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 65th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

SCANDINAVIAN SPECTACULAR

CLOSES CAPE ANN SYMPHONY65th SEASON On

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

Concert Features CAS Debut of RemarkableBlind Pianist

Yoo Jin Noh

Cape Ann Symphony wraps up the orchestra’s 65th Anniversary Concert Season on Saturday, May 20 at 8 pm with a Scandinavian Spectacular featuring stirring music from Scandinavian composers Carl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius and Edvard Greig and the CAS debut ofextraordinary  blind pianist Yoo Jin Noh at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. The Scandinavian Spectacular concert program features Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1;Sibelius’ Finlandia and piano phenom Yoo Jin Noh performingGreig’s gorgeous Piano Concerto. Maestro Udagawa is eager to bring the young soloist to Cape Ann, “Rockport Music’s David Deveau first introduced me to Yoo Jin Noh and I was so impressed with her ability. There is an incredible amount of musical talent in the Greater Boston area. All you have to do is hear some one like pianist Yoo Jin Noh to know that is true. We are looking forward to presenting this unique  talent to CAS audiences.” Ticket prices for the Cape Ann Symphony Scandinavian Spectacular concert are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens and $5 for Youth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

Pictured: Guest Soloist Pianist Yoo Jin Noh

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Scenes and sounds from Cape Ann Symphony 65th Anniversary season Romantic Masters concert

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We were told that yesterday’s Cape Ann Symphony’s 65th Anniversary Season concert “Romantic Masters” was the orchestra’s most sold out March concert, ever. Great job, Heidi Dallin, on promotion!

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My son spotted Heidi’s name in the playbill and Yellow Sub, along with many other local names and arts supporters. It takes a village.

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By the way– kids tickets are $5 at these concerts. Area schools benefit from Cape Ann Symphony performance outreach.

Cape Ann Symphony’s next concert is: SCANDINAVIAN SPECTACULAR Saturday, March 20, 2017 8PM

Before setting off into the next piece, Musical Director & Conductor Yoichi Udagawa breaks down a mini music lesson excerpt with the orchestra. He has a signature foot lift when he conducts.

 

Here’s a snippet of glorious music. Can you name that tune?

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BOSTON SYMPHONY CELLIST MAKES CAPE ANN SYMPHONY DEBUT IN ROMANTIC MASTERS CONCERT ON MARCH 26

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 65th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

 

BOSTON SYMPHONY CELLIST MAKES

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY DEBUT IN

ROMANTIC MASTERS CONCERT ON MARCH 26

BSO Cellist Blaise Déjardin Performs Saint-Säens Cello Concerto

 

Cape Ann Symphony’s 65th Concert Season continues on Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm with the Romantic Masters Concert featuring the CAS debut of Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Blaise Déjardin at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. TheRomantic Masters Concert brings to life the humor of Rossini withLa Scala di Seta, the power of Dvorak with Symphony No. 8 and the elegance of Saint-Säens Cello Concerto with BSO cellist BlaiseDéjardin, while celebrating the richness and beauty of great music from the Romantic Era.

 

According to Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa, “The Romantic Masters program for March 26thfeatures the music of Rossini, Saint-Säens and Dvorak. The Rossini is energetic and fun-full of high spirits. The Saint-Säens is work of perfect proportion and balance. Virtuoso BSO cellist Blaise Déjardin will be the soloist. He is an amazing musician, and it is his first appearance with the Cape Ann Symphony. We are very excited to be working with him. The Dvorak Symphony No. 8 has one gorgeous melody followed by another and then another and then another! During the concert, we will take a few minutes to show the audience some incredibly intricate and beautiful details that are in the music, in the hope that it will add to their appreciation and understanding of the music.”

Born in Strasbourg, France, cellist Blaise Déjardin made his orchestradebut at age fourteen, performing Haydn’s C Major Concerto at the Corum of Montpellier, France. He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, as well as a founding member of A Far Cry. A dedicated chamber musician, he spent two summers at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists prior to joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2008. That same year, he gave the US premiere of Les formes du ventfor cello solo by French composer Edith Canat de Chizy. Continue reading “BOSTON SYMPHONY CELLIST MAKES CAPE ANN SYMPHONY DEBUT IN ROMANTIC MASTERS CONCERT ON MARCH 26”

ROMANTIC MASTERS COME TO CAPE ANN SYMPHONY ON SUNDAY, MARCH 26

Concert Features Composers: Dvorak, Rossini Saint-Saens &

World Renown Cellist Blaise Dejardin

 Cape Ann Symphony continues the orchestra’s 65th AnniversaryConcert Season on Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm with Romantic Masters featuring the richness, beauty and power of music from the Romantic Era and the CAS debut of Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Blaise Dejardin at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. The concert program features Rossini’s La Scala di Seta, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 and internationallyacclaimed cellist Blaise Dejardin performing the elegant Saint-Saens’Cello Concerto. Ticket prices for the Cape Ann Symphony RomanticMasters Concert are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens and $5 forYouth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

BSO Musicians
Photo: Marco Borggreve

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY HOLIDAY POPS

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THE 65th SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

 

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY HOLIDAY POPS

Featuring

The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus

In A Festive Musical Celebration

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Annual Holiday Pops Concert, kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, November 26 at 8 pm & Sunday, November 27 at 2 pm. at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops concert features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts performing with the orchestra under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa. The Chorus and Orchestra join together to perform a wide selection of holiday favorites ending the festive concert with the annual audience sing-along. The Cape Ann Symphony concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens and $5 for Youth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org

The 2016 Holiday Pops program includes the orchestra playing Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival, Victor Herbert’s March of the Toys, Selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, Bach’s Little Fugue in g minor and Holcomb’s Festive Sounds of Hanukkah. The chorus joins the orchestra for Oso Shalom,Masters in This Hall, Let There Be Peace on Earth and Handel’sHallelujah Chorus. Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa is especially excited for this year’s Holiday Pops Concert, “The program is a celebration of the holiday season for the whole family. The orchestra will start off with selections by Leroy Anderson, Johann Sebastian Bach, Victor Herbert, Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky. The second half of the concert will include selections with the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus including Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. We always have music to celebrate Hanukkah and finish with our annual audience sing along. The orchestra and I love these concerts, and it’s a fabulous, joyful way to start the holiday festivities. We typically sell out these concerts, so we urge people to buy their tickets now.”

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Great Music this weekend: Lanesville Music Festival , Cape Ann Symphony & more

Saturday is Lanesville Music Festival FREE starting at NOON with a Dance Party from 8:30-11pm featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates — only $10 at the door.  And if you’d prefer classical music to dancing you can go to the Cape Ann Symphony’s Big Night Big Music concert featuring Bernstein, Debussy and Respighi

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Then on Sunday 9/25 from 2-7pm go to The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence feat. Marina Evans, Jon Butcher, Fozzie Hill w/ Wolf Ginandes, Allen Estes, John Raymond Jerome & Fly Amero at Mile Marker One!  Free with donations accepted to support the North Shore Health Project.

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