Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director




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

Photos by Jeph Ellis


Art Classes with Kathy Roberts

👩‍🎨Adult Summer Painting Workshop

You’ve taken care of everyone else!! Isn’t it time you did something fun for yourself ? Ongoing adult Art Classes in a small group, drawing and watercolor painting for beginners. May and June, 6:00-8:00 pm    (6 week Workshop ) a demonstration at each class, with instructor Kathy Roberts at her studio in East Gloucester. Contact 978-853-7825 or email for more details!

Powerful journalism: Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Univ MT, & NY Times shorebird message soars with supreme digital storytelling

Three years ago (!) almost to the day, Deborah Cramer’s NY Times op ed , “Silent Seashores” was published and her horseshoe crab and Red Knot poetic missive “The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey” advanced a global ecological message to the masses. “I hope I never walk beaches empty of sandpipers and plovers. But it is possible that may happen. In the case of some shorebirds, it is increasingly likely. This is why we must commit the money and muscle needed to give these birds safe harbor. If we do, we just might keep our shores teeming with shorebirds.”  Deborah Cramer is a  visiting scholar at M.I.T., and resides in Gloucester.

April 28, 2018

The New York Times, published another mighty call to arms making use of today’s improved visual storytelling tools. “Shorebirds the world’s greatest travelers, face extinction” is breathtaking and devasting digitial photojournalism about shorebird extinction by John W. Fitzpatrick (Director Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology) and Nathan R. Senner (scientist University of Montana). Stuart A Thompson designed the superb interactive graphic element. The indeliable header pulses with a bird on a wire, a “common snipe” it’s captioned, peering, chest beating, and then a sickening struggle. The bird’s caught, and we’re its snipers. Do. Not. Look. Away.

While you’re checking out this NY Times must read on line, think about Gloucester, Deborah Cramer, and Kim Smith. How one person can and continues to make a difference.  Among many other projects, Smith is leading the effort to protect piping plovers at Good Harbor Beach. Let’s support the laws in place to safeguard the natural world. No dogs year round may be easier to remember. Honor system, volunteers, and enforcement (without “teeth” and more funding) are not working. If compassion, art, rules, and legacy aren’t persuasive, there’s always the bottom line. Natural culture all about us is a strategic resource.

Shorebirds New York Times John Fitzpatrick Nathar Senner
Shorebirds the Word’s Greatest Travelers, Face Extinction 

Serendipity at Seaport Grille

When I know that Seaport Grille is at the end of my long drive from New York, I feel as though I found that legendary pot of gold.  Especially fond of the Seaport Coffee, which I may have mentioned in the past…….  Anyhow, yesterday’s stop at Seaport Grille was improved immensely by the fact that my cousin and her girls were also there for dinner! It so happened that I was led to the next table and there was my cousin! Serendipity in action. I could have been seated elsewhere.  She could have decided to go elsewhere. Instead, we were able to share a great meal. I am very happy to be back home.