Heidi Dallin shares holiday cheer from Cape Ann Symphony:
CAPE ANN SYMPHONY
THE 71th SEASON
Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director
CAPE ANN SYMPHONY HOLIDAY POPS
THE CAPE ANN HOLIDAY TRADITION RETURNS
A Festive Musical Celebration to Celebrate the Season for Orchestra and Chorus
in Manchester & Ipswich
- Saturday, November 26, 2022: 2:00 PM in Ipswich
- Saturday, November 26, 2022: 7:30 PM in Manchester
- Sunday, November 27, 2022: 2:00 PM in Manchester
Featuring Cape Ann Symphony Chorus in all Performances &
Ipswich High School Chamber Singers & Bel Canto Treble Chorus in Ipswich Concert Only
The Cape Ann Symphony’s Annual Holiday Pops Concert, returns to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 26 at 2 pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA; Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 27 at 2 pm at Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, . For tickets and information about this Cape Ann Holiday tradition, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org
The 2022 Holiday Pops Concert led by CAS Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts and performing in the Ipswich Concert only, the Ipswich High School Chamber Singers and Bel Canto Treble Chorus under the direction of Abby Frost. “The Holiday Pops is the centerpiece of our season.” points out Cape Ann Symphony Board President Fran White, “We are thrilled to usher in the Holiday season each year with this joyful series of concerts for the whole family. We are grateful for the support of our audience!! Symphonic music is flourishing on Cape Ann because of YOU!!”
Maestro Udagawa has planned a program of holiday favorites including: Anderson’s Christmas Festival and Bugler’s Holiday, Reed’s Greensleeves, Custer’s Chanukah Festive Overture, and Tchaikovsky’s Selections from The Nutcracker. The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus joins the Orchestra for Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s And the Glory to the Lord, Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Hamilton’s Sing Noel, Leavitt’s Ose Shalom, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, and Hayes’ Christmas Bells Are Ringing. The Ipswich High School Chamber Singers and Bel Canto Treble Chorus join the Chorus and Orchestra at the Ipswich Concert for Leavitt’s Ose Shalom, and Hayes’ Christmas Bells Are Ringing. The concerts end with the annual audience Holiday Singalong.
“The Holiday Pops Concerts are always a highlight of the concert season,” says Maestro Udagawa, “The musicians of the Cape Ann Symphony and I are very excited to kick off the holiday season with our loyal audiences. And it is such fun to be joined onstage by the wonderful singers of the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the fabulous direction of Wendy Betts as well as the talented young singers from The Ipswich High School Chamber Singers and Bel Canto Treble Chorus. The concerts are a joyous celebration of the Holiday Season. We can’t wait to make music together and celebrate with you!”
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 53 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, 2018, 2019 and 2021. The 53 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, “The CAS Chorus is so excited to be back on stage with the symphony. 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!”
About Cape Ann Symphony
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 26 at 2 pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA; Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 27 at 2 pm at Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, . Single ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens age 65 and above, $20 for Students of any age with a valid student id; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.
Photo 1: Cape Ann Symphony Chorus Director Rockport’s Wendy Betts Photo Credit David Stotzer
Photos 2 and 3: Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops Concert on stage in Manchester
Photo 4: CAS Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa