Notes about the ūüé∂ | Read More about Cape Ann Symphony incredible set list for May 15th concert

This Sunday, May 15, 2pm Cape Ann Symphony at the Manchester Essex RMHS, 36 Lincoln St. Manchester, MA. tickets available here

Beethoven Coriolan Overture.

Composed to open the play written in 1804 by Joseph von Collin. The music summarizes the plot in which Roman General Gaius Marcius Coriolanus was expelled from Rome, went over to Rome’s enemy Volscian and led their army back to conquer Rome. His mother pleaded with him to not invade and he relented. Thus he became a traitor to both the Romans and the Volscians. Destroyed by himself, he fell on his sword.

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

It took six years riddled with self doubt for Mendelssohn to compose what has become one of the most popular violin concertos of all time. His last concerto, it is filled with new compositional ideas for its time and is considered a must learn concerto for all violin soloists.

Adrian Anantawan.

A graduate of Yale, Harvard, the Curtis Institute of Music and a student of Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, he is an extraordinary and accomplished violinist and musician. We are thrilled to have Adrian Anantawan join us this Sunday to play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. He may not have a right hand, but he delighted an audience two weeks ago at Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center as he demonstrated that it’s what you hear, not what you see, that counts.

Click here to see and hear Adrian Anantawan play the theme from Schindler’s list.

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5.

He declared to his brother that he had come to the conclusion that the fifth Symphony was a failure. He even “feared his imagination had dried up, that he had nothing more to express in music.”

Today the fifth is one of the most popular symphonic works, full of drama and emotion with a gorgeous French horn solo and a thrilling ending which will raise folks out of their seats.

Traditionally, about 30% of attendees wait until the last week prior to a concert to order tickets and other folks simply come on the day of, and hope there will be seats. So far, we are about 25% ahead of expected sales for the upcoming concert this Sunday.

Just to be certain, why not buy your tickets now for the upcoming concert this Sunday, May 15, 2pm?

You don’t want to miss this concert program with our very special violin soloist!

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May 15th concert: Cape ann Symphony Guest Artist Violinist¬†Adrian Anantawan | on the playbill BEETHOVEN, MENDELSSOHN, TCHAIKOVSKY

video caption: “Here is a link to a performance. Anantawan is really spectacular!!” Violinist Adrian Anantawan- YouTube video J.S. Bach: Sonata for Violin Solo No. 2 in A Mino

Heidi Dallin shares a reminder for Cape Ann Symphony May 15th concert:

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 70th SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

BEETHOVEN, MENDELSSOHN, TCHAIKOVSKY & ANANTAWAN

MAY 15, 2022 CONCERT

Featuring Guest Artist Violinist

ADRIAN ANANTAWAN

Performing

MENDELSSOHN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO

Cape Ann Symphony’s 70th Concert Season continues on Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA featuring guest artist violinist Adrian Anantawan performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and CAS performing classic works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Violinist Adrian Anantawan holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Memorable performances include at the White House, the Opening Ceremonies of the Athens and Vancouver Olympic Games and the United Nations. He has played for the late Christopher Reeve, Pope John Paul II, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is also the founder of the Music Inclusion Program, aimed at having children with disabilities learn instrumental music with their typical peers. Throughout the year, Anantawan continues to perform, speak and teach around the world as an advocate for disability and the arts. Single ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $20 for students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org

Cape Ann Symphony Musicians Unleashed: Spring Bouquet April 16

Heidi Dallin shares Spring Bouquet concert details from Cape Ann Symphony:

Cape Ann Symphony Musicians Unleashed Concert Series 

LIVE ON SATURDAY, April 16: SPRING BOUQUET

Featuring works by Boulanger, Beethoven, Franck, Grieg, Mozart and Faure

& An Original Improvisation by Cape Ann Symphony violist Anna Stromer

at Manchester’s¬†Crowell Chapel

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces a Musicians Unleashed Concert, Spring Bouquet at 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at The Crowell Chapel, 3 Rosedale Avenue, Manchester-by-the-Sea.  The ticket price for Spring Bouquet is $40.  Call CAS at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org to purchase tickets.

Five musicians will perform 6 works by 6 composers, plus violist Anna Stromer will perform an original improvisation.

“The¬†Musicians Unleashed program on April 16¬†will¬†give¬†audiences¬†an occasion to see¬†extraordinary¬†CAS musicians playing in an intimate venue.¬†The music in the program really highlights the¬†artistry¬†of these 5¬†musicians. Plus the exciting¬†improvisation¬†from violist Anna Stromer is a once in a lifetime opportunity!¬† This piece has never been played before and will never be played again!¬†Spring Bouquet¬†is a concert not to be missed! “

Maestro Udagawa  

The¬†Spring Bouquet¬†concert program includes works by¬†Lili¬†Boulanger, Ludvig van¬†Beethoven,¬†Cesare¬†Franck, Edvard Greig, Wolfgang A. Mozart, Gabriel Faure and Anna Stromer¬†performed by CAS musicians:¬†Stephanie Stathos, flute;¬†Olga Kradenova, violin;¬†Anna Stromer, viola;¬†Johnny Mok,¬†cello;¬†and¬†Tianhong Yang, piano.¬†Boulanger’s¬†D’un matin de printemps¬†will be played by¬†Stephanie Stathos,¬†flute¬†and¬†Tianhong Yang, piano; Beethoven’s¬†Spring Sonata No.5, 1st Movement¬†will be played by¬†Olga Kradenova, violin¬†and¬†Tianhong Yang, piano; Franck’s¬†Sonata 4th Movement¬†will be¬†played¬†by¬†Johnny Mok,¬†cello and Tianhong Yang, piano; Greig’s¬†To Spring¬†(from¬†The Lyric Pieces for Piano)¬†will be played by¬†Tianhong Yang, piano; Stromer’s¬†Original¬†Improvisation¬†will be¬†created and played by¬†Anna Stromer, viola; Mozart’s¬†Flute Quartet, 1st Movement¬†will be¬†played¬†by¬†Stephanie Stathos, flute,¬†Olga Kradenova, violin,¬†Anna Stromer, viola¬†and¬†Johnny Mok,¬†cello; and ¬†Faure’s¬†Piano Quartet No. 1 in¬†C¬†Minor, 4th Movement¬†played by¬†Olga Kradenova, violin, Anna Stromer, viola and ¬†Johnny Mok,¬†cello¬†and¬†Tianhong Yang, piano.

Stephanie Stathos is the Principal Flute of the Cape Ann Symphony. She earned her degree in Flute Performance from Boston University’s School for the Arts. Based in Lincoln, MA, Ms. Stathos is first piccolo for the Lexington Symphony. She has served as the piccolo and second flute with the touring orchestra of the National Lyric Opera of New York. As soloist she has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Other appearances include performances with many of New England’s ensembles including Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Symphony New Hampshire, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chorale (NH), Newburyport Choral Society, and North Shore Chamber Music. Ms. Stathos also is passionate about jazz, new music and ethnic music.

A Native of St. Petersburg, Russia, violinist Olga Kradenova¬†holds a bachelor‚Äôs degree with distinction from the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Royal Northern College of Music in United Kingdom, and a Master‚Äôs degree from Cambridge’s Longy School of Music. She played with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and appeared as a chamber musician and a soloist throughout Europe. Currently, Ms. Kradenova performs regularly with orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Boston area including Cape Ann Symphony and ¬†the Rivers Symphony as well as teaching privately and at the Brooks School in North Andover.

Johnny Mok, Cape Ann Symphony’s ¬†principal cellist, is currently a freelance musician and teacher in the Greater Boston Area. He began his cello studies at the age of five at the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy and continued his studies after immigrating to New Mexico. During Mr. Mok‚Äôs primary and secondary education, he was very active in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program and participated in multiple competitions where he was awarded with first prize. He continued to pursue Music Performance with a ¬†full scholarship at the University of Alabama where he entered competitions throughout the state of Alabama and was awarded first prize in the Birmingham Music Club, Alabama Federation of Music Clubs, and the Camilla Huxford Symphony Concerto Competition, among others.¬† Following a summer as an Orchestra Fellow at the Texas Music Festival in Houston, ¬†Mr. Mok pursued ¬†a Master‚Äôs Degree and the Professional Studies Certificate in Cello Performance at The Boston Conservatory. He has performed with many symphonies throughout the US including Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Cape Symphony, Tupelo Symphony, Boston Chamber Symphony, and National Repertory Orchestra, ¬†In addition to Cape Ann Symphony, Mr. Mok is also currently the Principal Cellist of New Hampshire Philharmonic, and Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra. In 2020, he founded the Aroma Duo with his duo piano partner, Tianhong Yang. Since then, Aroma Duo has performed in several chamber music series in the New England area.

Violist Anna Stromer has collaborated with jazz, rock, reggae, blues and hip hop artists in the Boston area as a student at Berklee College of Music. She has performed with Wyclef Jean, Mark O’Connor, Eugene Friesen, Mili Bermejo and Issac Delgado. As a founding member of the performing and recording string quartet originally affiliated with rock band Art Decade, she has recorded two full-length albums, performed at the South By Southwest Music Festival in 2010 and 2011. In May of 2011 she was selected to be the violist for the Vitamin String Quartet (a long-standing studio recording quartet known for its renditions of rock and pop classics) for its first live performance on MTV Unplugged (July 2011). Thirty Seconds to Mars’ song, Hurricane, which featured her viola mirroring the lead singer’s voice, was awarded MTV’s Best Live Performance of 2011. The year ended with special performances by VSQ with 30 Seconds to Mars in NYC as they completed their two year world tour. The live Vitamin String Quartet was also featured on the hit TV show Gossip Girl (100th episode). The Boston Ballet  selected Stromer to be the violist in a quartet performing in Alexander Ekman’s Cacti in May 2014. This innovative choreographer features a string quartet improvising on stage with the dancers; the quartet also performs classical repertoire with the Boston Ballet orchestra.

Based in Boston, Chinese born pianist Tianhong Yang has made  solo appearances in a number of prestigious festivals and venues across Europe, Asia and the USA. Yang made her UK debut in 2010 at the St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, performing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, Op.37, under the direction of Maestro David Jones. Throughout Yang’s competition career, she has participated and won numerous top prizes in international piano competitions such as Liege International Piano Competition and Andree Charlier International Piano Competition. At the age of four, Yang started her piano lessons and continued her studies in the Middle School program at Wuhan Conservatoire of Music, then later was admitted to the High School of Central Conservatoire of Music in Beijing, China. After Yang’s intensive primary school training in China’s most prestigious conservatories, in 2009, she was awarded the inaugural Steinway Full Scholarship to further her studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music under the tutelage of Richard McMahon. In 2013, Yang was invited to study with the Piano Legend, Dmitry Bashkirov, at Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Spain and she was sponsored with a full scholarship by the Yamaha Europe Association and the Albeniz Foundation. Yang simultaneously began her master’s degree in performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, Belgium, with Polina Leschenko, and performance diploma program at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale Incontri Col Maestro, Italy, with Vovka Ashkenazy and Boris Petrushansky. Yang also works closely with Chinese composer, Haofu Zhang, promoting Chinese-Western contemporary compositions. Yang is currently working on her doctoral degree in Piano Performance at Boston University, under the guidance of Pavel Nersessian.

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Musicians Unleashed programs were launched in 2019 and have become a wonderfully popular series with overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience response. Ticket prices for Spring Bouquet are $40. Call Cape Ann Symphony at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org for tickets.

Courtesy photos

Photo 1: Stephanie Stathos, Flute

Photo 2: Johnny Mok, Cello

Photo 3: Anna Stromer, Viola

Photo 4: Olga Kradenova, Violin

Photo 5: CAS Music Director Yoichi Udagawa

Photo 6: Tianhong Yang, Piano

Maestro Yoichi Udagawa on this weekend’s concert

“We are so excited to perform for our audience masterpieces of classical music by Beethoven and Brahms, but also the world premiere of a work by Charles Floyd commissioned by the Cape Ann Symphony.”

Maestro Yoichi Udagawa

Floyd’s Hymn for the Fallen

“Charles Floyd’s latest composition Hymn for the Fallen written for the Cape Ann Symphony is a moving memorial to those we have lost. We are thrilled to premiere this beautiful piece on March 20. Charles is a composer who has an amazing ability to create works that touch our hearts.”

Brahms’ Double Concerto

“We are very excited that violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young are returning to the Cape Ann Symphony to perform Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. The Double Concerto is the last major work for orchestra that the great composer wrote, and it’s a masterpiece. The way he weaves the violin and cello part together with each other and the orchestra is beyond compare, and it has some of the most beautiful melodies he ever wrote.”

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7

“We will be closing the concert with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, one of his most popular works. It combines everything about the music of Beethoven we love. His rhythmic drive, dramatic gesture, energy as well as lyricism and humor. We are really looking forward to sharing this music with our audience.”

  • Charles Floyd’s new work Hymn for the Fallen.
  • Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello featuring Lucia Lin, violin, and Owen Young, cello.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Cape Ann Symphony Concert: A world Premiere! BSO Guest artists! Charles Floyd, Brahms, Beethoven, Lucia Lin and Owen Young March 20th

Heidi Dallin shares a reminder about Cape Ann Symphony 70th season spring concert which sounds incredible!

Cape Ann Symphony’s 70th Concert Season continues on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA., featuring guest artists BSO violinist Lucia Lin and BSO cellist Owen Young, a poignant new work written for CAS by composer Charles Floyd, and classic works by Beethoven and Brahms. There will be no requirement for proof of vaccination nor Covid tests at this concert. The wearing of masks will be up to the individual. Single ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $20 for students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org

Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa looks forward to the eclectic program on March 20,

“We are so excited to bring our audience not only masterpieces of classical music from Beethoven and Brahms, but also the world premiere of a Charles Floyd work commissioned by Cape Ann Symphony. What an exciting afternoon of music!”

Yoichi Udagawa, Cape Ann Symphony Music Dir. & Conductor

Violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young return to CAS to perform Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. Maestro Udagawa points out,

“The Brahms’ Double Concerto is the last major work for orchestra that the great composer wrote, and it’s a masterpiece. The way he weaves the violin and cello parts together with each other and the orchestra is beyond compare, and it has some of the most beautiful melodies he ever wrote. We are thrilled to be performing this with violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young of the Boston Symphony.‚ÄĚ

Udagawa is also eager to share Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 with CAS audiences,

“The Beethoven Symphony No. 7 is one of his most popular works, and it combines everything about the music of Beethoven we love. His rhythmic drive, dramatic gesture, energy as well as lyricism and humor.”

About Composer, conductor, pianist Charles Floyd

Composer, conductor and pianist, Charles Floyd has been heard in concert with more than 500 orchestras in classical and pops performances, including annual appearances with the Boston Pops Orchestra. His eleven-year partnership with singer Natalie Cole included the multiple GRAMMY¬ģ Award- winning tribute to Nat King Cole entitled ‚ÄúUnforgettable, With Love;‚ÄĚ Also the Emmy Award-winning PBS Great Performances concert video of the same title. Charles Floyd last appeared with CAS in 2015 when he performed the world premiere of his Piano Concerto to a sold-out audience and two standing ovations.  CAS Board President Fran White remembers the concert well, “The atmosphere in the building was electric! The audience would not let him leave the stage. Maestro Udagawa brought him back to the piano for an encore and he played an arrangement of America the Beautiful which he improvised as he played it! He received another standing ovation!”

About Hymn for the Fallen by Charles Floyd

Charles Floyd’s latest composition ‚ÄúHymn for the Fallen‚ÄĚ written for the Cape Ann Symphony is part of a larger work: The Fallen.

“Charles Floyd has written an incredible piece for Cape Ann Symphony. We are so proud to premiere this touching piece on March 20. Charles describes it so much better than I ever could, but I will say that we are really looking forward to preparing it and presenting it to our audience. Charles is a composer who has an amazing ability to create works that touch our hearts.”

Floyd wrote ‚ÄúHymn for the Fallen‚ÄĚ to highlight the sense of isolation and helplessness experienced since 2020. He describes the work as follows:

‚ÄúHymn for the Fallen‚ÄĚ begins in isolation with violins commencing a tuneful exposition that is later joined by violas and cellos. The harmonies that build are bittersweet, but quite tonal in nature. Polytonality (the simultaneous use of two or more keys) plays a big role as a vehicle to prevent the emotional affect from feeling too ‘settled’ or too ‘sweet’. This is to reflect the notion that the emotional aspects of the past two years remain largely unsettled and unresolved. The final result is a haunting melody that is as sing-able as a hymn which (hopefully) does not gloss over the gravity of sadness rather than to honor with reverence the loss of a loved one. The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic and the insurmountable loss of life as a result of it, various riots, fear, brutality, extremism, civil unrest, confusion, grief, and violence inspired me to create a series of works called The Fallen of which ‚ÄúHymn for The Fallen‚ÄĚ is one. The series is not intended to be performed in one sitting. Rather it is a collection of works on a series of difficult topics.”

Charles Floyd on his beautiful work, Hymn for the Fallen, commissioned by CAS

About BSO violinist Lucia Lin

BSO violinist 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 1998.

About BSO Cellist Owen Young

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‚Äôs regular soloists, he also has appeared in the Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Davos, Sunflower, Gateway, Brevard, and St. Barth‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúJames Taylor Live at the Beacon Theatre‚ÄĚ 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)

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. 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 ‚Äď some specially commissioned for the orchestra ‚ÄĒ 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.

About Yoichi Udagawa

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.

Buy tickets

Cape Ann Symphony‚Äôs Floyd, Beethoven, Brahms, Lin and Young Concert is Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.  Single ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $20 for students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. There will be no requirement for proof of vaccination nor Covid tests at this concert. The wearing of masks will be up to the individual. They will not be required. For information or tickets, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org

Pre-Valentine’s MUSIC FOR THE HEART Performed by Members of Cape Ann Symphony and CAS Chorus and Great American Songbook selection by Jazz Dynamics ūüíĖūüéľ | St. Paul Lutheran Church Lanesville #GloucesterMA

Enjoy works for solo instruments and piano

Cape Ann Symphony Musicians Unleashed Concert Series

LIVE ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6

MUSIC FOR THE HEART

Works for Solo Instruments & Piano

at

Gloucester’s ÔĽŅSt. Paul Lutheran Church

Performed by Members of the CAS Orchestra and Chorus

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces a Musicians Unleashed pre‚ÄďValentine’s Day Concert, Music For the Heart at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington Street, by Rebecca’s Playground, Gloucester, MA. The ticket price for Music For the Heart is $40. Call CAS at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org to purchase tickets.

Eight musicians will perform 12 works by 10 composers, including works ranging from Fritz Kreisler and Claude Debussy to Rogers and Hart and Irving Berlin.

“The Musicians Unleashed program on February 6th will feature a wide range of romantic music starting with selections for violin, flute, cello and piano and ending with some well-known favorites from the Great American Song Book. The musicians are from the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and they are amazing. Come with someone you love, and get an early start to your Valentine’s celebrations!”

Maestro Udagawa

The program: The Music For the Heart concert program includes works by Austrian/American violinist Fritz Kreisler, French composers Cecile Chaminade and Claude Debussy, Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla and a finale featuring beloved classics from the Great American Songbook. Maestro Udagawa and the musicians will introduce each piece of music to offer audiences insight and little-known facts about the composers and their music.

The CAS musicians: Sven Skiveris, violin; Tianhong Yang, piano; Rosemarie Hinkle, flute; and Johnny Mok, cello are performing Kreisler’s Liebesleid for Violin and Piano; and Sch√∂n Rosmarin for Violin and Piano; Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute and Piano; Debussy’s Syrinx for Solo Flute; Piazzolla’s Grand Tango for Cello and Piano.

The American Songbook pieces will be performed by the Jazz Dynamics: Byron Winn, vocal; Jeffrey McKeen, piano and vocal; Saul Cohen, sax; and Nick White, bass. The Jazz Dynamics program includes favorites from the Great American Songbook: Berlin’s Blue Skies. Rogers & Hart’s Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, Arlen & Mercer’s Accentuate the Positive, Webster & Burke’s Black Coffee, Watts & Wyche’s Alright, Okay, You Win, and Thielman & Norman’s Bluesette. Byron Winn and Jeffrey McKeen are members of the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus, while Saul Cohen and Nick White have backed up Chorus members at a number of events. Cape Ann Symphony Chorus Director Rockport’s Wendy Betts has worked with the members of Jazz Dynamics, “Byron, Jeff, Saul and Nick are all highly accomplished individuals in their own professions AND they are incredible musicians. The perfect choice to be the first jazz quartet to perform in the Musicians Unleashed series.”

More about Jazz Dynamics, Manchester residents: A group of Cape Ann professionals, the Jazz Dynamics include dedicated music educator Jeffrey McKeen of Gloucester; former USAF fighter pilot Byron Winn; Radiocarbon dating doctorate physicist Nick White; and emergency room physician Saul Cohen, all of Manchester-by-the-Sea. All members of the Jazz Dynamics have had extensive training in music as well as in their chosen professions.

Jeff McKeen earned his BA in Music Education at Trenton State College and his MA from Grand Canyon University in AZ. After being a public-school music educator for 38 years in NJ he moved to Gloucester. As a bass-baritone professional Jeff has sung with the CAS Chorus and many other organizations and venues. He volunteers with Cape Ann Animal Aid and The Open Door, where he and his wife were the 2018 recipients of the Helen Muise Community Service Award.

Byron L.Winn, Ph.D, is a globally-ranging management consultant and former USAF fighter pilot. Prior to the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus, he performed as a soloist and member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the US Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale (among others). As a young teenager, he was in the University of Texas String (instruments) Project at the same time as Maestro Udagawa, but they were not aware of each other.

Nick White studied music at Oxford. He taught high school music in England before switching to physics, earning a Doctorate in Radiocarbon dating. He co-founded Diamond Semiconductor in Gloucester to design equipment, which is still in use, for Applied Materials. He met famed New Orleans jazz musician Henri Smith from New Orleans, now living in Gloucester, and got back into music playing bass in many styles and venues.

Physician Saul Cohen is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied jazz performance with George Garzone. Dr. Cohen met Byron, Jeff and Nick as a member of the Rat Pack which was a larger ensemble including a number of Cape Ann Symphony chorus members. Saul is an emergency physician at Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals.

Seating at this Musicians Unleashed event will be limited thanks to Covid restrictions.

CAS Board of Directors President Fran White points out, “The lovely St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gloucester is a wonderfully intimate yet socially distant setting for Music For the Heart. And it will be even more intimate with socially distant seating guidelines in place for the performance including patrons seated in every other pew, and occupied pews with socially distancing between parties. Given current conditions regarding Covid 19, all attendees will be required to show proof of Covid 19 vaccination and will be required to wear a mask. If you were vaccinated in Massachusetts and have a QR code either printed or on your phone we will have a scanner available to validate your status.”

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Musicians Unleashed programs were launched in 2019 and have become a wonderfully popular series with overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience response.

Ticket prices for Music For the Heart are $40. Call Cape Ann Symphony at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org for tickets.

  • Photo 1: The Jazz DynamicsPhoto
  • 2: Jazz Dynamics Saxophone player and Emergency Room Physician Saul Cohen of Manchester Photo
  • 3: Jazz Dynamics Vocalist and former USAF fighter pilot Byron Winn of Manchester Photo
  • 4: Jazz Dynamics Pianist/Vocalist and Music Educator Jeffrey McKeen  of Gloucester Photo
  • 5: Jazz Dynamics Bass Player and radiocarbon dating doctorate physicist Nick White of Manchester Photo
  • 6: Johnny Mok. Cello, Cape Ann Symphony performing Piazzolla’s Grand Tango for Cello and Piano. 
  • 7: French Composer Cecile Chaminade 

2022 GRANT OPPORTUNITIES! BRUCE J. ANDERSON AND ESSEX HERITAGE DEADLINES ARE DUE IN FEBRUARY.

What ideas would you submit? See below for application details and links.

DEADLINE FEBRUARY 14, 2022

We are pleased to announce the 2022 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of The Boston Foundation. The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation has been making grants on Cape Ann and in the Nashoba Valley for over 30 years. The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation provides grants for programs, direct services and new initiatives in the fields of mental health (treatment, research and suicide prevention, with a particular interest in mental health services supporting LGBTQIA young people), environmental protection, historic and archival preservation, and the arts.  

Please review the guidelines carefully and note that the application deadline is Monday, February 14, 2022. Grant announcements will be made in mid-June.  

Applications must be submitted online. Please find the application here: https://bostonfoundation.submittable.com/submit.  

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this Bruce J. Anderson Foundation funding opportunity. Questions regarding program eligibility can be directed to the attention of Sophia Hancock at shancock@tpi.org.  

The Bruce J. Anderson Team 
Sophia Hancock
Program Associate
The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) | The Boston Foundation

DEADLINE FEBRUARY 25

The Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program is a reimbursable, matching grant program for municipalities and qualified non-profit organizations whose activities support our mission to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County, MA). Interested applicants have until Friday, February 25, 2022, at 11:59 PM to submit applications for eligible projects focused in one of four categories:

Education: Create or further develop educational opportunities for youth 
Interpretation: Increase awareness and understanding of the region’s heritage 
Preservation: Preserve or enhance historic structures, landscapes, or cultural resources 
Access and Inclusion: Enhance access to the many resources offered within the Essex National Heritage Area through structural or programmatic updates or transportation. Examples of this category can include projects such as social justice-focused presentations, transportation for youth to access natural and cultural resources within the heritage area, or ADA improvements including wheelchair lifts, ramps, and interpretation aids.

Detailed information about the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, including application materials and guidelines can be found here.

-Please email Charles Smith with questions at charless@essexheritage.org or call 978-226-8154.

Important Covid-19 Announcement

Cape Ann Symphony special holiday pops concerts TODAY | TOMORROW

Concern has been expressed that, while audience members will be required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination or negative tests, no assurance has been given regarding the musicians and choristers on stage.


Please be advised that all the musicians and chorus members have been fully vaccinated.


Also, all will be wearing masks, except for those playing wind instruments since they need to be able to play their horns, trumpets, clarinets, oboes, etc.


While at this time it is unrealistic to require that young people be vaccinated, masks will be required.

See you at the concerts!

Cape Ann Symphony
Tickets978 281 0543

TODAY
Saturday. Nov. 27, 2pm.
Dolan Performing Arts Center.134 High St., Ipswich.
TOMORROW
Saturday, Nov. 27, 7:30pm,
Sunday Nov. 28, 2pm
Manchester Essex RMHS, 36 Lincoln St., Manchester.

Joy to the Orchestra World: Cape Ann Symphony is BACK! Launching its 70th Season

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT

A Festive Musical Celebration to Celebrate the Season for orchestra and chorus. Featuring the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus

News and notes from Heidi Dallin:

“Cape Ann Symphony

Bringing back the Cape Ann Holiday tradition

PLUS

It’s the first performance of the Cape Ann Symphony orchestra

in

more

than

18 months!”

Heidi Dallin

The Cape Ann Symphony‚Äôs Annual Holiday Pops Concert, returns to kick off our 70th season  with our traditional holiday concert on Saturday, November 27 at 2 pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA; Saturday, November 27 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 28 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 2021 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‚Äôs Wendy Betts. Udagawa has planned a joyful program of music from Anderson, Humperdinck, Rutter, Tchaikovsky plus Mark Hayes’ Believe from the hit film Polar Express, Courtney’s Musicological Journey Through the 12 Days of ChristmasDavis/Hayes’ Little Drummer Boy, and Hayman’s Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.

Cape Ann Symphony Board President Fran White is thrilled to have the orchestra back in performance in Manchester and Ipswich.

“This is a milestone year for CAS, our 70th anniversary of making music on Cape Ann! We stayed strong during the pandemic due to the diligence and Herculean efforts of our board, music director, and musicians and most importantly, the incredible support from our patrons! The Holiday Pops kicks off a spectacular 70th anniversary concert season! We are back and ready to make music for you for the next 70 years! “

Fran White, Cape Ann Symphony Board President

Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa is looking forward to this year‚Äôs Holiday Pops Concert,

The musicians of the Cape Ann Symphony and I are very excited to be back to performing live with a full orchestra for our amazing audiences starting with the Holiday Pops. The wonderful singers of the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the fabulous direction of Wendy Betts will be featured in the concert, and it will be a joyous celebration of the Holiday Season. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we all feel a tremendous sense of gratitude to the incredible outpouring of support from our audiences and supporters, and we can’t wait to be together again with our loyal audiences to make music and celebrate!”

Yoichi Udagawa, Cape Ann Symphony Conductor & Director

The 2021¬†Holiday Pops¬†program includes Tchaikovsky’s Selections from¬†The Nutcracker; Anderson’s¬†Christmas Festival ,¬†Humperdinck’s¬†Hansel and Gretel Prelude,¬†Hayman’s¬†Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,Davis/Hayes’¬†Little¬†Drummer Boy, John Rutter’s¬†Joy To The World¬†and¬†Candlelight Carol, Mark Hayes’¬†Believe¬†from the hit film¬†Polar Express, John Leavitt’s¬†Bashana Haba’ah,¬†and Holcomb’s¬†Festive¬†Sounds of Hanukkah.

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, 2018 and 2019. 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.

“The CAS Chorus is glad to be back together! I have missed working with these tremendous singers! 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!”

Wendy Betts, musical director Cape Ann Symphony Chorus (north shore community residents)

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 ‚Äď some specially commissioned for the orchestra ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs Holiday Pops Concert is Saturday, November 27 at 2 pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA; Saturday, November 27 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 28 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.

In accordance with the CAS Covid Safety Policy, all concert attendees will be required to show proof of Covid 19 vaccination or to present documentation of a negative test within 72 hours prior to the event and will be required to wear a mask during the performance.

photo caption: Yoichi Udagawa, Conductor and Music Director, Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra joined by Wendy Betts, Director Cape Ann Symphony Chorus | photo ¬© Jeph Ellis

so this is happening oct 3 at 3pm – classical music classic place CAPE ANN SYMPHONY AT UU CHURCH #GLOUCESTERMA

Check out the progress underway on the tower

10/3 at 3PM TODAY – beautiful program lined up. Buy tickets online or at the door

Big CAS news at UU Oct 3rd| Cape Ann Symphony Musicians Unleashed: Autumn Awakening concert at #GloucesterMA Unitarian Universalist Church ÔŅľ

Heidi Dallin shares happy news:

Cape Ann Symphony Musicians Unleashed Concert Series Returns LIVE On Sunday, October 3, 2021

AUTUMN AWAKENING at The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces Autumn Awakening, a Musicians Unleashed Concert, at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA. Musicians Unleashed is a series of musical events featuring Cape Ann Symphony musicians performing in a variety of intimate settings on Cape Ann and beyond. CAS launched the popular series to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience response in 2019. The ticket price for Autumn Awakening is $40.  Call CAS at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org to purchase tickets. In accordance with the CAS Covid Safety Policy, all concert attendees will be required to show proof of Covid 19 vaccination or to present documentation of a negative test within 72 hours prior to the event and will be required to wear a mask during the performance.

Autumn Awakening is a chamber music concert featuring music written for flute, oboe, clarinet and strings in various combinations and performed by seven CAS musicians at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. An historic meetinghouse founded in 1779, the church was the first Universalist congregation in the United States. Built in 1806, the building was created in a perfect ‚Äúshoe box‚ÄĚ design which gives it ideal acoustics. CAS Music Director Yoichi Udagawa programmed a varied selection of music written by a mix of well known and lesser known composers from all over the world.  Maestro Udagawa and the musicians will introduce each piece of music to offer audiences insight and little known facts about the composers and their music.  

Maestro Udagawa looks forward to these intimate Musicians Unleashed concerts, ‚Äú The Cape Ann Symphony is made up of extraordinary musicians, and we are thrilled to be able to highlight them! This concert will feature our principal flute, oboe and clarinet as well as some of our outstanding string players. We tried to make this concert a mixture of different composers as well as combination of instruments, and I‚Äôm sure the audience will enjoy this concert very much.‚ÄĚ The musicians performing in Autumn Awakening are Stephanie Stathos, flute; Izumi Sakamoto, oboe; Bill Kirkley, clarinet; Oksana Gorokhovskiy, violin; Olga Kradenova, violin; Anna Stromer, viola, and Johnny Mok, cello. The concert program includes Salem, MA  born and raised composer Arthur Foote’s Scherzo for Flute and String Quartet; British composer Malcolm Arnold’s Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet; Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Oboe Quartet; German composer Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, 1st Movement; and Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s American String Quartet, 4th Movement.

Salem native composer Arthur Foote, known for his chamber music, art music and choral music, was also a musician and a teacher.  ‚ÄúWhen thinking about the program for the concert, we wanted to include music by a ‚ÄĚlocal‚ÄĚ,” explains Udagawa, “and this charming piece by Arthur Foote fit the bill perfectly! We have an amazing tradition of musicians, writers and artists who worked right here in our area, and left great works for all of us to enjoy. And Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church is a perfect venue for Foote’s music with his strong ties to the Unitarian Church.‚ÄĚ Foote’s father, Caleb Foote, was the owner and editor of the Salem Gazette and his mother, Mary Wilder Foote, was a devout Unitarian. Arthur Foote began composing while studying harmony at the newly formed New England Conservatory in 1867. He then went on to study music at Harvard University where he received a Bachelor of Arts and the very first Master of Arts degree in Music awarded by an American university according to Foote’s Faculty Papers at New England Conservatory .

Arthur Foote was a leading member of a group of composers known as the Boston Six or the Second New England School. Together, the Six: John Knowles Paine, Horatio Parker, George Chadwick, Edward MacDowell, Amy Beach, and Arthur Foote wrote the first substantial body of ‚ÄúAmerican‚ÄĚ classical music. “In his time Foote was considered to be the ‘Dean of American Composers'” points out Maestro Udagawa.

 Arthur Foote was the organist and Choirmaster at the First Unitarian Church in Boston for 32 years, taught piano in his own studio for over 50 years and served on the faculty of New England Conservatory for 16 years, teaching piano and piano pedagogy. Foote helped edit Hymns of the Church Universal in 1890, and collaborated in the writing of Hymns for Church and Home, prepared for the American Unitarian Association in 1896 according to Unitarian Universalist History & Heritage Society

Ticket prices for Autumn Awakening are $40. Call Cape Ann Symphony at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org for tickets. In accordance with the CAS Covid Safety Policy, all concert attendees will be required to show proof of Covid 19 vaccination or to present documentation of a negative test within 72 hours prior to the event and will be required to wear a mask during the performance.

Heidi Dallin shares a story worth telling

Cape Ann Symphony summer celebration recap-

Annisquam Village Hall and Rosemarie Hinkle to the rescue!

read all about it

“Then – due to circumstances beyond her control our planned solo flutist had to cancel.To the rescue: Rosemarie Hinkle, principal flutist for the Melrose and Quincy Symphony Orchestras.

The hall’s acoustics were brilliant.


Rosemarie was brilliant.


The musicians were brilliant.

A few comments heard after each performance:
“What an incredible sound!”
“This was a fantastic performance. I’m so glad I came.”
“We can’t wait for the symphony’s concerts to return.”

Rain Date! Cape Ann Symphony postponed to July 25 classical music outdoors Magnolia #GloucesterMA

Heidi Dallin shares the news:

Cape Ann Symphony musicians led by Maestro Udagawa performing at 179 Hesperus Avenue  Courtesy photo 

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY BRINGS BACK LIVE SYMPHONIC MUSIC ON…JULY 25th!

Cape Ann Symphony announces An Outdoor Musical Celebration of Summer: two live outdoor concerts on Sunday, July 25th at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm, featuring a chamber orchestra of CAS musicians under the direction of CAS Conductor and Music Director Maestro Yoichi Udagwa performing poolside at the home of CAS President Fran White in Magnolia, MA.

This special outdoor musical celebration to benefit the orchestra features Adolphus Hailstork’s Sonata de chiesa; C√©cile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute highlighting CAS Principal Flutist Stephanie Stathos; and Joseph Bologne’s Symphony No. 1

Seating for each performance is limited to 70. Tickets are $100 per person. Tickets include wine, beer, soft drinks and light¬†hors d’oeuvres¬†as well as a meet and greet with Maestro Udagawa and the members of the orchestra following each performance Call Cape Ann Symphony at 978-281-0543 or go to¬†www.capeannsymphony.org¬†for tickets and further information.




Sun. July 25, 3 and 5:30PM, at the home of CAS President Fran White:

179 Hesperus Ave.
Gloucester, MA 01930


Wine and refreshments will be served prior to each performance.

Meet Cape Ann Symphony principal flutist Stephanie Stathos!

Heidi Dallin writes,

Stephanie Stathos will be the featured soloist in C√©cile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute this coming July 18 at the symphony’s two outdoor concerts.

Stephanie Stathos | Photo Credit: Robert Torres

About Stephanie Stathos

Stephanie Stathos earned her degree in Flute Performance from Boston University’s School for the Arts. Based in Lincoln, MA, Ms. Stathos is first piccolo for the Lexington Symphony. She has served as the piccolo and second flute with the touring orchestra of the National Lyric Opera of New York. As soloist she has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Other appearances include performances with many of New England’s ensembles including Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Symphony New Hampshire, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chorale (NH), Newburyport Choral Society, and North Shore Chamber Music.

A lover of all forms of music – classical, jazz, new music, ethnic – Stephanie has performed as soloist throughout the United States and Europe. Here she is seen rehearsing Domenico Cimarosa’s¬†Concerto for two flutes and orchestra¬†with the Orchestra Del Concentus Musicus Patavinus in the Sala Dei Giganti in Padua, Italy.

photo description: The performance in the Sala Dei Giganti in Padua, with Stephanie Stathos, Flute]

Stephanie Stathos¬†is the Principal Flute of the¬†Cape¬†Ann¬†Symphony and the soloist in C√©cile Chaminade’s¬†Concertino for Flute.¬†She is thrilled to play this special piece with CAS:

“C√©cile Chaminade‚Äôs¬†Concertino¬†was commissioned by the Paris Conservatoire in 1902. ¬†It is a popular piece in the flute repertoire and features a beautiful, memorable melody that recurs throughout the piece. ¬†As a young flute student the beautiful melody captured my attention and I began learning it. Although I‚Äėve performed the¬†Concertino¬†with piano over the years, playing it with the¬†Cape¬†Ann¬†Symphony¬†is a dream come true.¬†

I am very much looking forward to seeing my colleagues and Yoichi again, but also to see those who have supported us through this incredibly difficult period. Each person makes a huge difference,  and we are grateful to all those who attend our concerts and also to all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the orchestra going. 

I welcome the chance to say thank you in person on July 18 at the post-concert meet and greet! 

Personally, the canceling of all live music that accompanied the Covid months has made me reevaluate what it means to play. ¬†It‚Äôs a huge privilege and I cherish each opportunity to perform more than ever. ¬†No one should take music making for granted – because, as we saw, it can go away very quickly.”

Stephanie Stathos, Principal Flute, Soloist

About this “Outdoor Musical Celebration”

This July 18 program is inspired by Cape Ann Symphony 2021 Composer Series emails celebrating Black History and Women’s History.

This special outdoor musical celebration to benefit the orchestra features Adolphus Hailstork’s Sonata de chiesa; C√©cile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute highlighting CAS Principal Flutist Stephanie Stathos; and Joseph Bologne’s Symphony No. 1

Seating for each performance is limited to 70. Tickets are $100 per person. Tickets include wine, beer, soft drinks and light hors d’oeuvres as well as a meet and greet with Maestro Udagawa and the members of the orchestra following each performance Call Cape Ann Symphony at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org for tickets and further information.

Preview listen! 5 Days Until Cape Ann Symphony classical music event of the summer ūüéßūüéľūüéĽūü•āūüé∂

Exciting to imagine how the pieces will sound outdoors in Magnolia this coming Sunday!

Until that time, sample a listen:

Hailstork’s¬†Sonata de chiesa [Paul Freeman conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra]

Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute with CAS Principal Flutist Stephanie Stathos as soloist. [Below- flutist Julie Lee at Merkin Concert Hall, NJ – Cecile Chaminade Concertino for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 107]

Bologne’s Symphony No. 1 [Boise Baroque Orchestra, 2020]

TICKETS ARE LIMITED. CALL CAPE ANN SYMPHONY AT 978-281-0543 OR GO TO WWW.CAPEANNSYMPHONY.ORG FOR TICKETS AND FURTHER INFORMATION. 

Cape Ann Symphony celebration sounds gorgeous – One Sunday two Summer Concerts – LIVE Classical music Magnolia #GloucesterMA

July 18 program inspired by 2021 Composer Series emails celebrating Black History and Women’s History Рfeaturing stephanie stathos flutist solo

Heidi Dallin shares the news:

Cape Ann Symphony musicians led by Maestro Udagawa performing at 179 Hesperus Avenue  Courtesy photo 

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY BRINGS BACK LIVE SYMPHONIC MUSIC ON JULY 18

Cape Ann Symphony announces An Outdoor Musical Celebration of Summer: two live outdoor concerts on Sunday, July 18 at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm, featuring a chamber orchestra of CAS musicians under the direction of CAS Conductor and Music Director Maestro Yoichi Udagwa performing poolside at the home of CAS President Fran White in Magnolia, MA.

This special outdoor musical celebration to benefit the orchestra features Adolphus Hailstork’s Sonata de chiesa; C√©cile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute highlighting CAS Principal Flutist Stephanie Stathos; and Joseph Bologne’s Symphony No. 1

Seating for each performance is limited to 70. Tickets are $100 per person. Tickets include wine, beer, soft drinks and light hors d’oeuvres as well as a meet and greet with Maestro Udagawa and the members of the orchestra following each performance Call Cape Ann Symphony at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org for tickets and further information.

“While we love the worldwide accessibility of our virtual concert series, we at CAS recognize nothing beats hearing live classical music in person. At this time there are few opportunities for that live classical music experience. This concert really is a special treat to hear CAS in the summer. Normally we do not perform in the summer, but we are currently in the planning stages of full season in November and just could not wait until November to reunite with our audiences.

Maestro Udgawa, the musicians and the entire CAS organization are very excited about being able to perform these special outdoor live concerts on July 18.  Maestro Udagwa has programmed an excellent and distinctive selection of music from three unique composers to perform in a comfortable, intimate setting. We are thrilled audiences will also get the opportunity to meet and chat with Maestro Udgawa and the musicians following each concert.”

Fran White, Cape Ann Symphony (CAS) Board President

Maestro Udagawa looks forward to performing live and reuniting with CAS musicians , “The musicians and I are thrilled to be able to perform together, and are grateful to Cape Ann President Fran White and her husband David for opening up their large backyard to host a concert again this year. It is such a pleasant, tranquil (and bug free!) venue that offers the audience close proximity to the musicians – a chance we don’t get often in large concert halls.  The opportunity to make music and share it with an audience is always a thrill and more than ever, we musicians are aware of what a privilege it is. The musicians and I are looking forward to the post-concert meet and greet so we can thank our audiences in person for their unwavering support.”   

An Outdoor Musical Celebration of Summer will feature a chamber orchestra from the Cape Ann Symphony under the direction of Maestro Udagawa performing the music of Adolphus Hailstork, C√©cile Chaminade and Joseph Bologne. 

“The three pieces are gorgeous, and our principal flutist Stephanie Stathos will be playing a solo in C√©cile Chaminade’s Concertino. 

Adolphus Hailstork is a living composer who has written unbelievably beautiful pieces. Inspired by our email about Hailstork during Black History Month, I did a deep dive into Hailstork’s body of work and found it hard to choose just one piece for the concert! I decided on his Sonata de chiesa for its rich and romantic work for strings.

C√©cile Chaminade’s Concertino is a piece I have admired for a long time, but when she was featured during Women’s History Month, it reminded me that I have to program something written by her. When this concert was in the planning stages, it seemed like the perfect time to feature some of her music and I knew Stephanie Stathos, our principal flutist would be the perfect soloist.

The Joseph Bologne Symphony No. 1 is a perfect classical symphony with clear themes that are light and yet full of energy. He had an extraordinary life, and it’s reflected in his music. I’m grateful that we are all starting to become more aware of the incredible contributions of these great composers and can’t wait to share them with our audiences!”

Yoichi Udagwa, Cape Ann Symphony Music Director, Maestro

Stephanie Stathos | Photo Credit: Robert Torres

Stephanie Stathos is the Principal Flute of the Cape Ann Symphony and the soloist in C√©cile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute. Ms. Stathos is thrilled to play this special piece with CAS, “”C√©cile Chaminade‚Äôs Concertino was commissioned by the Paris Conservatoire in 1902.  It is a popular piece in the flute repertoire and features a beautiful, memorable melody that recurs throughout the piece.  As a young flute student the beautiful melody captured my attention and I began learning it. Although I‚Äėve performed the Concertino with piano over the years, playing it with the Cape Ann Symphony is a dream come true. I am very much looking forward to seeing my colleagues and Yoichi again, but also to see those who have supported us through this incredibly difficult period…

“…Each person makes a huge difference,  and we are grateful to all those who attend our concerts and also to all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the orchestra going. I welcome the chance to say thank you in person on July 18 at the post-concert meet and greet! Personally, the canceling of all live music that accompanied the Covid months has made me reevaluate what it means to play.  It‚Äôs a huge privilege and I cherish each opportunity to perform more than ever.  No one should take music making for granted – because, as we saw, it can go away very quickly.”

Stephanie Stathos, Principal Flute, Soloist

About Stephanie Stathos

Stephanie Stathos earned her degree in Flute Performance from Boston University‚Äôs School for the Arts. Based in Lincoln, MA, Ms. Stathos is first piccolo for the Lexington Symphony. She has served as the piccolo and second flute with the touring orchestra of the National Lyric Opera of New York. As soloist she has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Other appearances include performances with many of New England‚Äôs ensembles including Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Symphony New Hampshire, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chorale (NH), Newburyport Choral Society, and North Shore Chamber Music. Ms. Stathos also is passionate about jazz, new music and ethnic music.

An Outdoor Musical Celebration of Summer Composers:

Adolphus Hailstork, 1941-

A prolific composer of music in every form from solo works to opera, symphony and chamber music. Adolphus Hailstork (1941- ) was born in Rochester, New York and grew up in Albany where he studied violin, piano, organ, and voice. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His works blend musical ideas from both the African American and European traditions.

Dr. Hailstork began his studies in composition at Howard University. He then attended the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France, where he studied with Nadia Boulanger. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and received his PhD in composition from Michigan State University. From 1969 to 1971, Dr. Hailstork taught at Michigan State University. He then served as professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio from 1971 to 1976, and in 1977 he became professor of music and Composer-in-Residence at Virginia’s Norfolk State University. He is currently a professor of music and Composer-in-Residence at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Cecile Chaminade, 1857-1944

French composer C√©cile Louise St√©phanie Chaminade (1857‚Äď1944) enjoyed considerable success touring as a pianist and performing her own works. In the United States she was so popular that a national group of musical clubs was named after her, and in England her Pr√©lude for Organ was played at Queen Victoria’s funeral in 1901. In 1913 she was awarded the L√©gion d’Honneur, a first for a female composer. Composer Ambroise Thomas said, “This is not a woman who composes, but a composer who is a woman.‚ÄĚ

When Ms. Chaminade was a young her family moved to the village of Le V√©sinet, west of Paris, and acquired Georges Bizet as a neighbor. She began playing the piano, composing keyboard music and pieces and Bizet praised her talent. Franz Liszt also praised the talent of the  young pianist. Ms. Chaminade  was urged to study at the Paris Conservatory but her father forbade it, saying it would be improper for a young woman of her class. However, she was allowed to take private lessons with Conservatory faculty. Ms. Chaminade toured steadily around Europe in the 1890s, finding special success in England. Audiences, including the Queen, loved her. Queen Victoria invited her to perform at Windsor Castle.

Today, thanks to an enlightened interest in the music of women composers, C√©cile Chaminade’s compositions have experienced a revival in popularity.

Joseph Bologne, 1745-1799

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) is the first known classical musician of African descent. A man of many talents he was a composer, virtuoso violinist, conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris, and a renowned champion fencer.

Born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, he was the son of George Bologne de Saint-Georges, a wealthy planter and Anne Nano, his wife’s African slave. At the age of seven his father took him to France, where he received an extensive education. During the French Revolution, he served as a colonel of the Légion St.-Georges, the first all-black regiment in Europe, fighting on the side of the Republic. Mr. Bologne traveled throughout Europe and England, fighting in many battles and, in competition, beating some of the most famous swordsmen in his time, while also conducting, performing and composing numerous string quartets, many instrumental pieces and several operas.

Cape Ann Symphony’s Outdoor Musical Celebration of Summer Benefit Concerts are Sunday, July 18 at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm at 179 Hesperus Avenue, Magnolia, MA. Rain date is Sunday, July 25. Tickets are $100 per person. Tickets include wine, beer, soft drinks and light hors d’oeuvres as well as a meet and greet with Maestro Udagawa and the members of the orchestra following each performance.

Tickets are limited. Call Cape Ann Symphony at 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org for tickets and further information. 


Photo credits:

  • Stephanie Stathos, Principal Flute of the Cape Ann Symphony and the soloist in C√©cile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute in An Outdoor Musical Celebration of Summer on July 18 Photo Credit: Robert Torres
  • Adolphus Hailstork, Composer Courtesy photo 
  • Joseph Bologne, Composer Courtesy photo 
  • Cape Ann Symphony musicians led by Maestro Udagawa performing at 179 Hesperus Avenue  Courtesy photo 

Heidi Dallin shares Cape Ann Symphony notes: Meet Adolphus Hailstork, Composer

Heidi Dallin shares:

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY Concert Notes

meet Adolphus Hailstork, Composer

Feeling and Spirit in sound – Adolphus Hailstork


Born in Rochester, NY in 1941, Adolphus Hailstork grew up in Albany where he studied violin, piano, organ and voice. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

He began his studies in composition at Howard University and then attended the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France, where he studied with Nadia Boulanger. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and received his PhD in composition from Michigan State University.

Dr. Hailstork taught at Michigan State University, then served as professor at¬†Youngstown State University¬†in¬†Ohio¬†and then became professor of music and Composer-in-Residence at Virginia’s¬†Norfolk State University.¬†He is currently a professor emeritus of music and Composer-in-Residence at¬†Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

He composes in all forms: symphonic works and tone poems for orchestra; concertos and numerous chamber works; duos for such combinations as horn and piano, clarinet and piano, flute and piano; numerous songs; band works and many pieces for piano and pipe organ.

His works blend musical ideas from both the African American and European traditions. His most recent work is “A Knee on the Neck,” a requiem cantata for George Floyd, one of many compositions that reflect his engagement with Black history.¬†His Sonata Di Chiesa which we will hear on July 18 is an especially rich and romantic work for strings.


JULY 18, 2021 SUMMER OUTDOOR CONCERT TICKETS HERE

Cape Ann Symphony presents two outdoor Summer Concerts! #GloucesterMA Magnolia

July 18. Special Event!

How did we select the music?


Our selections of exceptionally beautiful pieces to play for our outdoor benefit concerts were inspired by our Black History and Women’s History series of emails we recently sent.

18 Musicians of the Cape Ann Symphony under the direction of Maestro Yoichi Udagawa will be playing:

Adolphus Hailstork’s¬†Sonata de chiesa
Cecile Chaminades’s¬†Concertino for Flute Featured in our Women’s History Month series.
Joseph Bologne’s¬†Symphony No. 1 Featured in our Black History Month series.

There will be two performances on July 18 at 3:00pm and at 5:30pm

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Statement from the Cape Ann Symphony REGARDING UPCOMING CONCERTS 

To Our Patrons, Supporters and Friends of the Cape Ann Symphony:
Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our patrons, the musicians and our staff, and heeding the advice provided by Massachusetts and Federal authorities about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Board of Directors of the Cape Ann Symphony announces the cancellation of the upcoming concerts scheduled for Sunday March 22nd and for the Musicians Unleashed on April 26.
 We will make a decision as to the status of the concerts scheduled for May 16th and 17th and will notify the public as to the status of these concerts early in April.
We are suspending all ticket sales for all concerts effective immediately. We will be in touch with all ticket holders as soon as possible.
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding. 
       Fran White                                                                        Yoichi Udagawa
       President                                                                          Music Director  & Conductor
       Cape Ann Symphony                                                      Cape Ann Symphony

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 –