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 

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, 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 “shoe box” 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, “ 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’m sure the audience will enjoy this concert very much.” 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.  “When thinking about the program for the concert, we wanted to include music by a ”local”,” 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.” 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 “American” 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; Cécile 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 Cécile 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 Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute. She is thrilled to play this special piece with CAS:

“Cécile Chaminade’s 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‘ve 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’s 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; Cécile 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 🎧🎼🎻🥂🎶

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 – featuring 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; Cécile 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, Cécile Chaminade and Joseph Bologne. 

“The three pieces are gorgeous, and our principal flutist Stephanie Stathos will be playing a solo in Cécile 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.

Cécile 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 Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute. Ms. Stathos is thrilled to play this special piece with CAS, “”Cécile Chaminade’s 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‘ve 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’s 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’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.

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 Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade (1857–1944) 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 Prélude for Organ was played at Queen Victoria’s funeral in 1901. In 1913 she was awarded the Légion 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.”

When Ms. Chaminade was a young her family moved to the village of Le Vésinet, 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, Cécile 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 Cécile 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

Cape Ann Symphony

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Purchase tickets online Here

or call now! (978)281-0543

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 –

 

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

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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

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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