Cape Ann YMCA Presents 2022 Holiday Delights Showtimes Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Middle Street Walk brochure

The Cape Ann YMCA presents annual gem – HOLIDAY DELIGHTS 2022

Showtimes at Gloucester’s stately landmark, the American Legion

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Cape Ann symphony playbill for 2022-2023. Season Tix available now!

Heidi Dallin reveals the slate. Mark your calendar for some days and nights filled with great symphonic music!

THE 71st SEASON

Cape Ann Symphony Celebrates

A SEASON OF RENEWAL

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the launch of the orchestra’s 71st concert season on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 PM at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium.

“We are so thrilled to be able to perform a full season schedule of orchestra concerts…. the first since 2019!’ says Cape Ann Symphony Board President Fran White.  “After facing the challenges of the past two years, Cape Ann Symphony is stronger than ever due to the amazing support from the musicians, our Music Director, our tireless Board of Directors, our sponsors and donors, and finally, our loyal audiences!  We look forward to gathering again in  Manchester and Ipswich to celebrate the joy of music.”

The upcoming season features a celebration of three of the world’s preeminent composers, The Big Three: Mozart, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky and guest artist violinist Victor Romanul makes his CAS debut performing Tchaikovsky’s “unplayable” Violin Concerto to kick off the season in October 2022. The concerto was severely criticized and declared unplayable when it premiered. But audiences loved it and the concerto now is a mainstay of violin concertos. 

The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus performs with the orchestra in the annual Holiday Pops Concert in November 2022; the return of Blaise Dejardin, Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Cellist in March 2023, and  the virtuoso pianist Michael Lewin to wrap up the season in May 2023.

Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Udagawa is eager to open the CAS 71st Season, “The musicians of the Cape Ann Symphony and I are extremely excited about the upcoming 2022-23 Season. “Our goal is to present to you concerts of the highest artistic standards that are guided by an enthusiasm for learning, a passion for the joy of music and love of good old fashioned fun and humor. Looking forward to seeing you at our concerts!”

Cape Ann Symphony’s 71st concert season kicks off on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA with The Big Three: Mozart, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky. Season subscriptions for the four concert season are available to purchase. Single ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $20 for students of any age with valid Student ID; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org

THE BIG THREE: MOZART, BEETHOVEN & TCHAIKOVSKY

  • Performance: Sunday, October  2, 2022: 2:00 PM: Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off the 71st season with three of  music’s most renown composers Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky and guest artist Victor Romanul performing Tchaikovsky’s “unplayable” Violin Concerto in his CAS debut. The program also includes Mozart’s Magic Flute and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT

Performances:

  • Saturday, November 26, 2022: 2:00 PM Dolan Performing Arts Center, Ipswich High School. Ipswich,MA
  • Saturday, November 26, 2022: 7:30 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
  • Sunday, November 27, 2022: 2:00 PM Manchester, Sunday, November 27, 2022: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The Holiday Pops Concert, Cape Ann Symphony’s joyful holiday tradition, features a program of holiday favorites 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.

BRAHMS, DVORAK & DEJARDIN

  • Performance: Sunday, March 19, 2023: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, 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 opens the concert with Brahms’ stirring Symphony No. 1 in c minor, a piece which he struggled with for 14 years to complete.  

THE COLORS OF MUSIC

  • Performance: Sunday, May 14, 2023: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The Colors of Music 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 Marriage of Figaro Overture and Haydn’s delightful Symphony No. 101 “Clock.”

Photo 1: Violinist Victor Romanul, Guest Artist for October 2 Concert; Courtesy Photo
Photo 2: Cellist Blaise Dejardin, Guest Artist for March 19 Concert; Courtesy Photo
Photo 3: Pianist Michael Lewin, Guest Artist for May 14 Concert; Photo Credit Liz Linder
Photo 4: CAS Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa

Acting 101

September 2022- Mondays – Cape Ann YMCA sign up is open! Begins next week.

An introduction to the basics of professional acting taught by professional actress Heidi Dallin. Learn acting techniques, develop stage presence and build self-confidence through theatre games, pantomime, improvisation, public speaking, and storytelling!

Acting 101 is designed to provide young people an outlet to discover their creative potential through building self confidence, and developing communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to skills necessary for professional theatre.

Ages: 6-12 years old. Mondays 4-6pm.

Music in the air! A CAPE ANN SYMPHONY OUTDOOR CONCERT: AUGUST 21

Heidi Dallin shares a reminder about Cape Ann Symphony’s outdoor concert in Magnolia next week. The program sounds glorious!

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY – THE 70th SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

A SPECIAL CAPE ANN SYMPHONY OUTDOOR CONCERT

Sunday August 21, 2022

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY: 4:00 PM

LIMITED SEATING

Cape Ann Symphony announces A Special Outdoor Concert on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at 4:00 pm, featuring CAS lead flutist Stephanie Stathos and the Cape Ann Symphony Chamber Orchestra under the direction of CAS Conductor and Music Director Maestro Yoichi Udagawa performing poolside at the home of CAS President Fran White, 179 Hesperus Avenue, Magnolia, MA. Refreshments will be served. Seating for the performance is limited to 75. Ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $20 for students of any age; and $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For tickets and further information, call 978-281-0543 or go to www.capeannsymphony.org.

Maestro Udagawa looks forward to returning to perform at 179 Hesperus Avenue.

“The musicians and I are thrilled and excited to be able to perform together during the summer, 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! “

This special outdoor concert features Charles Floyd’s Hymn For The Fallen, Wolfgang A. Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major, performed by CAS lead Flutist Stephanie Stathos, and Joseph Bologne’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

“The musicians and I are delighted to share this gorgeous music with our audiences” explains Maestro Udagawa.

Charles Floyd’s Hymn For The Fallen, commissioned by CAS, had its world premiere in the CAS March 2022 Concert. “Charles Floyd’s incredible piece for CAS was a highlight of our 70th Season, points out Maestro Udagawa, “I was eager to perform this inspiring piece outdoors with our chamber orchestra.”

Floyd wrote Hymn For The Fallen to highlight the sense of isolation and helplessness experienced since 2020.

Hymn For The Fallen 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 singable 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 Hymn for The Fallen 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

Maestro Udagawa looks forward to sharing Mozart’s first flute concerto with audiences, “Mozart’s first Flute Concerto was written in his early twenties. It is a beautiful work, and really requires the soloist to have tons of technique. Stephanie will do an amazing job, and we are all thrilled to be able to perform this work with her. I’m sure the audience will love it.” Commissioned by the Dutch flutist Ferdinand De Jean in 1777, Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major, his first flute concerto, was written in 1778. Mozart was supposed to provide four flute quartets and three flute concertos, but he only completed two of the three concertos. The piece is divided into 3 movements: 1. Allegro Maestoso; 2. Adagio Ma Non Troppo; 3. Rondo Tempo di Menuetto. The Andante for Flute and Orchestra K. 315 is thought to have been written as an alternative slow movement for this concerto, but there is no existing manuscript. Stephanie Stathos is the Principal Flute of the Cape Ann Symphony and the soloist in Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major Ms. Stathos is thrilled to play this Mozart piece with CAS, ” This wonderful work is part of all classical flutists’ repertoire,” points out Stathos, “Most of us begin learning it in high school and continue to study it throughout our entire careers! The third movement is a favorite of mine for its humor and joyful 3/4 meter, alternating between sparkling 16th note passage work and beautiful, lyrical melodies. I am delighted to be performing this concerto with the Cape Ann Symphony Chamber Orchestra this coming August 21.”

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.

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, 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 soldier and a renowned champion fencer. He was celebrated in Paris when the then unknown Mozart visited the city.

“Joseph Bologne had an extraordinary life, and it’s reflected in his music, ” says Maestro Udagawa, “Audiences will be enthralled with his Symphony No. 2. Last summer we performed Bologne’s Symphony No. 1 and I am so pleased to be able to share more of his extraordinary work with our audiences!”

photo credits:

Yoichi Udagawa, CAS Conductor and Music Director Photo Credit Jeph Ellis

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

Stephanie Stathos, Principal Flute of the Cape Ann Symphony and the soloist in Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major Photo Credit: Robert Torres
Charles Floyd, Composer Hymn For The Fallen Courtesy Photo

Wizard of Oz showtime – TICKETS ARE ON SALE! Theater at the Cape Ann YMCA #GloucesterMA

Theatre at the Cape Ann YMCA  – A new Summer Tradition!

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to The Cape Ann YMCA production of The Wizard of Oz featuring a cast of young actors from the YMCA Summer Performance Camp on Thursday, July 21 and Friday July 22 at 4pm at the Cape Ann YMCA! The beloved family musical is  directed by Heidi Dallin with music direction by Rin Wolter, Set, Costume and Prop Design by Sarah Vandewalle, Choreography by Tyler Garofalo, Stage Manager Jenny Hersey, Sound Design by Treely Dowd and Production Assistants TS Burnham, Julia Drost and Martina Gallo. 

Tickets are on sale!! 

https://our.show/wizardofoz/cape-ann-ymca

The QR code is here

Come See Annie Kids at Plum Cove Elementary school #GloucesterMA June 9, 10

Great notice and wonderful Paul Bilodeau rehearsal photos in the Gloucester Daily Times today! Performances this week on Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are FREE but reservations necessary dbiondo@gloucesterschools.com

Read the article and see more photographs here

Front page Gloucester Daily Times June 8, 2022

Plum Cove Elementary School: Spring 2022 musical performed by 4th and 5th grade students under the direction of Heidi Dallin. The photo caption notes Miss Hannigan played by Evelyn Taplett and Annie played by Bianca Numerosi.

Can you remember an elementary school performance or arts educator*? Chances are if you attended elementary school in Gloucester, you can. Gloucester has a long, strong and colorful history of professional theater artists enriching community theater for young and old, and prioritizing arts education in area schools. It’s no surprise that East Gloucester Elementary School (EGS)– only blocks away from Rocky Neck and former sites of Atwoods’ Playhouse-on-the-Moors, Little Theater, and Bass Rocks Theater–included a theater and stadium seating for little ones right in the school. Productions have been mounted in all the schools, and evidence shows year round activity in some decades. Poets and playwrights, choreographers, industry professionals (stage direction, lighting, costume design, etc), and insiders engage and collaborate. Nan Webber inspired generations at the GHS drama department and on Cape Ann. Heidi Dallin has devoted 30+ years to youth theater development.

Congratulations to all involved with this Annie Kids production! Enjoy this magic time.

*note: I don’t, but I did not grow up here. A couple of early memories that come to mind are the children’s museum recycle arts and crafts shop (fill a shopping bag), and seeing the Fantasticks at Priscilla Beach Theater, Plymouth, MA, summer vacation ca.1972-74.

Summer Performance Camp! Follow the yellow brick road to Cape Ann YMCA #WizardofOz #GloucesterMA

We hope you can join us in Gloucester this summer for a great performance opportunity. We are launching The Cape Ann Y’s first ever all ages 4 week Summer Performance Camp.  All participants(age 5-17) will be in a production of The Wizard of Oz at the CAY. There will be two public performances at the end of the final week.(July 21 and July 22 @ 4pm) 

The camp will be led by a professional adult production team and participants will learn about all aspects of professional theatre and producing a show!

Heidi Dallin

  • Director: Gloucester native and award winning actress Heidi Dallin
  • Music: West Parish Music Teacher Rin Wolter
  • Choreography: Manchester Memorial Teacher  Tyler Garofalo
  • Set, Costumes, Props: Danver’s Sarah Vandewalle
  • Stage Manager: Manchester’s Jenny Hersey
  • Production & Choreography Assistant: Gloucester’s TS Burnham, recent college graduate with a degree in theatre 

PLUS OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS!

Performance Camp Details here: https://www.northshoreymca.org/programs/cape-ann-ymca-camps. The sign up details are here

Print the broadsheet for Cape Ann YMCA Summer Performance Camp 2022 – Wizard of Oz

Spend February vacation at the Cape Ann YMCA perfecting your acting and performance skills!!

Reminder from Cape Ann YMCA

“It is official. We have a terrific schedule of February Vacation Acting, Scene Study and Performance Classes for ALL ages at the Cape Ann YMCA! Classes are divided by age. We have a class for 5 to 9 year olds and a class for 10 to 17 year olds.”

  • Acting Intensive and Scene Study Workshop for 10 to 17 year olds An intensive professional theatre training program designed to provide young people with an outlet to nurture their creative potential through developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theater and performance. The intensive 4-day workshop will include audition preparation,  character preparation, scene study, storytelling, public speaking and confidence building training. Sign up here
  • Professional Acting Basics for 5 to 9 year olds!
    A four day intensive workshop is an introduction to the basics of professional acting and performance for ages 5 to 9 years old. Learn acting, develop stage presence and build self-confidence through theatre games, pantomime, improvisation, vocal and physical expression, scene study and storytelling. Sign up here

Both classes are taught by Gloucester native Heid Dallin, an award-winning professional actress.

According to Dallin who recently wrapped up directing Annie Jr at Manchester Essex Middle School,

“After the incredible excitement I saw from young people on the stage and in the audience at the performances of Annie Jr it was clear that live theatre is back for young people on Cape Ann. They are eager to get back on the stage and perform! And now they can spend their February vacation acting!”

-YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist Heidi Dallin

courtesy photos

Contact Dallin at 978-729-1094 or dallinh@northshoreymca.org with questions

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 💖🎼 | 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 St. Paul Lutheran Church

Performed by Members of the CAS Orchestra and Chorus

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces a Musicians Unleashed pre–Valentine’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 Schön 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 

Holiday Delights Showtime today! Cape Ann YMCA of the North Shore Theater Co. at Ames Hall- friends and family only

It’s Cape Ann YMCA showtime at Ames Hall in Salem matinee time. Good luck to the cast and crew! Heidi Dallin adds a small reminder: “The tickets for the 2021 Holiday Delights are closed to the public. Friends and family only. Stay tuned for holiday scenes from Holiday Delights later this week!”

photo caption: Cape Ann YMCA of the North Shore Theater Company on location at Ames Hall in Salem. Dress Rehearsal! And the Actors Perspective!

photo caption: A neat and organized backstage

photo caption: The March sisters living room waiting for Little Women Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth!


Families love the North Shore Theater Company at the Cape Ann YMCA.

Contact Heidi Dallin | Cape Ann YMCA (P) 978-283-0470 (E) dallinh@northshoreymca.org

www.northshoreymca.org

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’s 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’s 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’s 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 – 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 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

YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Company | Holiday Delights Showcase #CapeAnn

Heidi Dallin shares the handy flyer with all the scoop!

Rehearsals Fridays and Saturdays October 29-December 11, 2021

Performance December 12

Contact Heidi for more information phone (978) 729-1094 | dallinh@northshoreymca.org

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Breaking news: Heidi Dallin establishing YMCA of the North Shore Theater Company at Cape Ann Y offering inclusive professional theater arts training and performance opportunities #GloucesterMA

Happy winds of change-

“Theater at the Cape Ann YMCA kicks off with a Holiday Delights Performance Workshop during which student actors can learn the basics of professional theater as well as be part of a Cape Ann holiday tradition.

The 7 week session culminates in a workshop performance of scenes from Holiday Delights for family and friends at Ames Hall in Salem.  Set in Gloucester, Holiday Delights is a festive evening of stories, music and movement recounting the special traditions that other cultures and families experience as seen through a young child’s magical journey on Christmas Eve to discover what is really important during the holiday season.

Theater training at the Cape Ann YMCA provides young people an outlet to nurture their creative potential while developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theatre. The YMCA of the North Shore Theater Company– NOW Offering Theater Training Performance Opportunities at the Cape Ann YMCA!”

Heidi Dallin | YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist

Theatre Kids Save the dates –

  • For the first week only: 5-9 year olds will meet Friday, October 29 from 4-6 pm for a skills workshop and intro to the play
  • 10-18 year olds will meet Saturday, October 30 from 10 am to 12 pm for a skills workshop and intro to the play. 
  • Please note the workshop meets Fridays, 4pm-6 pm and Saturdays 10am -12pm. However, student actor schedules will vary according to their roles and the scenes being rehearsed. All participants must wear sneakers to each session. 
  • The workshop performance of Holiday Delights will take place at 2 pm on Sunday, December 12 at Ames Hall in Salem.

Contact Heidi Dallin | Cape Ann YMCA (P) 978-283-0470 (E) dallinh@northshoreymca.org (W) www.northshoreymca.org

YMCA of the North Shore arts programs

Heidi Dallin | YMCA – Theater training classes coming here and beyond

Dallin is also running a program at Manchester/Essex Middle School. Look for their “Annie” notices soon!

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.