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

Print out and share!

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.

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 

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

West Parish 5th Grade play 2021 is…Bye Bye Birdie! Put on a happy face 😃🐤🐤 Free watch Friday & Saturday!! #GloucesterMA

Awesome news from Heidi Dallin – Happy musical for Happy spring!


Here is the link for the West Parish show. The show is free and you can watch anytime on Friday and Saturday (this week)  but you must sign up for the event to get the link. The Bye Bye Birdie young performers’ edition is about an hour long. Please share!

-Heidi Dallin

Support the students’ efforts and arts in Gloucester Public Schools. There’s a decades long tradition of 5th grade plays.

West Parish’s 5th grade production of Bye Bye Birdie Jr (YPE)We are so excited to share with you this year’s 5th grade show, Bye Bye Birdie (young performers edition)www.eventbrite.com

Theater history trivia-

Who starred in the original Broadway production? Answer below 🙂

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop Accepting Students for Winter Session

WINTER YOUTH PROGRAMS SET FOR GLOUCESTER STAGE
Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop
Accepting Students For Winter 2020 Session
NEW Classes in Advanced Acting for Teens Ages 14 and Older
plus Monologue & Song Audition Prep and Costume Design
Winter Session Begins February 28 !

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop is now accepting students ages 5-18 for the 2020 Winter Session of professional arts instruction: Advanced Teens Ages 14 and older: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Saturdays at 10 am. Children Ages 5-10 years old: Fridays at 4:30 pm and Saturdays at 8 am. Teens Ages 11-13 years old: Saturdays at 8 am. The Youth Acting Workshop Winter 2020 Session features expanded instruction time of four class hours per week, an Advanced Acting Class for Teens and scholarship opportunities. Students will receive instruction in acting, directing, play writing, vocal production, improvisation, creating characters and the world of the play and costume design during the six week session. Acting teacher, director and award winning actress Gloucester native Heidi Dallin will be joined by guest instructors: Danvers native and Tufts University grad Sarah Vandewalle to teach personal expression through writing a monologue; Costume Designer of YAW’s annual production of Holiday Delights, Gloucester native and New York University grad with an MFA in Costume Design , Jennifer Greeke, to teach Costume Design and Gordon College grad Marion Wolter to teach expressing yourself through song and auditioning for musical theater. Students will write and perform personal monologues as well as learn and perform contemporary musical theater songs and design costumes for each project. Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops are designed to provide young people 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. Registration is open for the Winter 2020 Session. Sibling discounts and Scholarships are available. Class size is limited and registration is on a first come basis. For further information and to register, call 978-283-6688 or visit http://www.gloucesterstage.com/youth-actors-workshops/

Youth Acting Workshop students perform at Gloucester Stage
Photo 1: Stage Combat from the Advanced Teen Class: Gloucester’s Brendan Heanue, 15; Anita Magee, 15; Gabrielle Cros, 14 and Anya Lichtenwald, 16
Photo 2: L to R: Gloucester’s Anita Magee, 15 & Gabriel Magee, 13,
Photo 3: L to R: Gloucester’s James Towne, 9; Gabrielle Cros, 14
Photo 4: Foreground: Gloucester’s Bezzie Strong, 14; Background: Anya Lichtenwald, 16
Photo 5:Foreground: Gloucester’s Bianca Numerosi, 7; Background: Calvin Lee, 8
Photo 6: Gloucester’s Brendan Heanue, 15
Photo 7: L to R: Gloucester’s Stella DiMercurio; Rockport’s Julia Drost
Photo 8: Gloucester’s Onni Gibson
Photo 9: Gloucester’s Elliana Parsons, 12

photo credit: Emily Harney

GloucesterCast 357 with Chris McCarthy, Jim Dalpiaz, Nancy and Daniel Egger, Fran White, Tom Mannle, Heidi Dallin, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/015/19

GloucesterCast 357 with Chris McCarthy, Jim Dalpiaz, Nancy and Danielle Egger, Fran White, Tom Mannle, Heidi Dallin, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/015/19

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Topics Include:
Nancy and Danielle Egger New Owners Of Last Stop Variety
Chris brought coffee rolls from Mom’s kitchen
Jimmy brought chicken salad with cranberry from Donut Jim’s
My lobstermen have been asking for a Chris McCarthy lobster spreadsheet update
Chris McCarthy review’s A Lifespan of a Fact
Young Playwright’s Festival Tuesday At Gloucester Stage
Why is Heidi Dallin Not On Facebook?
Yeti Coolers are outrageously priced so why do I keep looking for them on sale?
Patriots vs Dolphins prediction vs the spread -18.5
Patriots- Joey, Fran White, Heidi, Nancy and Daniel Egger, Joey , Jim Dalpiaz, Kim Smith, Dolphins- Tom Mannle, Dolphins Moneyline Chris McCarthy +850
Why is Pat Dalpiaz driving a rental car?
Yella and Lobstaland Blackened Fish
Tom Mannle from Cape Ann Symphony
Chris McCarthy Red Underpants

GloucesterCast 357 with Chris McCarthy, Jim Dalpiaz, Nancy and Daniel Egger, Fran White, Tom Mannle, Heidi Dallin, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/015/19

GloucesterCast 357 with Chris McCarthy, Jim Dalpiaz, Nancy and Danielle Egger, Fran White, Tom Mannle, Heidi Dallin, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/015/19

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Topics Include:
Nancy and Danielle Egger New Owners Of Last Stop Variety
Chris brought coffee rolls from Mom’s kitchen
Jimmy brought chicken salad with cranberry from Donut Jim’s
My lobstermen have been asking for a Chris McCarthy lobster spreadsheet update
Chris McCarthy review’s A Lifespan of a Fact
Young Playwright’s Festival Tuesday At Gloucester Stage
Why is Heidi Dallin Not On Facebook?
Yeti Coolers are outrageously priced so why do I keep looking for them on sale?
Patriots vs Dolphins prediction vs the spread -18.5
Patriots- Joey, Fran White, Heidi, Nancy and Daniel Egger, Joey , Jim Dalpiaz, Kim Smith, Dolphins- Tom Mannle, Dolphins Moneyline Chris McCarthy +850
Why is Pat Dalpiaz driving a rental car?
Yella and Lobstaland Blackened Fish
Tom Mannle from Cape Ann Symphony
Chris McCarthy Red Underpants

GloucesterCast 356 with Chris McCarthy, Charleen Delaney, Ken Reihl, Bev Low, Lindsay Crouse, Derek Speedy, Heidi Dallin, Bob Walsh, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/08/19

GloucesterCast 356 with Chris McCarthy, Charleen Delaney, Bev Low, Ken Reihl, Lindsay Crouse, Derek Speedy, Heidi Dallin, Bob Walsh, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/08/19

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Total Lobsters Caught = 25 Costs  $540 on bait, traps, buoys, supplies. Cost per lobster is $21.60 per lobster.

He started with 10 Traps.  He can Find 8 Traps.

Low Number Cape Ann License Plate Auction

Farmer’s Market Still Going

Drift Cafe Live Music
Jeff’s Variety
Drinking Money
Dinner At Tonno/ Drinks Dancing At Drift
Cape Ann Lanes Bowling Lanes
Hauled Out The Tide Together For The Storm
Gloucester BY Boat- The Launch Service Is A Total No-Brainer.

The Lifespan of a Fact at Gloucester Stage With Lindsay Crouse and Derek Speedy get your tickets here- https://gloucesterstage.com/lifespan/

GloucesterCast 345 with Warren Waugh, Cidalia Schwatrz, Cast Of The 39 Steps, Chris McCarthy, Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/14/19

GloucesterCast 345 with Warren Waugh, Cidalia Schwatrz, Cast Of The 39 Steps, Chris McCarthy, Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/14/19

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Topics Include:
Glorious Weekend
Pat Dalpiaz’ GMG  Local Oyster Specials Chart Is Live- Let us know if we’re missing anything
Bluefin Blowout Coming Up! July 25-27th www.bluefinblowout.com
39 Steps At Gloucester Stage- http://gloucesterstage.com/39steps/ 
Cast: AMANDA COLLINS, LEWIS D. WHEELER, PAUL MELENDY, GABRIEL KUTTNERWith Bob Walsh, Malachi Rosen and Heidi Dallin
Not-so-secret secret spot which we won’t reveal
Finally Got On Board The P/V Numnum (party vessel) and it was glorious
Split AC Units- Who installs AC, then layers winter pajamas and hoodies and then turns the AC down even more and runs the AC when it’s 60 degrees outside and turns on the bathroom heater while the AC is running?
Yella

 

SANPSHOTS FROM SUPER FUN PODCAST WITH “THE 39 STEPS” DIRECTOR BOB WALSH AND CAST AMANDA COLLINS, ‘NAKED GUY’ PAUL MELENDY, LEWIS WHEELER, GABRIEL KUTTNER, CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, AND RAYMOND BABBITT

Don’t miss The 39 Steps, a thriller/love story/comedic stage adaption of Alfred Hitchckock’s thriller of the same name, now playing at the Gloucester Stage Company. Directed by Bob Walsh and starring Amanda Collins, Lewis D. Wheeler, Paul Melendy, and Gabriel Kuttner, with foley artist Malachi Rosen.

Check out our podcast with this supremely talented and hysterical cast, airing tonight at 8pm. 

Purchase tickets HERE

 

SNAPSHOTS FROM “NONNA, WHAT IS ST. PETER’S FIESTA” AT THE GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY!

On the Saturday during Fiesta, my granddaughter Charlotte and I had the joy of attending Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta, a Gloucester Stage Company original adaption of the beautiful book of the same name, written by Laura Ventimiglia. The production was fantastic, the kids wonderfully talented, and I think it was so successful that Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta is going to become a tradition at Gloucester Stage.

Many, many thanks to Laura and Heidi for inviting Charlotte and I. Charlotte, who is not quite two, had a wonderful time–the show is appealing to a wide range of ages–from the very youngest to the very oldest nonnas and nonnos in the audience.

Laura and her grandchildren

Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta: 

NARRATOR- Gianna Ferace

JOEY- Bianca Numerosi

AMELIA- Lia Sophia Numerosi

JACOB- Nathan Gorman-Melo

NONNA- Emily Grace

MR. AMATORE- Finn Wall

ST. PETER- Naia Gibson

LOCAL FISHERMEN/STORM- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Miranda Joyce, Sophie Camera Murray, , Schuylar Corbett April Smith, Oni Gibson, Benjamin Pixley . Mia Jaworski, Anya Lichtenwald. Alexis Thomas, Olivia Philbrook, Miranda Joyce

MRS. VITTORIA- Lucy Camera Murray

FAMILY- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Miranda Joyce,

COUSINS- Sophie Camera Murray, Emerson Philbrook

MR. MARINO- AJ Porcello

MR. BRUNO- April Smith

MISS NICOSIA- Gabi Cros

SEINE BOAT ROWERS- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Anya Lichtenwald, Alexis Thomas

GREASY POLE WALKERS- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, AJ Procello, Alexis Thomas, Benjamin Pixley, Schuylar Corbett

Greasy Pole Flag: Emerson Philbrook

CARDINAL-Finn Wall

 

PRIESTS/ FLEET Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Miranda Joyce, Sophie Camera Murray,

Strega Nona: 

NARRATOR- Miranda Joyce

STREGA NONA- Brady Patten

NONA’S CAT- Oni Gibson

TOWNSFOLK/ SPAGHETTI-  Emily Grace, Bianca Numerosi, Naia Gibson, Gabi,Cros, Lia Sophia Numerosi, Gianna Ferace,  AJ Porcello, Nathan Gorman-Melo, Lucy Camera Murray, Nate  Oaks, Anya Lichtenwald, Alexis Thomas

TOWNSPERSON 1- Mia Jaworski

TOWNSPERSON 2-  Finn Wall

TOWNSPERSON 3- April Smith

TOWNSPERSON 4- Schuylar Corbett

BIG ANTHONY- Benjamin Pixley

PASTA POT- Sophie Camera MurrayGrace Numerosi and Bianca Numerosi

Professional Theatre Training for Young People of All Ages Begins July 12 at Gloucester Stage

ACCEPTING STUDENTS NOW FOR

GLOUCESTER STAGE YOUTH ACTING WORKSHOP SUMMER 2019
Learn Acting, Develop Stage Presence and  Build Self-Confidence 
Limited number of Spots Available For Summer Session

 

CLASSES START FRIDAY, JULY 12 AT GLOUCESTER STAGE
 

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop offers professional theatre training for young people ages 5 to 18  on Fridays from July 12 through August 16. Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop provides young people an opportunity to develop self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as to introduce them to the skills necessary for professional theatre. A professional training program, the workshops include an introduction to theatre basics such as theatre games, improvisation, movement, vocal and physical expression, character preparation, scene study, storytelling, writing, public speaking and confidence building training. Award winning actress Heidi Dallin teaches acting in collaboration with Special Guest Instructors who offer specialized training in theatre related disciplines. Guest Instructors in past summers have included:  Academy Award, Grammy Award and Emmy Award nominated actress Lindsay Crouse; Punk rock icon Willie Alexander; and former SNL  and Parks and Rec cast member Brad Hall  plus classes in stage combat, Shakespeare, sword play, and costume and prop design. The 2019 Summer Session begins Friday, July 12 and meets on Fridays for two hours per week through Friday, August 16 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The students are divided in classes according to age: Children’s Class: 9 am to 11 am-5 to 8 year olds; Pre-Teen Class: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm-9 to 11 year olds; Teen Class: 2 pm to 4 pm-12 to 18 years old. Need based Scholarships are available for all age groups. . Call Heidi at 978-283-6688 to register or for more information or to register online  go to www.gloucesterstage.com