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Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director




The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus

In A Festive Musical Celebration

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Annual Holiday Pops Concert, kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, November 26 at 8 pm & Sunday, November 27 at 2 pm. at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops concert features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts performing with the orchestra under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa. The Chorus and Orchestra join together to perform a wide selection of holiday favorites ending the festive concert with the annual audience sing-along. The Cape Ann Symphony concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens and $5 for Youth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit

The 2016 Holiday Pops program includes the orchestra playing Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival, Victor Herbert’s March of the Toys, Selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, Bach’s Little Fugue in g minor and Holcomb’s Festive Sounds of Hanukkah. The chorus joins the orchestra for Oso Shalom,Masters in This Hall, Let There Be Peace on Earth and Handel’sHallelujah Chorus. Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa is especially excited for this year’s Holiday Pops Concert, “The program is a celebration of the holiday season for the whole family. The orchestra will start off with selections by Leroy Anderson, Johann Sebastian Bach, Victor Herbert, Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky. The second half of the concert will include selections with the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus including Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. We always have music to celebrate Hanukkah and finish with our annual audience sing along. The orchestra and I love these concerts, and it’s a fabulous, joyful way to start the holiday festivities. We typically sell out these concerts, so we urge people to buy their tickets now.”

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 and 2015. The 75 plus member chorale under the direction of Rockport resident Wendy Betts is comprised mostly of North Shore residents, the majority of which live on Cape Ann. According to Betts, “The chorus this year numbers 75 strong, with many new faces and voices! We will fill the Manchester-Essex Auditorium stage! The overall sound is the best we’ve had yet and we are delighted to share it with everyone to kick off the holidays!”

A voice teacher and choral director, Wendy Betts is the Organist/Director of Music Arts at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield. She has an independent voice studio and teaches piano and voice. Ms. Betts leads vocal seminars with area vocalists and choral groups and shares music ministry with church and studio choirs in North of Boston rehabilitation centers. She is also the Founder and Director of Share the Music, a group of 20-plus singers who present favorites from the American Songbook each March. Ms. Betts’ vocal performances include several Victorian Parlor Concerts and two Emily Dickinson programs.wendybetts2010davidstotzerphotolowFounded 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. Mr. Udagawa is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory where he teaches conducting. 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.

Yoichi Udagawa, the son of a nuclear physicist father and singer/artist mother, was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1964. His family immigrated to the United States soon thereafter. He began playing the violin at age four and made his conducting debut at age fifteen. After receiving a music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, he continued advanced studies in conducting with Gunther Schuller, Seiji Ozawa, Morihiro Okabe, and Henry Charles Smith. A fan of many different styles of music, Mr. Udagawa also enjoys performing gospel music in addition to his conducting activities. He is also an accomplished violinist and an avid fan of exercise and yoga.

yoonstagemanchesterstotzer2013dsc9835a-11-11-2Cape Ann Symphony’s Holiday Pops is Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens and $5 for Youth (18 years old and under). For information, call 978-281-0543 or visitwww.capeannsymphony.orgconducting_closer_8348

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