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Cape Ann Symphony Celebrates Successful 65th Concert Season At Innovation House in Magnolia

Cape Ann Symphony Celebrates Successful 65th Concert Season

The Board of Directors of the Cape Ann Symphony hosted a pre-concert reception at Innovation House in Magnolia, MA  to celebratethe conclusion of the orchestra’s highly successful 65th season of concerts. According to Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor, Yoichi Udagawa, ” The 65th season was a resounding success! The musicians and I were so eager to share all the wonderful music with our audiences and the fabulous CAS audiences responded – All of the concerts in the 65th season were sold out! Bravo!”  Invited guests at the season ending celebration included major donors, diplomats representing Scandinavian countries, and members of Cape Ann’s Scandinavian community in recognition of the theme of thefinal concert of the 65th season: “Scandinavian Spectacular,” featuring works by Sibelius, Nielsen and Grieg. A proclamation from Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken designating the day of the concert, Scandinavian Heritage Day, was read to the crowd of overfifty people, along with similar proclamations from the other Cape Ann municipalities. Congratulatory notes from the consul generals of Norway and Finland were also shared with the reception guests.  Next season, the Symphony’s 66th, opens with a program called “Russian Fireworks” with two performances: Saturday, September 23 at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium and Sunday, September 24 in the Dolan Performing Arts Center at Ipswich High School.

All Photos Jeph Ellis

Scandinavian Spectacular Set for Cape Ann Symphony

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 65th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

SCANDINAVIAN SPECTACULAR

CLOSES CAPE ANN SYMPHONY65th SEASON On

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

Concert Features CAS Debut of RemarkableBlind Pianist

Yoo Jin Noh

Cape Ann Symphony wraps up the orchestra’s 65th Anniversary Concert Season on Saturday, May 20 at 8 pm with a Scandinavian Spectacular featuring stirring music from Scandinavian composers Carl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius and Edvard Greig and the CAS debut ofextraordinary  blind pianist Yoo Jin Noh at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. The Scandinavian Spectacular concert program features Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1;Sibelius’ Finlandia and piano phenom Yoo Jin Noh performingGreig’s gorgeous Piano Concerto. Maestro Udagawa is eager to bring the young soloist to Cape Ann, “Rockport Music’s David Deveau first introduced me to Yoo Jin Noh and I was so impressed with her ability. There is an incredible amount of musical talent in the Greater Boston area. All you have to do is hear some one like pianist Yoo Jin Noh to know that is true. We are looking forward to presenting this unique  talent to CAS audiences.” Ticket prices for the Cape Ann Symphony Scandinavian Spectacular concert 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 www.capeannsymphony.org.

Pictured: Guest Soloist Pianist Yoo Jin Noh

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Scenes and sounds from Cape Ann Symphony 65th Anniversary season Romantic Masters concert

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We were told that yesterday’s Cape Ann Symphony’s 65th Anniversary Season concert “Romantic Masters” was the orchestra’s most sold out March concert, ever. Great job, Heidi Dallin, on promotion!

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My son spotted Heidi’s name in the playbill and Yellow Sub, along with many other local names and arts supporters. It takes a village.

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By the way– kids tickets are $5 at these concerts. Area schools benefit from Cape Ann Symphony performance outreach.

Cape Ann Symphony’s next concert is: SCANDINAVIAN SPECTACULAR Saturday, March 20, 2017 8PM

Before setting off into the next piece, Musical Director & Conductor Yoichi Udagawa breaks down a mini music lesson excerpt with the orchestra. He has a signature foot lift when he conducts.

 

Here’s a snippet of glorious music. Can you name that tune?

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BOSTON SYMPHONY CELLIST MAKES CAPE ANN SYMPHONY DEBUT IN ROMANTIC MASTERS CONCERT ON MARCH 26

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 65th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

 

BOSTON SYMPHONY CELLIST MAKES

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY DEBUT IN

ROMANTIC MASTERS CONCERT ON MARCH 26

BSO Cellist Blaise Déjardin Performs Saint-Säens Cello Concerto

 

Cape Ann Symphony’s 65th Concert Season continues on Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm with the Romantic Masters Concert featuring the CAS debut of Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Blaise Déjardin at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. TheRomantic Masters Concert brings to life the humor of Rossini withLa Scala di Seta, the power of Dvorak with Symphony No. 8 and the elegance of Saint-Säens Cello Concerto with BSO cellist BlaiseDéjardin, while celebrating the richness and beauty of great music from the Romantic Era.

 

According to Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa, “The Romantic Masters program for March 26thfeatures the music of Rossini, Saint-Säens and Dvorak. The Rossini is energetic and fun-full of high spirits. The Saint-Säens is work of perfect proportion and balance. Virtuoso BSO cellist Blaise Déjardin will be the soloist. He is an amazing musician, and it is his first appearance with the Cape Ann Symphony. We are very excited to be working with him. The Dvorak Symphony No. 8 has one gorgeous melody followed by another and then another and then another! During the concert, we will take a few minutes to show the audience some incredibly intricate and beautiful details that are in the music, in the hope that it will add to their appreciation and understanding of the music.”

Born in Strasbourg, France, cellist Blaise Déjardin made his orchestradebut at age fourteen, performing Haydn’s C Major Concerto at the Corum of Montpellier, France. He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, as well as a founding member of A Far Cry. A dedicated chamber musician, he spent two summers at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists prior to joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2008. That same year, he gave the US premiere of Les formes du ventfor cello solo by French composer Edith Canat de Chizy. Read more

ROMANTIC MASTERS COME TO CAPE ANN SYMPHONY ON SUNDAY, MARCH 26

Concert Features Composers: Dvorak, Rossini Saint-Saens &

World Renown Cellist Blaise Dejardin

 Cape Ann Symphony continues the orchestra’s 65th AnniversaryConcert Season on Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm with Romantic Masters featuring the richness, beauty and power of music from the Romantic Era and the CAS debut of Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Blaise Dejardin at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. The concert program features Rossini’s La Scala di Seta, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 and internationallyacclaimed cellist Blaise Dejardin performing the elegant Saint-Saens’Cello Concerto. Ticket prices for the Cape Ann Symphony RomanticMasters Concert are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens and $5 forYouth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

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Photo: Marco Borggreve

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY HOLIDAY POPS

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THE 65th SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

 

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY HOLIDAY POPS

Featuring

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 www.capeannsymphony.org

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.”

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Great Music this weekend: Lanesville Music Festival , Cape Ann Symphony & more

Saturday is Lanesville Music Festival FREE starting at NOON with a Dance Party from 8:30-11pm featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates — only $10 at the door.  And if you’d prefer classical music to dancing you can go to the Cape Ann Symphony’s Big Night Big Music concert featuring Bernstein, Debussy and Respighi

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Then on Sunday 9/25 from 2-7pm go to The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence feat. Marina Evans, Jon Butcher, Fozzie Hill w/ Wolf Ginandes, Allen Estes, John Raymond Jerome & Fly Amero at Mile Marker One!  Free with donations accepted to support the North Shore Health Project.

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4 HUGE Weeks of Music Starting THIS SAT: Harvest Fest, Lanesville Fest, Symphony, Concert Across America and the New Season at The Larcom

It all starts THIS Saturday at 11am with the Gloucester Harvest Music Festival — Music All Day — like getting 8 concerts for the price of 1 — only $20 and kids are FREE!  GET TICKETS HERE.

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Next Weekend kicks off with the Lanesville Music Festival FREE starting at NOON with a Dance Party from 8:30-11pm featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates — only $10 at the door.  And if you’d prefer classical music to dancing you can go to the Cape Ann Symphony’s Big Night Big Music concert featuring Bernstein, Debussy and Respighilanesvilleposter

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Then on Sunday 9/25 from 2-7pm go to The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence feat. Marina Evans, Jon Butcher, Fozzie Hill w/ Wolf Ginandes, Allen Estes, John Raymond Jerome & Fly Amero at Mile Marker One!  Free with donations accepted to support the North Shore Health Project.

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Finally, on OCT 1 The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre Fall Concert Season kicks off with Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots and special Guest Dwight & Nicole right down the road in Beverly.

And if that wasn’t enough, you can see rock legend Edgar Winter (Johnny Winter’s little brother) the following week OCT 8 also at The Larcom.  Remember these hits?

Cape Ann Symphony Big Night, Big Music Concert

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THE 65th ANNIVERSARY SEASON:

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the launch of the orchestra’s 65thAnniversary Concert Season on Saturday, September 24 at 8 pm with the Big Night, Big Music Concert featuring symphonic masterpieces from Bernstein, Debussy and Respighi. The orchestra’s new season features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus in the annual Holiday Pops Concert in November 2016; a romantic concert in March 2017 featuring cello soloist Blaise Dejardin and a Scandinavian Spectacular in May 2017 with the remarkable blind pianist Yoo Jin Noh making her CAS debut. Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa is eager to open the CAS 65th Anniversary Season, “The 65th Season of the Cape Ann Symphony starts off with a Big Night, Big Music program of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Claude Debussy’s La Mer and Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome. These pieces are orchestral blockbusters, and the audience is going to go wild. We have Holiday Popsin November and in March, we are featuring virtuoso cellist Blaise Dejardin playing Saint-Saens gorgeous Cello Concerto. We finish the season in May with an all Scandinavian program with the remarkable pianist Yoo Jin Noh – blind since birth – performing the beautiful and lyrical Grieg Piano Concerto. We’re going to have an incredible season, and the musicians and I can’t wait to share it with our fabulous audiences.” All 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. Season subscriptions for the four concert season are available to purchase. Single ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, $5 for youth 18 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org

BIG NIGHT, BIG MUSIC

Performance: Saturday, September 24, 2016              8:00 P.M.

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off the 65th anniversary season with Big Night, Big Music featuring the thrilling music of Bernstein, Debussy and Respighi as well as showcasing the extraordinary talents of the CAS musicians. TheBig Night, Big Music program includes Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances fromWest Side Story; Debussy’s La Mer and Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

 

HOLIDAY POPS

Performance: Saturday, November 26, 2016               8:00 P.M.

Performance: Sunday,    November 27, 2016              2:00 P.M.

The Holiday Pops Concert, Cape Ann Symphony’s joyful holiday tradition, including an audience sing-along to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 26 at 8 pm & Sunday, November 27 at 2 pm. The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts joins the orchestra for this exciting celebration of holiday music.

 

ROMANTIC MASTERS

Performance:                Sunday, March 26, 2017        2:00 P.M.

The Romantic Masters Concert celebrates the richness, beauty and power of music from the Romantic Era on Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm. Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Blaise Dejardin joins the orchestra for the elegant Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto. The program also includes Rossini’s La Scala di Seta and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.

 

SCANDINAVIAN SPECTACULAR

Performance:                Saturday, May 20, 2017                  8:00 P.M.

Stirring works from Scandinavia are featured in Cape Ann Symphony’sScandinavian Spectacular on May 20 at 8 pm. The phenomenal blind pianist Yoo Jin Noh makes her CAS debut with the Grieg Piano Concerto. The CAS celebration of Scandinavia features audience favorite Sibelius’Finlandia and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1.

PLACE

Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium: 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible

SINGLE TICKET PRICES FOR CONCERTS

Adult/$40.00

Senior Citizens/$35.00

Youth (Age 18 and Under)/$5.00

Season Subscriptions are Available.

 For Information call 978-281-0543 or Visitwww.capeannsymphony.org

 

PHOTO: Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa Photo Credit: Jeph Ellis

 

The envelope, please! Nearly $310,000 Gloucester piece of MA’s 2016 art funding pie

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How did Gloucester stack up?

Read on to see the state’s Cultural Facilities Funding (CFF) totaling $221,000 plus Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) totaling $88,200 in Gloucester for 2016. It’s a safe bet that each resident in the City benefits from at least one of these 2016 projects.  Along with the categories below and others, make sure and think about next year’s application categories including the new festival grant category that will be due September 2016 for 2017 programming. Congratulations to all the recipients!

MCC ARTIST FELLOWSHIP -$12,000

Artist Erica Daborn, for artistic professional development. $12,000

MCC BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUS  – $600

Beeman School, O’Maley and Veterans $200 each for an educational field trip

CULTURAL FACILITIES FUND (CFF) – $221,000

Driven by the Boston Foundation, MA Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities (MAASH), the MCC and others after many years, this big pot that funds so many projects was part of legislation passed back in July of 2006. Maybe it will be increased by it’s 10th year anniversary summer 2017? Across the state over the past 9 years, “CFF has awarded grants of $91.9 million to nearly 700 projects across the Commonwealth. Demand for CFF grants continues to outpace supply…The new round includes 68 capital grants totaling $8.9 million and another 23 planning grants totaling just over $400,000. Grants range from $7,000 to $300,000, and must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other public sources.”  

Maritime Gloucester To construct a Student/Visitor educational Center on Harbor Loop. $116,000

Gloucester Stage Company To replace aging and limited lighting system with a state-of-the-art lighting grid, equipment and controls, and supporting electrical rewiring. $50,000

Manship Artist Residence and Studios (MARS) To conduct a feasibility study for the renovation of the Manship property as an arts and culture center with an artist residency program. $30,000

Rocky Neck Art Colony To install an acoustic ceiling treatment, a second AC unit, lighting upgrades, and integrated A/V projection and sound equipment to its Main Hall. $25,000

MCC CULTURAL INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO- $23,000

Cape Ann Museum to celebrate the art, history and culture of the region and to keep it relevant by offering quality exhibitions and programs for our communities, and beyond. $11,500

Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc.to establish, maintain, and operate a non-profit civic symphony orchestra in the Cape Ann area to foster, promote, and increase the musical knowledge and appreciation of the public through the performance of music at concerts and other functions; to provide an opportunity for Cape Ann area musicians to play as an orchestra; and to assist and encourage the musical development of Cape Ann students. $3,800

Maritime Gloucester to promote Gloucester’s maritime heritage as a platform for teaching maritime skills and marine sciences, and for encouraging environmental stewardship. $8,700

MCC JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS ART PROGRAM – $21,000

Rocky Neck Art Colony establish an Office of Cultural Development in the City of Gloucester to champion innovation in arts and culture, provide support for private and public cultural development, and invigorate the City’s cultural tourism agenda; to develop an inclusive, collaborative cultural plan for Gloucester to strengthen historic links between the city’s maritime culture, community and the arts. $21,000

MCC LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL (LCC)-  $7600

Allocation Gloucester $7,600 Thanks Rose Sheehan and the LCC volunteers on the committee for processing all the applications every year! This year’s 21 winners

Annisquam Historical Society Preserving Gloucester History $450
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe Season 2015-2016 $348
DiPrima, Jay Henry David Thoreau Lecture $250
East Gloucester Elementary School Rob Surette and His Amazing Hero Art $300
Harcovitz, Ruth Songs of World War II $250
LePage, Lucille Stories, Songs & More $571
Lundberg, Christine The Art & Craft of Folly Cove Designers Film $500
Manninen, Wendy Singing and Signing $300
Maritime Gloucester Association Off to the Races! Exhibit $700
Music at Eden’s Edge Connecting Kids to Classical Music $500
Northeast Mass. Youth Orchestras Youth Orchestra Honors Concert $350
Phyllis A Marine Association History Sharing Program $500
Rockport Music Jasper Quartet $400
Sawyer Free Library Printerbot Learning $464
Sawyer Free Library Cape Ann Reads $500
Sheehan, Rose Welcome Yule – Midwinter Celebration $500
Sheehan, Rose Cape Ann Contra Dance $450
Swift, Sarah Slifer Trident Live Art Series $400
Van Dyke, Juni The Note Card Project $350
Waller, Susan The Fiesta People’s Mural $250
Windhover Foundation Quarry Dance 5 $700

MCC CULTURAL DISTRICTS City of Gloucester – $9000

Gloucester’s downtown Cultural District. $4,000

Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. $5,000

MCC YOUTHREACH- $15,000

Maritime Gloucester and Action to provide hands-on marine and physical science instruction to at-risk 16-20 year-olds in collaboration with Action, Inc. $15,000

Get Ready for Cape Ann Symphony’s Season Finale with this Mesmerizing Look at Brahms

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Can you imagine a more spectacular climax to the Cape Ann Symphony‘s most spectacular season?  On Saturday (5/21) you can join Yoichi Udagawa and the top classical players on Boston’s North Shore for a stellar evening of music.  This kind of concert doesn’t come along very often.  Believe it or not, there are still tickets available for this Grand Finale. Get Tickets Here.

Watch this mesmerizing video to get you in the mood . . .

 

Cape Ann Symphony Features Trio of World Class Soloists for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

Lucia Lin, Owen Young and Robert Levin Share Stage with CAS for May Concert

Cape Ann Symphony’s May Concert features The Three B’s: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms: a trio of renowned composers; and world class soloists: violinist Lucia Lin, cellist Owen Young and pianist Robert Levin on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8pm at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. These three powerful soloists join the orchestra for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano. The Three B’s Concert program also includes the orchestra playing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, $5 for Youth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org

 

 

Cape Ann Symphony’s Global Tour on March 20

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 64th SEASON: A SEASON TO REMEMBER

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

 

Cape Ann Symphony Visits Spain, Germany & Japan in

A Global Tour Concert on Sunday, March 20

Concert Debuts World Premiere from Japanese Composer Koto &

Introduces Guitar Virtuoso Grisha Goryachev to Cape Ann

 

Cape Ann Symphony features a global musical tour with music from Germany’sBeethoven, Spain’s Rodrigo and a world premiere work from Japan’s Koto on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2pm at the CAS performance venue at 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, $5 for Youth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

The concert program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor; guest artist renowned guitar virtuoso Grisha Goryachev in his Cape Ann Symphony debut playing the exotic Spanish guitar concerto, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez; and the world premiere of Araumi to Nagi (Stormy and Calm Seas) from Boston based Japanese composer Takashi Koto. Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa is eager to take audiences on this musical journey, “The fantastic musicians of the Cape Ann Symphony and I are thrilled to be able to perform such a varied and colorful program to our fabulous audience.” He is enthusiastic about the music set for the concert, “Our March concert features the fiery and explosive power of Beethoven’sSymphony No. 5 – one of the most dramatic and well known works of symphonic music ever written. It is a favorite of audiences, and we musicians love to play it! The Russian American guitar virtuoso Grisha Goryachev will join us as the featured soloist playing the gorgeous Concierto de Aranjuez by the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. The concert opens with the world premiere of Boston based composer Takashi Koto’sAraumi to Nagi (Stormy and Calm Seas). Inspired by the rhythms used by taiko drummers, this exciting new work is a musical description of the sea.”

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CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 64th SEASON: A SEASON TO REMEMBER

 

Cape Ann Symphony Features Spain, Germany & Japan in

A Global Tour Concert on March 20

Concert Debuts World Premiere from Japanese Composer Koto

Cape Ann Symphony’s March Concert features a Global Musical Tour with music from Germany’s Beethoven, Spain’s Rodrigo and a world premiere work from Japan’s Koto on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2pm at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. The concert program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor plus guest artist renowned guitar virtuoso Grisha Goryachev in his Cape Ann Symphony debut playing the exotic Spanish guitar concerto, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and the world premiere of Araumi to Nagi (Stormy and Calm Seas)from Boston based Japanese composer Takashi Koto. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, $5 for Youth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org

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SELL OUT ALERT: Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops TOMORROW (SAT)!

Once again, we’ve got you covered with a sell-out alert while you can still get tickets. Sunday is sold out, but if you act fast, you can get into tomorrow’s Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops Concert. BUT … they won’t last long so CLICK HERE and get them now!

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY HOLIDAY POPS November 28th and 29th

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CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 64th SEASON: A SEASON TO REMEMBER

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

HOLIDAY POPS

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Tradition Returns on

November 28 and November 29

 

The Cape Ann Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops Concert, an exciting celebration of holiday music favorites including an audience sing-along, kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, November 28 at 8 pm & Sunday, November 29 at 2 pm. This joyful Cape Ann Symphony holiday tradition features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts performing songs of the season with the orchestra under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa. The  2015 Holiday Pops Concert features the return of “Yankee Swap!: White Elephant Gift Exchange” from Suite No. 4 “Cape Ann” for orchestra by Robert J. Bradshaw, a Gloucester based composer and CAS member. “Yankee Swap!” is a super fun musical take on the New England holiday tradition. “Yankee Swap!” wascommissioned by Cape Ann Symphony and premiered at the 2013 Holiday Pops Concert. 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, $5 for Youth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

Photos: Conductor Yoichi Udagawa

 

CHELSEA BERRY AT THE SHALIN LIU PERFORMANCE CENTER OCT 25 – BENEFIT FOR CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

Acclaimed singer Chelsea Berry will perform a solo concert of original vocals to benefit the Cape Ann Symphony.  Her exciting performance in the folk/pop/rock genre promises to be compelling and energetic.

Concert Tickets: $35 – General seating 2:00pm

Post-Concert Reception – 3 :30 pm

A post-concert reception will be held upstairs to meet Chelsea Berry. Live entertainment will be provided by guitarist Nate Weaver and vocalist Brittany Betts.  Refreshments will be served.

Post-Concert Reception Tickets: $15

Tickets for both the concert and reception are available at the Rockport Music Box Office, 35 Main Street, Rockport, through the website here or by phone at 978-546-7391.

About the Cape Ann Symphony:  Celebrating its 65th season, the Cape Ann Symphony has grown into a 70 piece professional orchestra that rivals any regional symphony in the country and features concert soloists throughout the year. The Youth Initiative Program gives 4th and 5th grade students their first exposure to Classical Music.  To learn more about the Symphony, click here. 

Meet Chelsea Berry

Chelsea Berry is a singer/songwriter with incredible edge, power, and finesse. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home on Boston’s North Shore.

A favorite among venue owners up and down the East coast, Chelsea’s commanding stage presence and energetic rock/folk/pop sound has begun bringing her across the U.S. as regular support for Livingston Taylor as well as headliner of her own shows from California to Washington, Minneapolis, New York, and everywhere in between.

Along with her solo shows, Chelsea frequently supports artists such as Chris Isaak, Jonathan Edwards, Jon Butcher, Chris Smither, Cheryl Wheeler, Marshall Crenshaw, Patty Larkin, and many others.

What a weekend!

Summer might be over, but the hot Fall music season has just begun.

TONIGHT (FRI) you’ve just got to go see Sarah and the Wild Versatile at Minglewood.  Here they are at our gimmeLIVE summer concert featuring Boston’s Rising Stars at the Cabot.

TOMORROW (SAT) Cape Ann Symphony‘s musical feast featuring “The most descriptive sex music ever written” (more on that in this post).  Get tickets here.

SUNDAY Lanesville Music Festival, featuring some of Cape Ann’s finest musicians.  (More on that in this post.)  Donations accepted at the door.

Remember, you live in one of the most culturally rich areas in the country, so get off your couch, get out and soak in the area’s extraordinary live music — there’s no other experience like it!

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THE SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR Features Mussorgsky, Ravel & Gershwin CAS Players Take Centerstage

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 64th SEASON: A SEASON TO REMEMBER

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

 The sultry concert program for the Symphonic Spectacular concert features passionate masterpieces including Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition,George Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Maurice Ravel’s Boléro. Members of the orchestra are featured in the classic works. Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a tour de force as orchestrated by Bolero composer Maurice Ravel. Mussorgsky originally composed Pictures for piano only and wrote the piece in memory of his close friend and artist Victor Hartmann who died suddenly at the age of 39. An exhibition of more than 400 of Hartmann’s works was mounted in the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg which Mussorgsky attended. Pictures at an Exhibition evokes a person strolling through the exhibit and stopping along the way to contemplate the various paintings and drawings on view.

BethMunnGriffinPercussionist Beth Munn Griffin

RandyOKeefeLeadTrumpetCAS Lead Trumpet Player Randy O’Keefe

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Cape Ann Symphony’s SEASON OPENING SPECTACULAR This SAT 9/26

CapeAnnSymphontFall2015You probably know Ravel’s Boléro from the movie “10” in which Bo Derek’s character called it, “The most descriptive sex music ever written.”

If you’re not so sure about that, perhaps you should come see the Cape Ann Symphony perform it, along with Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (all three of these comprising an extraordinary musical feast) this Saturday, Sept 26 at 8pm at MERHS Auditorium.  (I’m not sure, but I think it’s likely that the Symphony is playing Ravel’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  If anybody knows for sure, please comment on this post.)

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I’ve got two entertaining Boléro videos to warm you up:

The Copenhagen Philharmonic flash mob performing Boléro at Copenhagen Central Station.  (It’ll likely be quieter in the auditorium on Saturday — with better acoustics too.)

Here’s the famous scene from “10” (don’t be fooled, the first music you hear is Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet).  Wait for Boléro.  It’s worth it.

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