Cape Symphony Announces New Season

Artistic director and conductor Jung-Ho Pak takes a few liberties with COURTESY DAN CUTRONA - Artistic director and conductor Jung-Ho Pak takes a few liberties with "Shake it Up," the theme of the Cape Symphony's 2014-2015 season. The new season gets under way in September and will include a number of firsts for the group.

The Cape Symphony (formerly the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra) is gearing up for a new season.

“There will be a lot of firsts,” said Jennifer Pitta, public relations specialist for the symphony, including the premiere of two new orchestra principals. Artistic director and conductor Jung-Ho Pak will also, for the first time, conduct the Cape Symphony in its performance of a work by Stravinsky.

The quality of the symphony has reached a level such that we can present these works which are new to us, explained Ms. Pitta. “They’ve reached the level where they are up to the challenge of it,” she said.

The season will open with “The Firebirds” on September 20 and 21, which will include Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite,” a violin concert by Aram Khachaturian, and the Russian Easter Festival Overture by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The two performances will feature violinist Lindsay Deutsch.

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Another first will be three shows in October devoted to old-time radio programming. “Radio Days” will feature radio of the 1940s complete with the hits of the day, commercials and appropriate sound effects.

The Cape Symphony’s November offering is “Opera’s Greatest Moments.” Another first, the two shows will be devoted to best loved arias, duets, and choral works including pieces from Rigoletto, Aida, La bobém, Madama Butterfly, Barber of Seville, Marriage of Figaro, and others.

The annual Holiday Pops concert, called “Holiday on Cape Cod” this year, will have six performances. Guest performers for the holiday show will include the Chatham Chorale as well as Siobhan Magnus, John Stevens, and Patrick Thomas. The Cape Cod Conservatory Dancers will also perform in the Pops concert under the direction of Jane Caputo. “Having a dance aspect in a concert is another exciting first,” Ms. Pitta said.

The Symphony’s New Year’s Day party will feature special guest star Peter Schickele, who has made a comedic name for himself for his “discovery” of P.D.Q. Bach, the illegitimate and surprisingly untalented son of J.S. Bach. The performance will consist of humorous parodies of familiar classical words and show tunes.

The upcoming season will offer the third installment of the “passport” series. This year’s featured country will be England. The Cape Symphony’s January concerts will highlight the motherland with works that range from Gilbert and Sullivan to the Beatles. The passport series will culminate with a trip “across the pond” in April with stopovers in London, Stonehenge, Oxford, and Bath.

“Rhapsody in Bluegrass: The Art of American Music,” will take place February 14 and 15, 2015. These performances will feature the return of the Annie Moses Band from Nashville.

“Walking Among Giants” in April of 2015 will feature Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 as well as Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Guest performer for the concerts will be Jon Kimura Parker on the piano.

The final show of the 2014-2015 season will be selections from Carl Off’s “Carmina Burana.” The two May performances will feature special individual performers along with the Chatham Chorale, and the Cape Cod Children’s Chorus.

Other highlights of the upcoming season will be Musically Speaking Talks by John Clark, which will take place prior to the Masterpiece Series concerts, as well as meet the artists events, which will be held throughout the season.

Tickets for all these performances are already on sale and can be purchased at capesymphony.org; in person at 1060 Falmouth Road in Hyannis; or by calling 508-362-1111.

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