Cape Cod is certainly not without its share of local ghost legends and lore, some of which will be topics for the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s upcoming program, “Ghost Hunters,” on October 23 and 24. The program on Saturday, October 23, will be held at St. Christopher’s Church in Chatham and will start at 7 PM. The Sunday, October 24, show at 3 PM will be held at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwich Port.
“Ghost Hunters” conjures up spooky Cape Cod folklore in a program of ghost stories and chamber music starting with Liza Tower Hill, otherwise known as the “Witch of Barnstable,” said to have danced on Mary Dunn Pond nightly with a crew of otherworldly creatures.
Composer Franz Joseph Haydn leads the hunt as the audience engages in the search for the notorious Barnstable witch in his famous Symphony No. 73, “The Hunt.” Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Death of Tintagiles” tells the gloomy tale of a queen who captures a family, leaving others to attempt their rescue. The orchestra’s performance concludes with Béla Bartók’s “Divertimento for Strings,” written in 1939 as Europe postured for the dark times that loomed before World War II.
Both the Chatham and Harwich Port performances will feature a costume contest for audience members during intermission, with winners chosen by the orchestra members.
Tickets to “Ghost Hunters” are $35 general admission; children and students attend for free. Due to the pandemic, all guests will be required to wear masks for the duration of the concert, and tickets will be limited to allow for distancing in each venue. Tickets are available through the chamber’s website, by calling 508-432-1668 or at each venue door by cash or credit card.