The Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra will present its season finale concert, “Toward the Sea,” on Wednesday, June 16, at 7:30 PM. Recorded at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, the event is a nod to local art, featuring interviews with artists Jackie Reeves, Richard Neal, and writer, poet and communications director Lauren Wolk, presented with music of Takemitsu, Vaughan Williams, Debussy and Rautavaara. In his selections, Matthew Scinto, music director for the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, aimed to capture the spirit of the cultural center. “I wanted to cater a program that I thought would fit the space, the people, and the art that surrounds us here in the hall. If there is anything we have learned this year, it is a deeper understanding of the importance art plays in our lives,” he said.
At the center of the concert program sits the piece “Toward the Sea” by composer Toru Takemitsu, featuring Zach Sheets, the principal flute of the Cape Symphony, and harpist Charles Overton. Mr. Takemitsu composed this piece after the environmental group GreenPeace commissioned him to write a work dedicated to its Save the Whales campaign. What resulted is essentially a meditation about the ocean, using Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick” as a source of inspiration. The orchestra will also perform the rarely performed “Death of Tintagiles” by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as music by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. While this concert will be presented for free, a virtual ticket can be purchased on the orchestra’s website to help support this program.
After a long year of virtual programs, the recent guidance from the state gives the orchestra the confidence that they will be able to resume in-person concerts in the fall.