The Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, under the musical direction of Matthew Scinto, has announced its 2019-20 season of four performances. The theme of the season is “Towards the Sea.”

“Towards the Sea” will begin with a commissioned project by composer Sam Wu based on the life of pirate “Black Sam” Bellamy in collaboration with the Whydah Pirate Museum.

The season will also include a commemorative piece for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to New England.

The seasons schedule of performances is as follows:

Sunday, October 20 at 3 PM: “Haydn the Pirate” at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Main Street, Route 28 in Harwich Port featuring the life and story of “Black Sam” Bellamy who, after becoming one of the richest pirates in history, goes down with his crew in 1717 aboard the Whydah during a violent storm off the coast of Wellfleet. Composer Sam Wu and the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra will premiere a new work depicting Sam Bellamy’s story. A pre-concert talk with Chris Macort of the Whydah Pirate Museum will take place at 2:15 PM.

“A Mostly English Holiday” will take place Sunday, December 15, at 3 PM at Pilgrim Congregational Church. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to this concert will benefit the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod. “A Mostly English Holiday” will feature “Fantasia on a Theme” by Thomas Tallis, “Sinfonia in G minor” by Johann Christian Bach, and “Sea Sketches for String Orchestra” by Grace Williams.

An Afternoon of Chamber Music will take place Sunday, February 16, at 3 PM and will feature an afternoon of chamber music selections that will include music for strings and winds by Dvorak, Brahms, Mozart and the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s composer-in-residence, Cody Forrest.

The orchestra’s season will come to a close on April 19 at 3 PM with a special commemorative work for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s journey to New England by Toru Takemitsu. “Towards the Sea” (1981) was commissioned by Green Peace for its “Save the Whales” campaign, featuring a movement dedicated to Cape Cod. The orchestra will also perform Gustav Holst’s “Green Brook Suite” and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40.”

Tickets to all Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra 2019-20 season concerts are $30 general admission, $35 at the door, and free for students and children. A season pass to all four concerts is available for $100. Tickets are available at, by calling 508-432-1668, or at the door by cash or credit card.

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