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Cape Youth Orchestra performed at State House December 1, 2015
HYANNIS, MA—December 1, 2015
The Cape Youth Orchestra performed in the rotunda of the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, December 1st in front of a festive crowd of State House personnel and visitors. The ensemble was invited to play by Senator Dan Wolf.
“I am incredibly proud of our youth orchestra students. They have come so far artistically and today was the culmination of those efforts. Senator Wolf's message, the venue and the audience response were so inspiring. The students made a lifelong memory today," said Cape Conservatory Managing Director, Stephanie Weaver.
Nearly 35 of the Cape’s most advanced and dedicated young musicians performed pieces including the conclusion to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the beautiful and moving “Meditation” from Thais, as well as some holiday favorites.
“My greatest regret is putting down the violin. Make the pledge that you will continue. Your music lights up the world,” Senator Dan Wolf told the students following their performance.
The opportunity was equally inspiring to the students, "That was really neat. I loved the resonance of the hall. The acoustics for Beethoven's Corolian were fantastic," said Concertmaster Sam Graber-Hahn, a Falmouth Academy student from Woods Hole.
As a program of the Cape Conservatory, the Cape Youth Orchestra is quickly become one of the preeminent youth orchestras in Southeastern Massachusetts since its creation in 2011. Members of this elite ensemble are guided and taught by the region’s top instructors including conductor Chris Schroeder and, most recently, renowned violinist Lindsay Deutsch. Additionally, through the Conservatory’s partnership with the Cape Symphony, the young musicians work directly with conductor Jung-Ho Pak in frequent side-by-side rehearsals with the professional orchestra and the Symphony’s over 70 musicians.
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On behalf of the Cape Symphony & Conservatory, I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to appoint Roland E. Valliere as President & CEO, effective November 9, 2015.
Roland is currently the President & CEO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO). Prior to his service with the MSO, he held the same position with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and also served as the Executive Director of the Kansas City Symphony. A native of Cumberland, Rhode Island, Roland views his appointment to the newly-created position of President & CEO of the Cape Symphony & Conservatory (CS&C) as a “career-defining” opportunity. As his background indicates, Roland is a seasoned symphony executive. He is also charismatic, hugely energetic, and entrepreneurial in spirit. The Board believes that Roland’s considerable experience will lead the Symphony & Conservatory to new heights. As the CS&C moves forward with its plans to build a first-class performing arts center for the Cape Cod community, Roland’s extensive fundraising experience will prove he is the right person, for the right job, at the right time.
The Search Committee recruited nationally for this position and has taken considerable pride in the fact that numerous candidates of Roland’s stature pursued the opportunity. That the CS&C has attracted candidates of this caliber is, in no small measure, testimony to the extraordinary foundation built over the past eight years by Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak and former Executive Director Jerome Karter. Roland inherits a vibrant organization, poised to move to the next level under his leadership. He will live on the Cape with his wife, Milisa, an abstract expressionist painter. The Vallieres have two grown children.
We are pleased to let everyone know that Roland has been able to arrange his on-going commitments to the MSO to provide for two visits to the Cape before November. These visits will coincide with the opening concert in September and the concert week in early October. The Board of Trustees and CS&C staff look forward to introducing Roland to the Cape community during these visits.
In conclusion, please allow me to thank the Search Committee for their tireless efforts in pursuit of a President & CEO. In finding Roland Valliere, they have succeeded beyond all of our expectations.
Elizabeth McNichols Dunning
Chair, Board of Trustees
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