May 13

You’ve probably heard rumors and rumblings about our new season – and if you were at the "Legendary Love Stories" concert, you also had a chance to hear from Jung-Ho about the amazing program he has created. Take a look at this quick sneak preview video.

Each concert is hand-crafted to create a truly special, joyful story we can share with you. Here’s some details about the first half of the season (and watch this space for Part II!).

We kick off the season with an amazing tribute to the beauty of our Cape Cod environment: Beethoven on the Cape. We’re working with the Harwich Conservation Trust on an aerial video of the Cape’s beautiful land and sea, which will be shown while the orchestra plays a newly commissioned piece, “Soaring Over the Sound.” The concert also highlights the work of two very interesting composers. One is Tan Dun, whose lovely “Secret of Wind and Birds” actually begins with bird songs broadcast from the musicians’ cell phones! The other is Stella Sung. Her piece “Oceana” highlights the incredible sounds of the oceans as well as the noise pollution from ships and underwater oil drilling that is damaging the habitat. Another ode to nature is Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, filled with babbling brooks, bird calls, and storms. Nature was vitally important to Beethoven, and in his time, going to the countryside to rejuvenate your soul was a common philosophy. The Cape Symphony will rejuvenate your soul with this ravishing experience.

In October, the focus is on the god of 1960s movie soundtracks, Henry Mancini. He wrote the jazzy scores to hits like The Pink Panther, Charade, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, among many others, and the songs he wrote for the movies, like “Days of Wine and Roses” and “Moon River” were chart-toppers. Monica Mancini, his daughter, has an amazing career of her own as a singer (she’s GRAMMY-nominated!), and she’ll join the Cape Symphony to sing her father’s songs and share stories of growing up in Hollywood during Mancini at the Movies.

Bach and Forth is an astounding Bach festival in one concert! This ambitious program will emphasize Bach compositions in the first half of the concert, like the Brandenburg Concerto number 5 and some beautiful chorales. We’ll be joined by Skylark, a group some of you may know from their appearances on the Cape. This vocal ensemble is one of the finest in the country and we’re so fortunate to have them here. Skylark will also be part of the second half of the concert, in which we go “forth” to hear modern interpretations of Bach, including Leopold Stokowski’s famous re-imagining of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue” (heard in Disney’s Fantasia) and Anton Webern’s “Ricercar” from Bach’s The Musical Offering.

For our annual Holiday on the Cape event, Jung-Ho was inspired by Bob Hope’s televised Christmas Shows for troops overseas. With the USO, Bob Hope traveled into military zones to entertain service members and bring them laughter and cheer. We’re going to have a Bob Hope specialist, Bill Johnson, as the legendary comedian, along with Cape Symphony favorites John Stevens as Bing Crosby, and Jessica Curran, Jennifer Dashnaw, and Anna McEntee as the Andrews Sisters. It’s going to be a heartwarming concert! Our friends the Chatham Chorale will join us as always, and there will be holiday carols, a sing-a-long, and all the joy the Cape Symphony can possibly share with you.

In a couple of weeks, we'll share some more background info about the second half of the season. Meanwhile, download the 2019/20 season brochure here and read about all the amazing experiences we have planned. You can subscribe to the 2019/20 Cape Symphony season today. Choose from a Masterpiece Series, CapePOPS! Series, or all eight concerts (buying all eight gets you a voucher for one free ticket to a 2019/20 Season Masterpiece concert!). Or, if you’re someone who likes to do things your way, you can Create Your Own Series – visit our website to get all the details. Subscriptions can be purchased now, and single ticket sales begin on June 24!

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