August 5, 2020
The Cape Symphony performs this extraordinary original multimedia work, featuring the powerful words of Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To quote Dr. King, "Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not-too-distant tomorrow, the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty."
“Beyond Bars” is by Bradley Williams, text by Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Letter from Birmingham Jail), narrated by Dr. Johann Buis and Rev. Dr. Joan M. Martin. This video is from the Cape Symphony’s January 2020 “Passport to Africa” concert, under the direction of Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director & Conductor.
August 4, 2020
The winners of the Cape Symphony's amateur conducting contest chose a piece of classical music and submitted a YouTube video of themselves conducting. Jung-Ho Pak, Cape Symphony Artistic Director & Conductor, reviewed the videos and handed out these very special awards to the deserving winners.
July 30, 2020
The highlight of Episode 6 comes from the Cape Symphony’s January 2020 “Passport to Africa” concert. This very special piece is “Beyond Bars” by Bradley Williams, text by Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Letter from Birmingham Jail), narrated by Dr. Johann Buis and Rev. Dr. Joan M. Martin.
Also in Episode 6, Jung-Ho interviews the winners of the Cape Symphony’s Baton Hero Competition, our amateur conducting contest.
Jung-Ho pays tribute to the legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who recently passed away at the age of 91. His scores for films like “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and “The Untouchables” were an indelible part of late 21st-century filmmaking. We feature Morricone conducting the Roma Sinfonietta in his own theme from “Cinema Paradiso.”
Episode 6 concludes with a speech from one of our greatest civil rights leaders, the late Congressman John Lewis, given on Arts Advocacy Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. In this video, Lewis speaks about the importance of the arts to the civil rights movement, and asks, “Where would our society be without the arts?”
01:25 Mairéad Doherty plays the Celtic harp
04:21 Winners of the Baton Hero Competition
31:02 Ennio Morricone conducts the Love Theme from “Cinema Paradiso”
37:57 Cape Symphony performs “Beyond Bars” by Bradley Williams, Text by Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King (“Letter from Birmingham Jail”), narrated by Dr. Johann Buis and Rev. Dr. Joan M. Martin
51:41 Congressman John Lewis speaks about the importance of the arts
Betsy Doriss Performed with the Cape Symphony and its Conductors for 44 Years
July 21, 2020
In the Cape Symphony's "ENJOY!" show Episode 5, Betsy Doriss, the Cape Symphony’s retiring principal oboist, talks to Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director & Conductor, about her experience performing with the orchestra for 44 years, under four different conductors. Betsy first played with the Cape Symphony under Osbourne McConathy in 1969. Jerry Cohen replaced McConathy in 1970 and led the orchestra for the next ten years.
Betsy was on the search committee for the next conductor, bringing Royston Nash from Britain to the Cape Symphony in June 1980. Royston conducted the orchestra for 26 years, and was succeeded by Jung-Ho Pak in 2007.
During Betsy’s tenure, Jerry Cohen grew the orchestra. In Royston’s time, the budget was larger, the orchestra gave more concerts, and the musicians grew closer, becoming more like a family. Throughout this period, the Cape Symphony remained a fairly traditional orchestra, until, as Betsy says to Jung-Ho, “You came.” Betsy observes that she’s had so many wonderful opportunities since Jung-Ho became the Cape Symphony’s conductor. Jung-Ho was a “breath of fresh air” for Betsy, and gave her the confidence to become a much better player.
July 21, 2020
This clip from the Cape Symphony's "ENJOY!" show Episode 5 features “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the film "The Mission," composed by the late Italian composer Ennio Morricone, performed live by the Cape Symphony’s retiring principal oboist, Betsy Doriss, and Madeleine Grace, organ.
Morricone was Oscar-nominated for the soundtrack to the 1986 film, with this piece as the main theme. Jeremy Irons played Father Gabriel, who enters a South American jungle seeking to convert an indigenous tribe to Christianity. Gabriel plays his oboe, intriguing and entrancing the suspicious tribesmen.
We share this performance with fondest memories of Betsy’s glorious 45-year career with the Cape Symphony.
July 21, 2020
In the Cape Symphony's "ENJOY!" show Episode 5, Betsy Doriss, the Cape Symphony’s retiring principal oboist, talks to Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director & Conductor, about how an oboe’s reed is made and how crucial the reed is to an oboist. Jung-Ho thinks of oboists as being fastidious because they play using a very small reed. Many make their own reeds, a challenging and often frustrating process. The oboe reed is actually a double reed, two pieces of bamboo that are tied together, creating a small opening. The reed is the most important part of an oboe player’s sound, and the way you make your reed is the way you’re going to sound.
Enjoy a live recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Concerto for Violin and Oboe,” third movement, performed by Betsy Doriss, oboe, Sarah Thornblade, violin, and the Cape Cod Sinfonietta conducted by Russell Patterson.
June 25, 2020
In Episode 5 of ENJOY!, we feature an amazing performance from the Cape Symphony’s April 2016 concert “Mozart, At Last!” Jae Cosmos Lee, our Cape Symphony Concertmaster, takes the lead with an extraordinary ensemble of Cape Symphony musicians in the second movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.
Also in Episode 5, Jung-Ho interviews Betsy Doriss, the Cape Symphony’s principal oboist, who is retiring. We’re so lucky to have had such an amazing musician and person as part of the Cape Symphony.
Pak’s Pick features a rare video of legendary guitarist Les Paul and Mary Ford, showcasing their talents and their sense of humor.
01:28 "Violin Concerto No. 5," second movement, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Jae Cosmos Lee, Concertmaster, and the Cape Symphony
13:36 Jung-Ho interviews Betsy Dorris, retiring Cape Symphony Principal Oboist
18:27 "Concerto for Violin and Oboe," third movement, by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Betsy Dorris, Sarah Thornblade, violin, and the Cape Cod Sinfonietta conducted by Russell Patterson
40:53 “Didn’t I Dance” performed by The Pioneer Valley Girls
48:05 Pak’s Pick: Les Paul and Mary Ford perform “There’s No Place Like Home”
55:21 "Gabrielle’s Oboe" by Ennio Morricone, performed by Betsy Dorris, oboe and Madeleine Grace, organ
June 19, 2020
Jung-Ho interviews Kyle Spraker, the Cape Symphony’s Principal Trumpet. Kyle talks about his various roles as trumpeter, teacher, and director of community outreach and education. Kyle shows us one of his young trumpet students playing a bit of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” – truly adorable.
After our Perfectly Paired” concert, originally scheduled for April, was postponed to April 2021 due to the pandemic, Kyle got in touch with the rest of the Cape Symphony trumpet section, Tobias Monte and Andrew Moreschi. They put together a challenging excerpt from “Concerto for Orchestra” by Bela Bartok, so you can enjoy that video too.
Finally, Kyle also shares his performance of “Concerto de Aranjuez” by Joaquin Rodrigo with his wife, Maria Rindenello Spraker, an incredibly talented harpist.
June 15, 2020
This clip from the Cape Symphony's "ENJOY!" show features Quartett Giocosa performing “Danse Macabre,” a tone poem by Camille Saint-Saens.
Quartett Giocosa is Heather Goodchild Wade, violin; Irina Fainkichen, violin; Irina Naryshkova, viola; and Elizabeth Schultze, cello. “Giocosa” means “joy” in Italian, and this quartet of Cape Symphony musicians delivers joy in every performance.
June 3, 2020
In Episode 4 of ENJOY!, Jung-Ho interviews Kyle Spraker, the Cape Symphony’s Principal Trumpet. Kyle talks about his various roles as trumpeter, teacher, and director of community outreach and education.
Episode 4 also features Quartett Giocosa performing “Danse Macabre,” a tone poem by Camille Saint-Saens. “Giocosa” means “joy” in Italian, and this quartet of Cape Symphony musicians delivers joy in every performance.
Pak’s Pick features Igor Stravinsky conducting the orchestral suite from his ballet “The Firebird.” Leonard Bernstein introduces this performance with the New York Philharmonic.
02:00 “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saens, performed by Quartett Giocosa
06:57 Jung-Ho interviews Kyle Spraker, Cape Symphony Principal Trumpet
16:37 Excerpt from Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra" featuring the Trumpt Section of the Cape Symphony
27:15 “Concerto de Aranjuez” by Joaquin Rodrigo, performed by Kyle Spraker and Maria Rindenello Spraker
22:17 Pak’s Pick: Stravinsky conducts “The Firebird”
May 21, 2020
Check out this amazing performance from the Cape Symphony’s 2016 concert “The Silk Road and Beyond.” A traditional Korean Drum Dance, Samgomu is sometimes called "three drum dance" or standing "drum dance." Each dancer is surrounded on three sides by drums, which are hung on square frames. The drums are positioned so that dancers can hit each one as they play complex rhythms and move in perfect synchronization. Jung-Ho commissioned ""Impressions of Cheonmachong" by composer Kyle Newmaster and the Cape Symphony performed the world premiere at this concert with these fantastic drummers, choreographed by Brooke Newmaster. It’s spectacular!
May 19, 2020
For the Cape Symphony’s 2016 concert “The Silk Road and Beyond,” Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak commissioned composer Kyle Newmaster to compose a piece for Samgomu, a traditional Korean drum dance. Kyle's sister Brooke created the choreography. Jung-Ho talks to Brooke and Kyle about "Impressions of Cheonmachong," a new concerto for Samgomu and orchestra.
May 18, 2020
Jung-Ho interviews the Cape Symphony’s new executive director, Mike Albaugh. Jung-Ho and Mike first met many years ago at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, when Jung-Ho was a guest conductor for the World Youth Orchestra. Mike came in to direct the music education program, and hired Jung-Ho to join the music faculty. The two worked together for six years, and are thrilled to be working together again. Check out the first part of their conversation.
May 18, 2020
Jung-Ho interviews the Cape Symphony’s new executive director, Mike Albaugh. Jung-Ho and Mike first met many years ago at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, when Jung-Ho was a guest conductor for the World Youth Orchestra. Mike came in to direct the music education program, and hired Jung-Ho to join the music faculty. The two worked together for six years, and are thrilled to be working together again. Check out the second part of the interview to hear more of their conversation and discover Mike’s secret talent!
May 14, 2020
Episode 3 of ENJOY! features an amazing performance of a Korean drum dance from the Cape Symphony’s 2016 concert “The Silk Road and Beyond.” It’s visually and musically spectacular.
Also in ENJOY! Episode 3, Jung-Ho interviews the Cape Symphony’s new Executive Director, Mike Albaugh. Check out the interview to hear their conversation and discover Mike’s secret talent!
Pak’s Pick is a quartet of classical musicians performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 on a New York City subway platform. Most people walk by without paying attention to this beautiful concert happening in their midst. Then…watch what happens!
00:52 "Concerto for Samgomu" Korean Drum Dance
19:51 Interview with Michael Albaugh, new Executive Director of the Cape Symphony & Conservatory
22:17 Pak’s Pick
May 8, 2020
Enjoy the Cape Symphony’s world premiere performance of “Soaring Over the Sound,” a unique celebration of Cape Cod's natural beauty.
This extraordinary multimedia piece was the result of a labor of love, combining the efforts of aerial videographer and editor Tom Chartrand and composer Matt Correia in collaboration with Cape Symphony Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak. The commission of the original music was sponsored by the nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust.
“Soaring Over the Sound” was part of the Cape Symphony's “Beethoven on the Cape” concert in September 2019.
May 6, 2020
In this excerpt from ENJOY! Episode 2, Jung-Ho Pak talks to an incredibly talented young woman named Clarissa Bevilacqua. Clarissa is the winner of the Cape Symphony International Online Violin Concerto Competition.
To discover a truly creative artist who would perform at the Cape Symphony's May 2020 “Visions: Mozart & Mahler” concert, we decided to hold a competition via video auditions to make it easy for anyone from anywhere to enter. The positive response to our competition was overwhelming! We received over 60 high-quality applications from across the United States and all over the world, including Iceland, Russia, and Peru.
A true violin prodigy, Clarissa would have been an outstanding guest artist for the May 2020 concert. Sadly, the pandemic forced us to cancel the concert, but Clarissa will definitely join us in the future. Enjoy her conversation with Jung-Ho, a glimpse of her award-winning performance, and a special demonstration of her talent. Congratulations to Clarissa!
April 30, 2020
In Episode 2 of ENJOY!, Jung-Ho talks to an incredibly talented young woman named Clarissa Bevilacqua. Clarissa is the winner of our Cape Symphony International Online Violin Concerto Competition. Enjoy her conversation with Jung-Ho, a glimpse of her award-winning performance, and a special demonstration of her talent. Congratulations to Clarissa!
ENJOY! Episode 2 also showcases the Cape Symphony’s world premiere performance of “Soaring Over the Sound,” an extraordinary piece created by videographer Tom Chartrand and composer Matt Correia in collaboration with Jung-Ho. The commission of the original music was sponsored by the nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust. “Soaring Over the Sound” was part of our “Beethoven on the Cape” concert from September 2019.
00:40 Arturo Toscanini (Pak’s Pick)
09:55 Interview with Clarissa Bevilacqua, Violinist
22:17 Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, 3rd movement
36:14 Bach Sonata #2 for Unaccompanied Violin, Andante
41:34 Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pak’s Pick)
43:01 Soaring Over the Sound
Pão de Queijo recipe:
Clarissa’s entire award-winning performance of the Violin Concerto No. 5 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: View video
April 23, 2020
Composer Barak Schmool wrote "20th Meridian," a journey through the African countries along the line of longitude 20 degrees east of Greenwich, England. The piece was composed specifically for the Cape Symphony, led by Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak, to perform with the trio Chesaba: Abel Selaocoe on cello, Sidiki Dembélé on on African drums djembe, kora, ngoni, and calabash, and Alan Keary on bass guitar. This video excerpt from the January 2020 performance at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center features the first three movements of "20th Meridian" - Libya, Mali, Niger.
April 16, 2020
Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak has created this amazing new video show just for you! It’s called “Enjoy!” and we’ll be sharing episodes every other week in our newsletter and on social media. Episode 1 includes an interview with pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton and video from our world premiere performance of “20th Meridian” starring our incredibly talented musicians and our special guests Abel Selaocoe, Sidiki Dembélé, and Alan Keary.
01:44 Interview with Christina and Michelle Naughton
03:54 Excerpts from Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos
09:47 Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir” for Four Hand Piano
17:11 Chris Thile plays Bach (Pak’s Pick)
22:50 “20th Meridian” with special guests Abel Selaocoe, Sidiki Dembélé, and Alan Keary
March 26, 2020
In these challenging times, Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak shares a message of hope. We all make each other much better. Together, WE are a symphony.
December 20, 2019
Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters and best wishes for the holiday season!
November 25, 2019
The Cape Symphony is looking for a talented violin player, and we're searching the whole world. For the minimal cost of only $5, you could win $5,000 and the chance to perform with a professional orchestra in one of the world’s most sought-after destinations. Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak explains how the competition works in this video. Read all the details and apply here.
October 10, 2019
Henry Mancini: his name means movie magic. Classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther, and Charade came to life thanks to Henry Mancini’s stylish scores and songs. Join the Cape Symphony on Saturday October 12 and Sunday October 13 for this magical concert featuring special guest Monica Mancini. Get tickets at Mancini at the Movies.
August 22, 2019
In this lively video, Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak talks about his approach to creating amazing experiences for the audience and why it's so important that at the Cape Symphony, our mission is to inspire joy. You'll see highlights of our extraordinary musicians and guest artists. Visit capesymphony.org to learn more about our upcoming events.
August 7, 2019
Our season opener features music inspired by nature, and in particular, by Cape Cod. With the help of the Harwich Conservation Trust, we’re creating a multimedia experience with an aerial view of our beautiful Cape landscapes accompanied by an evocative new soundtrack. Cape Cod videographer Tom Chartrand of Shoreline Media Productions filmed the incredible footage, and we've commissioned composer Matt Correia to create the "Soaring Over the Sound" music. Learn more and get tickets at Beethoven on the Cape, September 21-22, 2019.
August 3, 2019
"Oceana" is a multimedia collaboration between composer Stella Sung and marine underwater filmmaker Annie Crawley. The goal is to help create a deeper understanding and appreciation for the wonders of the oceans. "Oceana" will be a highlight of the Cape Symphony's September 21-22, 2019 concert, Beethoven on the Cape.
June 24, 2019
Opera Without Words
January 2, 2019
John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration
May 1, 2017