For Beethoven on the Cape, we were inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds us every day on Cape Cod, and by nature itself. Our Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak has planned a program filled with bird song, ocean waves, and uplifting melodies in celebration of the environment.
Jung-Ho selected these links especially for you. Enjoy!
This performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (known as the “Pastoral” Symphony) is by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Royal Albert Hall. Beethoven said that the 6th Symphony was an “expression of feeling,” and you can certainly sense that as you listen. Unusually for Beethoven, this symphony tells a story – of a visit to the countryside – and evokes specific sounds of nature such as bird calls, a babbling brook, and a raging storm.
Charles Dutoit conducts the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in this performance of Tan Dun’s Secret of Winds and Birds at Carnegie Hall. This beautiful piece was commissioned by Carnegie Hall specifically for this group of the brightest young players from across the country. The idea behind the piece is, “What is the secret of nature? Maybe only the wind and birds know…” Dun explains, “It has always been a burning passion of mine to decode the countless patterns of the sounds and colors found in nature.” He recorded bird sounds on six ancient Chinese instruments, then put the recordings on cell phones, creating what he calls “a poetic forest of digital birds.”
Get a sneak preview of the other two parts of Beethoven on the Cape: Oceana, featuring ship horns and the calls of humpback whales, and Soaring Over the Sound, a world-premiere multimedia experience starring our beautiful Cape landscapes.