Event dates: Postponed

We regret that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020-21 Cape Symphony season will be rescheduled to 2021-22, because the Barnstable Public School buildings, including the Barnstable Performing Arts Center, will not be available to outside organizations during the 2020-21 school year.

Our musicians, staff, and trustees are all deeply saddened by this situation, as we know you are. We will greatly miss performing for you. Please know that we’re optimistic about the future, and we promise that when we return, the Cape Symphony experience will be better than ever!

If you were a 2019-20 Cape Symphony series subscriber, don’t worry: your subscription will be held for the 2021-22 season. Anyone with questions regarding subscriptions or tickets may contact the Cape Symphony Box Office at 508.362.1111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Due to employee furloughs, responses to inquiries may be delayed, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. The Cape Symphony office, including the Box Office, at 1060 Falmouth Road in Hyannis remains closed.

As we conclude our tribute to Beethoven’s 250th, we laud the genius who set the standard for perfection. Beginning with the intensely dramatic Leonore Overture No. 3, from Beethoven’s only opera, we’ll feature two of his most popular works, "Moonlight Sonata" and "Grosse (Great) Fuge." Join us for a journey with Beethoven the man, the idealist, the revolutionary. 

The pinnacle of our celebration is, of course, Beethoven’s very best: the towering Ninth Symphony. “Ode to Joy,” the final movement, is many things: a protest anthem, a celebration of music, a call for unity among all humankind. One of the reasons the Ninth is so special is that Beethoven was the first major composer to include the human voice in a symphony. Requiring a brilliant chorus, outstanding soloists, and an enormous (and enormously talented) orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth is perhaps the greatest triumph of Western classical music, and the perfect joyful end to our year-long celebration of Beethoven’s anniversary.

Guest Artists:

Chelsea Basler, Soprano
Laurel Semerdjian, Mezzo Soprano
Adrian Kramer, Tenor
Zachary James, Bass


All works by Ludwig van Beethoven





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