- 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!
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.
Chelsea Basler, Soprano
Laurel Semerdjian, Mezzo Soprano
Adrian Kramer, Tenor
Zachary James, Bass
All works by Ludwig van Beethoven
SYMPHONY NO. 9 “THE CHORAL"
LEONORE OVERTURE NO. 3
GROSSE (GREAT) FUGE