Cape Symphony Anniversary, George Winston, Aid for Ukraine
Happy birthday, Cape Symphony! It’s a big weekend for music as the Cape Symphony celebrates the 60th anniversary of its first performance with a nostalgic concert in Hyannis, featuring a top local pianist as a guest.
In South Yarmouth, internationally acclaimed pianist George Winston will return to the Cape Cod Cultural Center for three concerts just months before the release of his 16th album.
And in Provincetown, local pianist John Thomas will play a fundraising concert to help Ukrainians and refugees that will be both live and available to stream, with donations helping two charities offering direct aid.
Cape Symphony celebrates 60 years of music
Cape Symphony will reinvent a program from April 1962 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the orchestra’s first performance. Artistic director/conductor Jung-Ho Pak will conduct “Happy Anniversary, Cape Symphony!” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center, 744 W. Main St., Hyannis.
To help celebrate, pianist Jon Nakamatsu will return to perform with the Symphony Orchestra for the first time since 2015 as he too celebrates a major anniversary: 25 years since winning a gold medal at the International Van Cliburn piano. Nakamatsu, Co-Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, will perform music associated with Van Cliburn: Tchaikovsky’s iconic Piano Concerto No.
“A lot has changed since 1962, but one thing hasn’t changed: Cape Cod still needs its own orchestra,” symphony orchestra executive director Michael Albaugh said in announcing the concerts. “The Cape Symphony brought beautiful music to people of all ages then and continues to do so today – bigger and better than ever!”
The anniversary program features a wide variety of music from the original concert, including Mozart’s Impresario Overture, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves'” and French composer Emmanuel Chabrier’s Espana Rhapsody, based on his travels through Spain . Two pieces for soprano will feature Abigail Rethwisch: Gioachino Rossini’s “Una Voce Poco Fa (A voice there is little)” from “The Barber of Seville” and Louise’s “Since Day” from Gustave Charpentier.
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Tickets and information: capesymphony.org, 508-362-1111, [email protected]
COVID-19 protocols: masks and proof of vaccination required. If children are not fully immunized, they must test negative on a COVID-19 test administered by a third party (not a home kit). All Symphony staff and musicians have provided proof of vaccinations and will be wearing masks at the concert (except winds).
George Winston returns to the cultural center
After selling out three solo performances in 2019 at the Cape Cod Cultural Center, internationally acclaimed pianist George Winston will return there for three more shows this weekend in his only Cape Town appearance this year.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Monday and 3 p.m. Sunday at The Centre, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth.
Winston has released 15 solo piano albums over his 50-year career – including ‘Restless Wind’, described as a depiction of his place in a chaotic world – and is set to release a new album ‘Night’ on May 6.
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“Night” is described in the press release as “a vivid look at Winston’s nocturnal world where life begins each day at sunset”. In the works for two decades, “Night” features four original compositions by Winston, plus renditions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Allen Toussaint’s “Freedom For The Stallion.” The album is described as transforming “darkness into a prism of beauty”.
RCA Records released “Beverly,” the album’s first single, last month, and second single, “Hana (A Flower For Your Heart),” on March 29.
“‘Night’ is a collection of songs that I recorded in five different studios”, explains George Winston in a press release. “There is a natural wonder that only happens in the evening and ‘Night’ basically sets the clock from midnight to 7 a.m. With each dark hour that passes, day will soon come. The sun shines on the earth all day, it warms the oceans and forests, and wakes up the majority of the earth’s inhabitants, and at sunset, nocturnal animals wake up for nighttime activities, and there are feelings of loneliness and darkness. “uncertainty. All of this translates well for inspiration for compositions and interpretations of other composers’ pieces.”
Winston’s classic albums include ‘Autumn’ and ‘December’, with other work such as ‘Winter into Spring’, ‘Summer’, ‘Forest’, ‘Plains’, ‘Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit’, two volumes of Vince Guaraldi compositions, two volumes of Gulf Coast Disaster Charity Albums, and four additional solo piano albums.
Tickets: $50, $40 for members; www.cultural-center.org or 508-394-7100. To pre-order “Night”: https://GeorgeWinston.lnk.to/Night. Information: www.georgewinston.com.
“Music for Ukraine” in Provincetown
Pianist John Thomas will perform a concert of “meditative and uplifting” music to raise funds to help Ukrainians inside and outside their home country. The show will take place Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Provincetown at 236 Commercial St.
The concert will include Ukrainian folk melodies, compositions by Ukrainians and other music which, according to Thomas, is “intended to provide a sound environment conducive to reflection and action”.
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All donations raised at the concert will directly benefit the Ukrainian people, he said. Half of the donations will be sent to the International Rescue Committee and the other half to Oastea Domnului Chisinau, a church in Moldova that is directly involved in housing, feeding and assisting refugees crossing the southwestern border of Moldova. ‘Ukraine.
Social distancing and indoor masking rules will be in effect.
The concert will be streamed live on the “Great Music on Sundays @ 5” YouTube channel and will remain available for several days thereafter. Donation links will be listed below the viewing screen. More information: 508-487-9344.
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