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Cape arts ahead: Orchestra and festival put modern spins on classic music and theater

CAPE COD TIMES – Live concerts will be back for the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s fourth season, beginning Aug. 29 with a “Season Kickoff & Serenade” concert that launches a new format.

The return comes after a year of virtual performances described as created through “digital innovation and pandemic limitations” for the ensemble led by founding music director Matt Scinto.

“I’m very grateful to our supporters for making a seemingly impossible online season work for our orchestra, helping us reach thousands of individuals and collaborating with great people and organizations here on Cape Cod,” Scinto said in the new season announcement. “We are supercharged and ready to get back to the magic of live concerts.”

The fourth season will then take the orchestra to other towns. Upcoming Oct. 23-24 will be a “Ghost Hunters” program in Chatham and Harwich Port, examining the story of Liza Tower Hill, the “Witch of Barnstable,” plus ghost stories and music by Vaughan Williams, Bartok and Haydn. In mid-November, the orchestra will move to Martha’s Vineyard and Yarmouthport with a “Shaw, Barber & Tchaikovsky” program that will also feature “Entr’acte,” written by Caroline Shaw in 2011. A December show will turn the typical Christmas concert on its head with a theme of “Summer Holiday” in Chatham and Harwich Port, with soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper singing for Barber’s “Knoxville, Summer of 1915,” plus works by Price and Ives, to benefit WE CAN as it celebrates 20 years of women-empowerment programs.

For 2022, the orchestra returns in February to the automobile barn at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, where it performed a remote concert. The new “CCCO @ Heritage: Walker, Copland, Forrest & Beethoven” will feature the world premiere by composer-in-residence Cody Forrest showcasing CCCO cellist Joseph Gotoff.

The season will conclude April 9-10 in Chatham and Harwich Port with “The Lark Ascending,” a collaborative concert with Mass Audubon and Wild Care Cape Cod. Concertmaster Jean Huang will be featured in Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending,” while a quintet of woodwinds takes on Peteris Vasks’ “Music for Fleeting Birds,” and the concert concludes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.

The chamber orchestra’s stated mission is to connect local arts communities and people in an inclusive way, and spotlight living composers as well as music from the classical canon. Tickets and information:, 508-432-1668, or at the door.

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