Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak selected these Listening Links for our upcoming December 2, 3 & 4 Holiday on the Cape performances especially for you. Enjoy!
Making their Cape Symphony debut, the astounding singers of ViVA Trio will present their gorgeous take on “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “O Holy Night,” among others. Watch their "O Holy Night" video.
ViVA Trio has a new concept album coming out in December called Winter Legends, featuring a storyline and characters based on Russian and Danish folklore. At Holiday on the Cape, they will perform their ethereal new single "Winter Spirits." Watch the "Winter Spirits" video.
The Chatham Chorale, directed by Joe Marchio, will perform "We Need a Little Christmas," a popular song from the 1966 Broadway musical Mame, with music and lyrics by the legendary Jerry Herman (who also wrote Hello, Dolly! and La Cage Aux Folles). Originally performed on Broadway by the late Angela Lansbury in the title role, this video features Lucille Ball in the 1974 film version. Lansbury was not chosen for the movie, but in this video from 2001, the beloved actress performs the number with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Chatham Chorale will also perform “Somewhere in My Memory” and “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas!” Written by renowned composer John Williams with lyricist Leslie Bricusse for the 1990 movie Home Alone, “Somewhere in My Memory” earned Grammy and Oscar nominations. “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas!”, also written by Williams and Bricusse, is from the sequel, Home Alone 2, released in 1992, and Bette Midler performed “Somewhere in My Memory” on that soundtrack. Listen to “Somewhere in My Memory” and “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas!” performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, conducted by John Williams himself.
The new Cape Symphony Dance Company will take the stage to present some favorite scenes from The Nutcracker by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. To get a little taste of what to expect, watch this video of the Royal Ballet’s Lauren Cuthbertson performing “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” at the Royal Opera House in London, and this video of the Bolshoi Ballet performing “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” two key scenes that will be included in Holiday on the Cape.
Holiday on the Cape will also feature a special presentation of “Carol of the Bells,” a Ukrainian carol based on traditional folk chants, conducted by Marika Kuzma, a noted Ukrainian-American conductor who is generously volunteering her services as a show of support for her mother country. Katya Tchoubar, the leader of ViVA Trio, is from Ukraine and will sing a verse in Ukrainian, followed by the Chatham Chorale singing the English lyrics. The song’s original name was “Shchedryk” which translates as “The Little Swallow,” and it was intended as a song for the New Year. In 1936, Peter Wilhousky wrote English lyrics, creating an iconic Christmas song. In this video, Genesis Sixteen performs “Carol of the Bells” in English, while a Ukranian choir performs the Ukranian lyrics to “Shchedryk” in this video.
Join the Cape Symphony for Holiday on the Cape on Friday, December 2 (4:00 PM & 8:00 PM), Saturday, December 3 (3:00 PM & 7:30 PM) and Sunday, December 4 (1:00 PM & 5:00 PM) at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis MA 02601. Seats are limited for the Saturday and Sunday matinee performances. Great seats are available for the other performances; don't miss out! We hope you'll join us for this heartwarming, joyous experience!