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“Symphony at the Seashore” Show Notes

Cape Symphony returns to the Cape Cod National Seashore’s outdoor amphitheater in Eastham for the sixth Symphony at the Seashore concert on Thursday, August 24, 2023.

Guest Artists

Mozelle Andrulot, Vocals
Ella Mae Dixon, Vocals

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Program

About Today's Program

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Program

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key & John Stafford Smith, Arr. Livingston Gearhardt

CAPE COD SHANTY
Traditional, Arr. Dan Adams

ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
Burton Lane

FASCINATING RHYTHM
George Gershwin, Arr. Nelson Riddle

IT HAPPENED IN MONTEREY
Mabel Wayne, Arr. Nelson Riddle

NATURE BOY
Eden Ahbez, Arr. Frank DeVol

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
Alexandra Harwood

I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO
George Cory

AT LAST
Harry Warren

FLY ME TO THE MOON
Bart Howard, Transcr. Pfrogner

NIGHT AND DAY
Cole Porter, Arr. Axel Stordahl

SUMMERTIME
George Gershwin, Arr. Jimmy Carroll

LADY IS A TRAMP
Richard Rodgers, Arr. Billy Byers

THE LAMP BESIDE THE GOLDEN DOOR
Brett Abigaña

VARIATIONS ON A SHAKER MELODY FROM “APPALACHIAN SPRING”
Aaron Copland

ARMED FORCES SALUTE
Arr. Bob Lowden

THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER
John Philip Sousa, Arr. Brion/Schissel

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About Today’s Program

After opening with “The Star Spangled Banner,” the orchestra will swing into Dan Adams’s jaunty “Cape Cod Shanty.” Sung on the decks of countless working ships over the centuries, sea shanties helped alleviate the monotonous drudgery of a sailor’s life. The hallmark of the shanty genre’s flexible lyrical form is “call and response,” performed by a strong-voiced “shantyman” with the rest of the workers in chorus. “Cape Cod Shanty” is an orchestral arrangement of the famed call-and-response shanty “Cape Cod Girls.”

Cabaret and jazz vocalist Ella Mae Dixon of Wellfleet and New York City joins the Cape Symphony orchestra for the next four songs.

Burton Lane’s "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" was written for the 1965 Broadway musical of the same name, and made popular by Barbra Streisand in the 1970 film adaptation. As a longtime fan of Ms. Streisand’s, Ella Mae is thrilled to sing this song against the beautiful backdrop of the Cape Cod National Seashore!

Many recordings exist of George Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythm,” with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. When Tony Bennett recorded the song with Diana Krall in 2018, he achieved the Guinness World Record for the “longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by the same artist” (the first having been in 1949). The 1926 recording by Fred and Adele Astaire is in the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry of “culturally, historically or aesthetically important” American music.

“It Happened in Monterey” was composed in 1930 by Mabel Wayne for the film King of Jazz. Billy Rose wrote the lyrics about the city of Monterrey, Mexico; a misspelling led to its association with Monterey, California. The song was repopularized by Frank Sinatra in 1956, when he recorded the Nelson Riddle arrangement for the album Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!

Eden Ahbez is said to have written “Nature Boy” while living in a cave near Palm Springs, California. He approached Nat King Cole’s manager with the music, but was rebuffed. Cole later performed the song live to high acclaim, but couldn’t locate Ahbez for permission to record it. Ahbez, whose bucolic lifestyle would influence the hippie movement, was eventually found living beneath the Hollywood sign! Cole’s 1948 recording of “Nature Boy” topped the charts, selling over a million copies and solidifying his solo career.

The theme for the beloved PBS series “All Creatures Great and Small,” composed by Alexandra Harwood, perfectly evokes the extraordinary natural beauty of veterinarian James Herriot’s Yorkshire Dales. Whether you’re a devoted fan of this charming series or this is the first you’ve heard of it, this music is sure to capture your heart.
San Francisco, too, will capture your heart, and perhaps you’ll leave it there! “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” is a signature song of the incomparable Tony Bennett. It was composed in 1953 by George Cory, with lyrics by Douglass Cross about two writers homesick for San Francisco after moving to New York. Bennett’s 1962 recording was released as a B-side to a tune that didn’t do nearly as well. “San Francisco” became an instant hit, and is considered one of the most historically significant songs of the 20th century. The San Francisco Giants play it after each home field victory!

Jazz vocalist Mozelle Andrulot of Eastham joins the Cape Symphony orchestra for the next four songs.

“At Last” was written by Harry Warren for the musical film Sun Valley Serenade (1941). The one and only Etta James, with her passionate vocals and a sweeping orchestration, made it her signature song in 1961. Popular singers including Celine Dion and Beyoncé have also put the song on the charts over the years. Christina Aguilera was invited by Etta James’s family to sing “At Last” at James’s funeral in 2012.

Apollo mission astronauts were serenaded by Frank Sinatra’s version of “Fly Me to the Moon,’ written in 1954 by Bart Howard. Years later, Diana Krall sang it at Neil Armstrong’s memorial service. This jazz standard is a true American favorite, and has been performed by many great vocalists over the years.

Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” is perhaps his most popular contribution to the Great American Songbook, and has been recorded by dozens of artists including Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Fred Astaire introduced the song at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 1932 at the opening of the musical Gay Divorce.

“Summertime,” by George Gershwin, was composed for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess and soon became a popular and much-recorded jazz standard. It is thought to be one of the finest Gershwin ever wrote, mixing elements of jazz and African American folk music of the period.

Ella Mae Dixon and Mozelle Andrulot will perform “Lady is a Tramp” as a duet. Originally a show tune from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms, the song thumbs its nose at New York high society with its phony pretensions and strict etiquette. It was recorded to high acclaim by Tony Benett and Lady Gaga in 2011 for the album Duets II.

Brett Abigaña composed “The Lamp Beside the Golden Door” specifically to be performed by the Cape Symphony and accompany a reading of Emma Lazarus’s famous poem “The New Colossus,” which is cast onto a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. The poem will be read by Laura Barcos of the National Park Service.

As the last remnants of daylight leave the Salt Pond Amphitheater, Aaron Copland’s stirring “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from Appalachian Spring will reverberate across the Seashore landscape. What will it evoke for you?

The Armed Forces Salute includes “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” “Semper Paratus,” “The Marines’ Hymn: From the Halls of Montezuma,” “The U.S. Air Force (The Wild Blue Yonder),” and “Anchors Aweigh.” Cape Symphony enjoys recognizing each branch of the military!

Our show ends with “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” written by John Philip Sousa in 1896 and declared the National March of the United States of America by Congress in 1987. Sousa was, of course, the king of marches! Our rousing rendition is accompanied by digital fireworks.

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To Donate To Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore

This free concert would not have been possible without major financial support from Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, philanthropic partner to the National Seashore since 1987. Your donations help ensure that events like this can continue. You may make a donation here. Thank you!

Thanks to Sponsors

Symphony at the Seashore is made possible by major financial support to the National Seashore from Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore and Eastern National, and to Cape Symphony from Cape Cod 5.

Instrumental music for this occasion is made possible in part by funds supplied by the Recording Companies of the United States and Canada through the Music Performance Trust Fund, a public service organization created under agreements with the American Federation of Musicians. The grant for this performance was obtained with the cooperation of AFM Local No. 9-535.

Enjoy “Symphony at the Seashore”

Join the Cape Symphony at the Cape Cod National Seashore on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 7:00 PM at the Salt Pond Visitor Center Amphitheater. Admission is free and tickets are not required.

Note: the rain date is Friday, August 25, 2023 at 7:00 PM. If necessary, announcements will be made via social media and on the Cape Symphony and Cape Cod National Seashore websites Thursday morning.

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With thanks to buacademy.org, danadamsmusic.com, pbs.org, and Wikipedia.

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