Cape Symphony presents Symphony at the Seashore in August 2022

“Symphony at the Seashore” Show Notes

The Cape Symphony returns to the Cape Cod National Seashore’s outdoor amphitheater in Eastham for the fifth Symphony at the Seashore concert on Friday, August 26, 2022.

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About Today's Program

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Enjoy “Symphony at the Seashore”!


Francis Scott Key & John Stafford Smith

Arr. Jerry Brubaker

Claire Rothrock, Milton Yakus and Allan Jeffrey

Burton Lane and Ralph Freed

Luis Demetrio and Norman Gimbel

Arr. Bob Lowden

SUMMER (First movement)
Antonio Vivaldi

Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael

Tonya Windsinger


Arr. Bob Lowden

John Philip Sousa

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About Today’s Program

After opening with “The Star Spangled Banner,” the orchestra swings into the instrumental “Gershwin by George!”, a wonderful medley of songs by the unparalleled popular composer George Gershwin. The piece includes beloved classics of the American Songbook “Strike Up the Band!”, “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “Summertime,” and more.

Cabaret singer and Eastham native Dawn Derow will perform Old Cape Cod, our unofficial local anthem made famous by Patti Page. Page was the best-selling artist of the 1950s. Her signature song was “Tennessee Waltz,” although “Old Cape Cod” was a gold record for her in 1957, selling more than a million copies. The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce credited her for putting the Cape on the map, and in 2010, Page attended a ceremony at the Chamber’s office, during which the street was renamed Patti Page Way.

Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, recorded “(I Like New York in June) How About You?” for his 1956 Capitol Records album Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, widely recognized as one of the greatest albums of all time. This particular song was first introduced in the 1941 Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney film Babes on Broadway, and recorded over the years by not only Sinatra but also Garland, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, and Rosemary Clooney. Harry Nilsson also recorded it for the 1991 film The Fisher King, in which Robin Williams famously leads a ward of patients in the song.

Dean Martin made “Sway (Quien Sera)” famous in 1954. Mexican composer Luis Demetrio wrote the bolero-mambo song and Norman Gimbel wrote English lyrics. “Sway” was also a 1960 hit for Rosemary Clooney, and Michael Bublé covered it on his 2003 debut album. “Sway” has been covered by many great artists and appears in a multitude of films and TV shows, including Dark City, Revolutionary Road, Shall We Dance?, and “Las Vegas,” “CSI:NY,” and “Malcom in the Middle.”

Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark” was published in 1941, and Dinah Shore’s 1942 recording reached number five on the Billboard charts. According to a biography of Mercer, he was in love with Judy Garland and wrote the lyrics about her; you can feel that in the lines, “Have you anything to say to me? Won't you tell me where my love can be?” Like these other classics of the American Songbook performed for Symphony at the Seashore by Dawn Derow, “Skylark” has been recorded over 40 times by artists ranging from Tony Bennett to Bette Midler, Bob Dylan to k.d. lang, Linda Rondstadt to Kristen Chenoweth. Not to mention, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Aretha Franklin, Earl Hines, Rosemary Clooney, and many more.

“Disney Magic” is an instrumental medley featuring “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “Candle on the Water,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” and “It’s a Small World.” This medley was arranged by Bob Lowden, who also arranged the famous “Armed Forces Salute” which appears later in the program. Lowden was an American composer and arranger who arranged dozens of classics for music publishers, and during World War II, he was a trombonist in the Military Music Chapel of the 322th United States Army in Fort Dix.

Mark Faherty, Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and writer of the Weekly Bird Report on CAI, joins Jung-Ho Pak on stage to talk about the relationship between bird songs and music.

“Summer” by Antonio Vivaldi is, of course, part of Vivaldi’s most famous work, The Four Seasons. The Italian composer wrote the four violin concertos between 1718 and 1720. Each was published with an accompanying sonnet about the spirit of the season, perhaps written by Vivaldi. The first movement of “Summer” is marked “Allegro non molto,” which means “not too fast,” and the music is filled with the sounds of a cuckoo, turtle dove, and finch, and the rising wind of a sudden summer storm. Cape Symphony Concertmaster Jae Cosmos Lee takes the lead in this beautiful concerto.

“Wampanoag: Stories for All Time” by Native composer Tonya Wind Singer, a piece that immerses listeners in the sounds of traditional Wampanoag rhythms. Wind Singer’s work first debuted at the Cape Symphony’s 2021 “Mayflower and Beyond” concert as a co-commission with the Plymouth Philharmonic for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival on these shores.

The Cape Symphony’s tribute to the National Park System includes the performance of “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land by Aaron Copland, accompanied by a video about the National Parks and the Cape Cod National Seashore in particular.

The Armed Forces Salute, which 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.” The Cape Symphony always enjoys recognizing each branch of the military!

The Symphony at the Seashore show ends with “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” written by John Philip Sousa in 1896 and made the official 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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Thanks to Sponsors

This concert is made possible by major financial support from Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, philanthropic partner to the National Seashore since 1987. The 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.

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Enjoy “Symphony at the Seashore”!

Join the Cape Symphony at the Cape Cod National Seashore on Friday, August 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM at the Salt Pond Visitor Center Amphitheater. Admission is free and tickets are not required.

Note: the rain date is Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 7:00 PM and if necessary, will be announced via social media and on the Cape Symphony and Cape Cod National Seashore websites Friday morning.

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