Cape Symphony's 2021-22 Season

Cape Symphony Announces 2021-22 60th Anniversary Season: Joy Returns

Tickets for all concerts on sale beginning August 15th

HYANNIS, MA—August 11, 2021

The Cape Symphony returns to the stage with an exciting slate of new performances for the upcoming 2021-2022 season.

From Beethoven’s greatest works, a “Passport to Ireland,” exclusive world premieres of new music, and a celebration of the Cape Symphony’s 60th anniversary, to Grease, the Beatles, a Hamilton star, and the hugely popular “Holiday on the Cape,” the line-up has something for everyone. View the season details and download the brochure.

“Now more than ever, the joy of experiencing music with our fellow human beings is transcendent,” said Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak. “We’ve put together a high-energy season that is so extraordinary, it amazes even me! I can’t wait to share it with the Cape Cod community.”

“Beginning with our ‘Victorious Return’ concert in September, we are celebrating the joy of coming together, live and in person, with the audience, our outstanding conductor, and our talented musicians,” said Michael Albaugh, Executive Director. “The community has been wonderfully supportive and we’re thrilled to finally take the stage again and do what we do best, for you…and with you!”

Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM | Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Join us to celebrate the opportunity to gather once again. We honor our heroes who stepped forward so magnificently to help their nation in need, paying tribute to frontline and essential workers with John Williams’ “Summon the Heroes.” We’ll also recognize the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with “Towers of Light,” inspired by the light tributes held at Ground Zero every year. We’ll celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with his rousing “Egmont Overture.” Johannes Brahms’ Second Symphony is a hopeful, sunny work that will lighten all our hearts.

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 3:00 & 7:30 PM | Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM
“Why, this car is automatic. It’s systematic. It’s hyyyyydromatic. Why, it’s Greased Lightnin’!” And it’s coming to Hyannis with the Cape Symphony! 1978’s summer blockbuster Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, launched some of the most popular songs of all time, including “Summer Nights,” “You're the One That I Want,” “We Go Together,” and more. Grease remains one of the most popular movie musicals of all time. The T-Birds and Pink Ladies of our orchestra will perform the unforgettable soundtrack live to the full-length film.

Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 7:30 PM | Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 3:00 PM
We honor the 401st anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival, and look beyond with hope. We’ll premiere three phenomenal new works: “Mayflower” commemorates the journey of the Pilgrims and the creation of the Mayflower Compact. “Wampanoag: Stories For All Time” tells meaningful stories of the indigenous people who thrived here for centuries long before the Mayflower. “#Elijah,” performed by Randall Goosby, a virtuosic student of Itzhak Perlman, is in memory of Elijah McClain, who loved playing the violin. We’ll conclude with a performance of Anton Dvorak’s famous "New World" Symphony, a celebration of America’s multicultural potential.
Special Guests: Randall Goosby, Violin; Jonathan Perry, Vocals; Kristin Watson, Vocals

Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM | Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 at 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM | Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
The holiday season begins with the Cape Symphony! We’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cape’s beloved Chatham Chorale. We’ll be joined by Deanna Loveland, a multi-talented Nashville singer/songwriter/pianist/harpist. We’ve also commissioned a new work focused on Hanukkah, performed by cantorial soloist Samantha Stinson. Emmy-winning author and journalist David Pogue of “CBS Sunday Morning” and the New York Times will appear in his other roles as musician, conductor, and music lover. Add a sing-a-long for all to enjoy, and the result is a wonderful holiday celebration!
Special Guests: Deanna Loveland, Piano, Harp, and Vocals; David Pogue, Special Guest; Samantha Stinson, Cantorial Soloist; The Chatham Chorale with Joseph Marchio, Music Director

Wednesday, January 1, 2022 at 3:00 PM
What better way to start your new year off than with the joyful experience of the Cape Symphony? Enjoy a mix of old and new – Viennese waltzes and marches combined with a fresh take on pop hits and opera classics! Plus a nod to Beethoven’s birthday performed by Concertmaster Jae Cosmos Lee. The three sopranos of ViVA Trio will wow us with their majestic voices. Our New Year’s Day Party is a fun-filled variety show guaranteed to make the first day of the year a happy one!
Special Guests: ViVA Trio

Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 7:30 PM | Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 3:00 PM
For our trip to the Emerald Isle, we’re bringing along two stellar artists who will transport us all! GRAMMY-winning Eileen Ivers is the world’s pre-eminent Irish fiddler today and we’re delighted to have her back on the Cape Symphony stage. Phenomenal Celtic harp player Maeve Gilchrist takes the instrument to new heights. We’ll feature Irish composers Arthur Duff, Hamilton Harty, and Bodley Seóirse, each contributing a unique voice to the various periods of Irish symphonic music. Together with two superstars of Irish music, we’ll bring you a fabulous experience.
Special Guests: Eileen Ivers, Irish Fiddle; Maeve Gilchrist, Celtic Harp

Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM | Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 3:00 PM
Hamilton. That word means one thing these days: the hottest musical in the world. We’re thrilled to bring you the current touring star of this theatrical phenomenon, appearing across the country as Alexander Hamilton. Partnered with the lead singer of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, they’ve created an unforgettable show of swing and Motown hits. With 30+ combined years of performing under their belts, the stories they share come from a heartfelt love for this music. Two guys. Two incredible voices. So much fun!
Special Guests: Julius Thomas, Vocals; Mark Kopitzke, Vocals

Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 7:30 PM | Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 3:00 PM
On April 4, 1962, Jennings Butterfield led a fledgling group of amateur musicians along with a person the Cape Cod Standard-Times described as a “young American soprano,” who was the soon-to-be-famous Beverly Sills! We’re recreating that original 1962 concert, featuring a wide variety of delightful music with our trademark touches of imagination and fun. We’ll be joined by a dear friend of the Cape Symphony, acclaimed pianist Jon Nakamatsu, performing Tchaikovsky’s iconic Piano Concerto No. 1. Two pieces for soprano will feature Alexandra Nowakowski: the acrobatic “Una Voce Poco Fa (A voice a little while ago)” by Gioachino Rossini from The Barber of Seville, and the sublime “Depuis le Jour (Since the Day)” from Louise by Gustave Charpentier. Our celebration will only be complete if you join us!
Special Guests: Jon Nakamatsu, Piano; Alexandra Nowakowski, Soprano

Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM | Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 3:00 PM
Back by popular demand, Classical Mystery Tour is simply the best Beatles show in the world, bar none. Hear "Penny Lane" with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, enjoy the classical/rock blend on "I Am the Walrus,” and relish the cascading orchestral crescendo on “A Day in the Life.” Classical Mystery Tour is the best of the Beatles like you've never heard them before. Join us for a truly magical (mystery tour) experience.
Special Guests: Classical Mystery Tour

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 7:30 PM | Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 3:00 PM
As we conclude our tribute to Beethoven’s 250th, we laud the genius who set the standard for perfection. Our brilliant principal strings will perform the visionary work “Grosse Fuge.” Pianist Mikael Darmanie will play the shimmering “’Moonlight’ Sonata.” The pinnacle of our celebration is, of course, Beethoven’s very best: the towering Ninth Symphony. Requiring a brilliant chorus, outstanding soloists, and an enormous (and enormously talented) orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth is perhaps the greatest triumph of Western classical music, and the perfect, joyful end to our year.
Special Guests: Chorus pro Musica, Jamie Kirsch, Music Director; Chelsea Basler, Soprano; Laurel Semerdjian, Mezzo Soprano; Adrian Kramer, Tenor; Darren Lekeith Drone, Bass; Mikael Darmanie, Piano

Albaugh added, “It is an honor to be part of an organization celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The legacy of the Cape Symphony is one of constantly striving for more joyous and musically exquisite experiences and this season is proof of that.”

All concerts will be performed at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis, MA. To ensure the health and well-being of its customers, staff, and community, the Cape Symphony has put the following safeguards in place for concerts this fall: all attendees will be required to wear a mask; attendees are requested to be fully vaccinated before attending the concert; Cape Symphony staff and musicians have all provided proof of vaccination, and will wear masks at the concert (note that the wind players will not be masked on stage).

Tickets for the 2021-22 concert season go on sale to the general public on Sunday, August 15th online at, and via the Cape Symphony Box Office beginning Monday, August 16. Call the Box Office at 508-362-1111 or visit 1060 Falmouth Road in Hyannis, MA. The Cape Symphony Box Office is open Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


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