Season opener offers Beethoven, Brahms, and tributes to heroes
HYANNIS, MA—August 19, 2021
For the season opener, Victorious Return, the Cape Symphony will return to the stage with the momentous music of two titans: Beethoven and Brahms.
The highlight of the Victorious Return program will be Johannes Brahms’ Second Symphony, a hopeful, sunny work that will lighten everyone’s hearts. “I feel blessed to conduct this music with our outstanding orchestra as we take the Cape Symphony stage again for the first time in eighteen months,” said Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director & Conductor. “Brahms is honestly my favorite composer, and this symphony in particular is charming and energetic.”
In 2020, the Cape Symphony missed the planned celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, so the orchestra will perform his rousing “Egmont Overture,” a thrilling tribute to resistance against tyranny. Pak commented, “Beethoven had bold ideas, and this piece shows how unusually inventive he was. It’s a sneak preview of what he did later in his career with the Ninth Symphony, which we’ll be performing in May.”
The orchestra will pay tribute to frontline and essential workers – the heroes who stepped forward to help our nation – with legendary composer John Williams’ stirring “Summon the Heroes,” originally written for the Atlanta Olympics. The Cape Symphony will also recognize the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with “Towers of Light,” inspired by the light tributes held at Ground Zero every year.
“Music is a wonderful way to not only heal but also to celebrate,” said Jung-Ho Pak. “We’re so grateful to those who care for our community. The John Williams piece will simply make your heart sing! And the serenely beautiful ‘Towers of Light’ is quite hopeful and moving. I promise everyone in the concert hall will have goosebumps.”
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).
The Cape Symphony is proud to present Victorious Return on Saturday, Sept. 11th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 12th at 3:00 p.m. at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit capesymphony.org, 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.
Ellen Cliggott, Public Relations & Marketing Writer
About Cape Symphony
At the Cape Symphony, our mission is to Inspire Joy. We do this through outstanding entertainment and educational programs. Cape Cod’s very own professional orchestra, the Cape Symphony, performs at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis. From popular hits to magnificent classics, highlighting hidden gems and putting a new twist on standards, the emphasis is always on fun, surprises, and beautiful music. The Cape Symphony commitment to education for all ages includes private lessons, classes and ensembles at campuses in Barnstable and Falmouth as well as online. Its acclaimed preschool program is known for blending traditional academics with the arts. Through community outreach, the Cape Symphony brings an array of engaging programs to the Cape Cod community. Visit www.capesymphony.org for more information.