400th anniversary commemoration spotlights diverse stories and guest artists
HYANNIS, MA—October 20, 2021
On November 13th and 14th, the Cape Symphony presents Mayflower and Beyond, a celebration of humanity that reflects the changing times in which we are all living.
The idea for the Mayflower concert originated with the region-wide commemoration of the Pilgrims’ arrival, first on Cape Cod and then in Plymouth, in 1620. Mayflower and Beyond features two new works co-commissioned by the Cape Symphony and the Plymouth Philharmonic, one focused on the Mayflower Compact, and the other on the Wampanoag story.
“The events of 2020 led me to think deeply about the message of this show,” said Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director & Conductor, Cape Symphony. “I wanted to widen the scope, focus authentically on the diverse experiences of all Americans, and most of all, lift up our common humanity.”
To that end, the Cape Symphony also commissioned “#elijah,” in memory of Elijah McClain, who loved playing the violin and sharing his joy with all people and creatures. Emmy-award winning composer John Wineglass created this extraordinary piece. Decca Classics artist Randall Goosby, a virtuosic Juilliard student of legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, will present what promises to be a powerful performance. Goosby is a talent on the rise: he recently performed at the Kennedy Center Honors and at the national memorial on 9/11, televised worldwide.
“Mayflower,” with music and lyrics by Alex Berko and narration by Josh Delaney, commemorates the journey of the Pilgrims and the creation of the Mayflower Compact. Barnstable High graduate and actor Neil McGarry will perform the narration, which unfolds the story of the people who “looked to the horizon with hearts of hope.” Soprano Kristen Watson will sing the ethereal spirit of the Mayflower passengers as they agree to unite and prepare to start a new life.
“Wampanoag: Stories For All Time,” by Native composer Tonya Wind Singer, features Native singer and storyteller Jonathan James Perry sharing beautiful and meaningful stories of the indigenous people who thrived here for centuries long before the arrival of the Mayflower. The tales will range from the beginning of the Wampanoag and Maushop tribes, the struggles over time, and hope for the future.
After intermission, the Cape Symphony will perform Anton Dvorak’s famous "New World" Symphony, a celebration of American potential, highly influenced by the multicultural music he discovered here. After writing symphonies that inspired by the folk music of his native Czech culture, Dvorak came to America and wanted to do the same thing here. Taking inspiration from Native American and African American folk culture, Dvorak wove chanting, rhythmic connections, and deep emotional expression into his 9th Symphony, commonly known as the “New World" Symphony. The music is the perfect artistic summation of what the first half of Mayflower and Beyond is about: respect for all cultures and acknowledgement of the beauty and dignity of all human beings, equally.
“The concert title ’Mayflower and Beyond’ is significant," said Pak. “Yes, we want to recognize the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing, which had such an impact on not only this region but the entire history of the world. But we also want to acknowledge the people who were impacted by the arrival; we’re going beyond the standard narrative. I’m thrilled to be working with Native, Black, and white musicians on this concert and to shine a light on powerful stories.”
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 and all attendees are required to provide proof of vaccination at 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). Visit capesymphony.org/covid-19 for full details on the Cape Symphony’s health and safety policies.
Please note that students ages six to 22 years are eligible for 50% off individual ticket prices to all Cape Symphony concerts.
The Cape Symphony is proud to present Mayflower and Beyond on Saturday, November 13th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 14th at 3:00 p.m. at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis. For more information and to purchase tickets for Mayflower and Beyond, 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 – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Ellen Cliggott, Public Relations & Marketing Writer
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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.