Tribute to Sondheim celebrates the late composer’s musical theatre legacy
HYANNIS, MA—December 13, 2021
One of Cape Cod’s most popular New Year’s Day celebrations, the Cape Symphony’s fun-filled New Year’s Day Party concert returns after two years away in spectacular fashion on January 1, 2022.
This year, the afternoon concert features a tribute to the late Stephen Sondheim, alongside the traditional waltzes and marches in the spirit of the famous New Year’s celebrations in Vienna, Austria.
“The New Year’s Day Party is one of my favorites because I love creating a variety show with something for everyone!” said Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director & Conductor, Cape Symphony. “I’m excited to bring back fan favorite Siren Mayhew of Martha’s Vineyard to sing ‘Being Alive’ from Sondheim’s Company, and our talented musicians will shine in a mix of musical theatre, light opera, and New Year’s favorites, plus a dash of Beethoven.”
The Cape Symphony will also continue its joyful, albeit belated, celebration of Beethoven’s birthday with a performance of his “Romance for Violin and Orchestra,” featuring Cape Symphony Concertmaster Jae Cosmos Lee. The orchestra will perform selections from West Side Story (popular again with the new movie version out in theaters) and an arrangement of “Send in the Clowns,” from A Little Night Music, highlighting strings and piano.
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. Children ages six and up are welcome to attend but they must follow the health and safety policies. If the child is not fully vaccinated, they must have a negative test result. COVID-19 tests must be administered by a third party. Self-administered tests (like an at-home kit from a drugstore) will not be accepted. 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. Note that due to the pandemic, the Vienna Café will not be a part of the New Year’s Day Party this year.
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.