Awards will be given in five categories with possible invitation to conduct the Cape’s own professional orchestra
HYANNIS, MA—May 22, 2020
The Cape Symphony wants people to find their “inner conductor” from the comfort of home! No need to read music or even have an orchestra.
In its first-ever amateur conducting competition, the Cape Symphony is seeking videos of people conducting an invisible orchestra playing one song. Entries may use any piece of classical or pops symphonic music in the public domain (written prior to 1924). Examples include the familiar melodies of “1812 Overture,” “Ride of the Valkyries,” or “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.”
“Everyone loves to move their body to music, and feeling inspired in that way is key to conducting,” said Cape Symphony Artistic Director & Conductor, Jung-Ho Pak. “I encourage people to have fun with this challenge.”
Voting for the Baton Hero Competition will be open to the public beginning in late June. Awards will be given for most dramatic, funniest, most believable/professional, best special effects, and best overall. The winners in each category will receive $25 Cape Symphony gift certificates (good for seven years) and may be invited to conduct the Cape Symphony in a future CapePOPS! program.
“We really want you to put your heart into this,” said Pak. “A wonderful side effect of the contest will be a flood of joyful, inspiring, and fun videos we can all enjoy.”
Contestants must post a digital video to YouTube. Recording on a phone or tablet is acceptable and the video should be five minutes or less. Contestants must be age 18 or older. Entries must be submitted through the Cape Symphony website by Wednesday, June 24 at 5:00 PM Eastern time. Full details are available at capesymphony.org.
For more information, visit capesymphony.org or call 508.362.1111.
Jen Pitta, Public Relations Specialist
About Cape Symphony & Conservatory
Cape Cod’s very own orchestra, 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. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak, the Cape Symphony provides an experience like no other. Cape Conservatory’s commitment to arts education for all ages includes musical instruction as well as classes in dance and visual art at campuses in Barnstable and Falmouth. Its Preschool program is known for blending traditional academics with the arts. Through MusicWorks! Everyday and other community outreach programs, Cape Conservatory brings an array of engaging programs to thousands of students on the Cape and Islands. Visit www.capesymphony.org and www.capeconservatory.org for more information.