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Cape Symphony presents Mayflower and Beyond November 2021

“Mayflower and Beyond,” a Celebration of Humanity

On November 13th and 14th, the Cape Symphony presents Mayflower and Beyond, a celebration of humanity.

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 400” featured 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 400th anniversary was in 2020, and that event was postponed due to the pandemic.

“The events of 2020 led me to think deeply about the message of this show,” says Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director & Conductor of the 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 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. 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.

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. The music is the perfect artistic summation of what Mayflower and Beyond is about: respect for all cultures and acknowledgement of the beauty and dignity of all human beings, equally.

Mayflower and Beyond is on Saturday, November 13th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 14th at 3:00 p.m. 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.

 

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