Collaborative Performance Offers Rare Rossini Choral Work in Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Concert

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF), in collaboration with Chatham Chorale Chamber Singers, presents A Mass at the Opera, on Friday, August 18, 7:30 pm at First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet.  The performance features 4 vocal soloists and accompaniment by CCCMF Co-Artistic Director Jon Nakamatsu, piano and Donald Enos, organ.

In its first Festival premiere, the little-known Gioachino Rossini masterwork Petite Messe Solenelle takes center stage in A Mass at the Opera.  Composed for piano, harmonium (organ), chamber choir and four vocal soloists, the work is more opera than mass, demonstrating the splendor of Rossini at his best.  Listen to unforgettable tune after tune of brilliant chamber writing crafted by The Chatham Chorale Chamber Singers under the masterful baton of Conductor Joe Marchio, with phenomenal soloists Ilana Davidson, soprano, Lara Nie, alto, William Ferguson, tenor and Tyler Duncan, bass.

Created to perform music written for smaller ensembles in more intimate spaces, the Chatham Chorale Chamber Singers have been performing on Cape Cod for more than 40 years as a smaller 25-voice chorus selected from the larger Chatham Chorale.

Rossini composed his Petite messe solenelle at the very end of his life and career, just four years prior to his death in 1868.  Neither “petite” nor “solemn”- more operatic than sacred – the mass is scored brilliantly under his pen.  The audience can count on enjoying a captivating and deeply moving concert experience.

Program:          Chatham Chorale Chamber Singers, Joseph Marchio, conductor

Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Ilana Davidson, soprano
Lara Nie, alto
William Ferguson, tenor
Tyler Duncan, baritone
Donald Enos, organ

Petite Messe Solenelle (1864)
Domine Deus
Qui tollis
Cum Sancto Spiritu
Et resurrexit
Et vitam venturi
Offertory (“Prélude religieux”)
O Salutaris
Agnus Dei

CCCMF’s 38th summer season features 12 compelling concerts from August 1 through 25 at 7:30 pm in locations throughout the region.

Tickets ordered on or after July 1: $38 general admission; $15 for college students (with ID); admission is free for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $36 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $55 (whether individually purchased or as part of the three-concert package)

Special first-time ticket buyer’s price and a discounted ticket for the August 1 concert, if you are between the ages of 19 and 40, are available by calling Festival office.

Festival seating is limited to venue capacity, advance purchase is recommended.  Tickets ordered online are available at will call at the performances.  Tickets may also be purchased by calling or visiting the box office at 508-247-9400 or at 3 Main Street Unit 6, North Eastham.  Box office hours are 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.  Phone and online ticket orders are available until 12 noon on the day of each concert.

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About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a year-round presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979. Founded as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival by the late collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders, the Festival continues his legacy. Now entering its 38th season, CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in July and August. Throughout the rest of the year, CCCMF presents autumn and spring concerts, a community outreach program, and benefit concerts in New York and on Cape Cod. Hoping to ignite the interest of a younger audience, CCCMF welcomes all youth up to age 18 to attend any regular concert free of charge. The Festival is also host to a Composer-in-Residence program, and features composers with Cape Cod connections. CCCMF is a private, non-profit organization supported by a volunteer Board of Directors with financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations both local and nationwide. For more information about CCCMF’s programs, schedule or tickets, visit, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.