Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s Season Opener Takes a Spooky Spin on Cape Lore

A violinist in Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s recent performance, image by Jean Kirby Photography

McGRATHPR.com – Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents its spooky fall concert Ghost Hunters, on Saturday, October 23, 7 pm, at St. Christopher’s Church 625 Main St., Chatham, and on Sunday, October 24, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port. The orchestra is conducted by Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto.

“I cannot think of a better way to evoke the Halloween spirit than a concert filled with Cape Cod ghost stories and music by our orchestra. We are excited to be presenting this program in two locations for our audience members as we return live after a year of being virtual,” shares Scinto.

CCCO’s fourth season opens coincidentally just as the Cape is approaching Halloween and the holiday’s local celebrations. Ghost Hunters conjures up spooky Cape Cod folk lore in a program of ghost stories and compelling chamber music.  Peer through the keyhole into the story of Liza Tower Hill, otherwise known as the “Witch of Barnstable”, said to have danced on Mary Dunn Pond nightly with a crew of otherworldly creatures.

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn leads the hunt as the audience engages in the search for the notorious Barnstable witch in his famous Symphony No. 73 “The Hunt”. Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Death of Tintagiles tells the gloomy tale of a queen who captures a family, leaving others to attempt their rescue. The Orchestra’s performance concludes with Béla Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings, written in 1939 as Europe postured for the dark times that loomed before World War II.

Both the Chatham and Harwich Port performances will feature a costume contest for audience members during intermission, with winners chosen by the orchestra members. For more information about prizes and how to enter, please email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org.

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra prides itself on exceptional programming and its collaborative performances, a highlight of every season.  Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, CCCO’s mission is to connect the diverse arts communities and individuals of Cape Cod inclusively. By collaborating with other disciplines of art and culture, the Orchestra aims to create unique concert experiences while providing exciting, enriching and memorable orchestral music.  Spotlighting living composers is at the forefront of the orchestra’s mission; bringing audiences closer to the music of modern time, positioned as an essential and educational element to each performance program.  Other repertoire emphasize the championing of works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.

Tickets to Ghost Hunters are $35 general admission, children and students attend for free.  Information regarding COVID-19 policies for this concert series will be made available in October.  Tickets to all Season Four performancesare available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at each venue door by cash or credit card.

Conductor Matthew Scinto by Jean Kirby Photography

For more information visit capecodchamberorchestra.org, email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.

Program:

COWELL The Banshee

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Death of Tintagiles

BARTÓK Divertimento for Strings

HAYDN Symphony No. 73 “The Hunt”

Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony under Music Director Francisco Noya. Mr. Scinto received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Boston University, where he was a student of Stefan Asbury and David Hoose and twice received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. Mr. Scinto has studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, and was invited back again in July 2018. While at Boston University, Mr. Scinto served as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston University Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras where he covered and conducted in numerous concerts and opera productions, including Boston University’s recent production of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2017. Matthew Scinto has worked with conductors Bramwell Tovey, Ken-David Masur, Stefan Asbury, Diane Wittry, Daniel Hege, Marin Alsop, David Effron, and Markand Thakar. He has conducted such orchestras as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria, the New Haven Civic Orchestra, the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, the Indian Hill Sinfonia, the Miami Music Festival Orchestra, the Syracuse University Symphony, and the Boston University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

About Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra

Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s mission is to connect the diverse arts communities and individuals of Cape Cod inclusively. By collaborating with other disciplines of art and culture, the Orchestra aims to create unique concert experiences while providing exciting, enriching and memorable orchestral music.  Featuring living composers is at the forefront of the orchestra’s mission; bringing audiences closer to the music of modern time, positioned as an essential and educational element to each performance program.  Other repertoire champions the works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.  For more information visit www.capecodchamberorchestra.org, email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.