Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra Delivers Summer Through Holiday Season Repertoire

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra in concert, courtesy image

McGRATHPR.com – Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents its winter concert “Summer Holiday,” on Sunday, December 18, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rte. 28, Harwich Port.  The orchestra is conducted by founding Music Director Matthew Scinto.

CCCO’s holiday concerts provide welcome seasonal entertainment for all to enjoy.  “It has been my vision to use our chamber orchestra as a vehicle to raise awareness and funding for the many amazing organizations here on the Cape, which is why we are excited to be benefiting WE CAN,” says Scinto. This benefit for WE CAN (Women’s Empowerment through Cape Area Networking) celebrates the organization’s 20 plus years of serving women on Cape Cod. WE CAN was founded in 2001 to empower Cape Cod women by providing unique services that inspire hope and bring increased stability, self-sufficiency, and opportunity to their lives.

Members of Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, courtesy image

For Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, summer has come early. The “Summer Holiday” concert program delivers mid-winter warmth featuring soprano Kelley Hollis in Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville, Summer of 1915”. Barber paints an idyllic, nostalgic picture of Knoxville, Tennessee based on text by James Agee. The work is a simple, dreamlike depiction of an evening in the American South, narrated by a child. CCCO also performs the “Andante” movement from Florence Price’s String Quartet No. 1, concluding with Charles Ives’ trip to camp with his Pulitzer Prize winning Third Symphony “The Camp Meeting”.

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 emphasizes the championing of works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.

Cape Cod in winter, courtesy of iStock Photo

Tickets to “Summer Holiday” are $35 general admission, children and students attend for free. 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.

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

Program:

IVES: Symphony No. 3 “The Camp Meeting”

BARBER: Knoxville, Summer of 1915

PRICE: Andante Moderato

Dr. Matthew Scinto, conductor

CCCO Founding Music Director Matthew Scinto, image by Jean Kirby Photography

Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as Founder and Music Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and Visiting Director of Orchestra at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has twice studied conducting at the Tanglewood Music Center, and also currently serves as a cover conductor for the Portland (ME) Symphony. He received his Doctor of Musical Art’s degree from Boston University, where he received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting.

As the Founder & Music Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, he has established the only professional chamber orchestra serving the region, with a mission to commission music collaboratively with individuals and organizations. Since 2018, the orchestra has completed and premiered numerous works with organizations such as the Heritage Museums & Gardens, the Guild of Harwich Artists, the Whydah Pirate Museum, and the Edward Gorey House. Working across disciplines has proved to be an effective way to build audiences, creating concerts that highlight the gems and rich history of Cape Cod. Recently the orchestra was awarded the 1st PRIZE in the American Prize Competition for Orchestra performance in 2020, and was recently named “Best New Cultural Attraction” by Yankee Magazine in 2019.

Soprano Kelley Hollis, courtesy image

Kelley Hollis, soprano

Kelley Hollis is a soprano featured on the recently released LP: ‘Rosner’s Requiem’ performing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Toccata Records 2020). In 2018 she was invited to perform a concert at the Prague Castle in the Czech Republic, along with a series of recitals in cities around the country, as a featured artist with the Americké jaro festival. Her opera credits include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Juana in the premiere of Omar Najmi’s En el ardiente oscuridad, Mimi in Puccini’s La bohème, Beth in Adamo’s Little Women, Eliza in Muhly’s Dark Sisters; Florencia Grimaldi in Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Micaela in Le Tragedie de Carmen, Harper in Eötvös’ Angels in America and Nina in Pasatieri’s The Seagull. Home in Boston, Kelley is singer-in-residence for Juventas New Music Ensemble and performs regularly with Opera on Tap Boston and Boston Baroque. She’s a graduate of the Boston University Opera Institute and received both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern University. Learn more at KelleyHollis.com.

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.