Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra Features Celebrated Pianist in “Aurora” Concert

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra in concert, courtesy image

Pianist Ana Glig performs Bach’s spell-binding Concerto in D minor

McGRATHPR.com – Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents the concert “Aurora,” on Sunday, February 19, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port. 

Award-winning concert pianist Ana Glig joins CCCO in Bach’s “Concerto in D minor,” and the orchestra’s string section take a trip to outer space with music by Xenakis, William Grant Still, and Dmitri Shostakovich. “There is something to be said about pairing music from the 1700’s with the radical sounds of the 20th century, all using the same instruments that have existed for hundreds of years,” shares CCCO music director Matthew Scinto. “I’m excited to welcome back my colleague Ana Glig who will dazzle our audience with the beauty of Bach.  She performs consistently around Cape Cod and throughout the United States.  I am fortunate to have the pleasure to host her to perform with the orchestra.”

Other works on CCCO’s program include a string piece by African-American composer William Grant Still, Iannis Xenakis’ captivating and quite striking “Aurora,” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony.  The compositions represent the diverse directions of composers from around the world since departing from the revolutionary music of J.S. Bach. Shostakovich’s music has particular meaning – as the yearlong milestone approaches since the latest Ukraine-Russia conflict began – a composer at constant odds with the Soviets throughout his professional life.

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra prides itself on exceptional programming and its collaborative performances, a highlight of every season.  Season Five features four full-orchestra main concerts and three small ensemble performances offered by the Sandbar Chamber Series. 

Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra embraces a mission 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.

Tickets to “Aurora” are $35, students and children are admitted for free. More information, the full season schedule, concert programs and tickets to all Season Five performancesare available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at each venue door by cash or credit card.  For more information, email [email protected], or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.

Program

J.S. Bach – Concerto in D minor BMV 1052

     Ana Glig, piano

Iannis Xenakis – Aurora

William Grant Still – Mother & Child

Dmitri Shostakovich – Chamber Symphony

CCCO Founding Director Matthew Scinto,
image by Jean Kirby Photography

About Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor

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 prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, was recently finalist for the Assistant Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, and 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. Dr. Scinto has been involved in Alzheimer’s care for the past several years, working with memory care facilities at Maplewood Senior Living in Brewster, MA and Bridges in Mashpee, MA. He is also a frequent guest of the Arts & Ideas program with the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod for caregivers and loved ones with memory loss. By using aspects of music appreciation and conducting, Dr. Scinto has developed curriculum for working with individuals dealing with memory loss, to allow them to reconnect to their loved ones and enjoy fun movement to music.

Ana Glig, piano, courtesy image

Ana Glig, Piano

Ana Glig (Gligvashvili), is an award-winning concert pianist praised for her ability to “capture hearts” by Musical America. A recipient of the Alfred Cortot prize at the Tbilisi International Piano Competition for the best interpretation of romantic music, Glig has performed internationally in Europe and United States in solo and chamber settings. As an orchestra soloist, Glig debuted with Georgian and Israeli symphonic orchestras. In the review of her album “Reminiscences,” Fanfare Magazine recognized Glig’s playing with its “ever sensitivity” and ability to finely capture some of Georgia’s haunting, elusive film melodies .. as well as any on disc. A native of Georgia, Glig’s first musical impressions trace back to her early childhood and to Georgian polyphonic singing. In 2019, Glig co-founded a piano festival and competition for talented youth in the Eastern part of Georgia. Glig’s passion for synthesis of music and art also led her create “MusArt Interconnections,” a series of multi-media concerts combining classical piano repertoire with visual imagery. Currently, Glig serves on the artist faculty at Cape Symphony and teaches piano privately. She was recently featured in a solo piano recital at Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago.

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 [email protected], or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.