May
18
Mon
Mondays at The James: History of Paragon Park
May 18 @ 7:00 pm
Mondays at The James: History of Paragon Park

Mondays at The James: History of Paragon Park

Monday, May 18, 7 pm

Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing jameslibrary@verizon.net

Author Chris Haraden recounts the history of our beloved Paragon Park in Hull. He’ll bring you into the past, into the pages of his new coffee table book, the first comprehensive book on the history of the beloved amusement park that opened on the shores of Nantasket Beach in 1905. Come learn all about the beginning and the end of this cherished park, share your memories, and ask Chris questions you’ve longed to have answered.  Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Aug
4
Tue
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s Virtual Performance Series
Aug 4 all-day

In light of sustained disruption due to the Covid-19 crisis, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) announces that its 2020 summer season as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music will be held as a three-part virtual experience, extending its reach beyond Cape audiences.  All live in-person performances are cancelled this season to best serve the safety and welfare of its performing artists, staff and audiences.  The Festival celebrates its 41st season in 2020, programmed and presented by Artistic Directors Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse and Executive Director Elaine Lipton.

“This year, more than ever, we hope music lovers everywhere will join us from the safety of their homes to once again celebrate the beauty of chamber music,” shares Jon Nakamatsu, CCCMF Co-Artistic Director.  “Although a virtual season looks much different than prior years, we still look forward to celebrating with our audiences and growing them in the online arena.”  The Festival plans to resume in-person live performances in 2021.

For its first-ever virtual season, the celebration in three parts begins with Artistic Directors Manasse and Nakamatsu, who will curate three hour-long audio programs, in the style of the beloved “radio show,” including archived performances spanning the 40-year history of the Festival.  The shows will broadcast on each of the first three Tuesdays in August during each of the weeks the season usually is held.  The audio programs will be streamed on CCCMF’s website and will be available without charge to the general public, and may also be broadcast on regional radio stations (to be announced).

Manasse and Nakamatsu will also create a video event featuring guest musicians which will also stream for free throughout the Festival’s month-long season in August on the Festival website and other online platforms.

The two artistic directors will also undertake a series of high-quality audio/video recording sessions featuring a small group of fellow musicians. This original content will be released in the future.

“These challenging times also present new opportunities, in that we are navigating a new way for us to share world-quality chamber music with world-wide audiences,” shares Jon Manasse.  “We are excited about the potential of the quality and reach of this new virtual celebration.”

Exploring the virtual festival brings its own challenges to CCCMF.  “Ticket sales alone cannot cover anywhere near our operating budget,” shares Executive Director Elaine Lipton.  “With no ticket revenue at all this season, we are hopeful that our dedicated fans will understand that their financial participation is essential to our organization’s continued success.”  She hopes that many devoted fans will make contributions and notes that there are opportunities for underwriting the virtual season events as well.

CCCMF’s Board has been hard at work creating these unprecedented options to the Festival’s traditional late summer season.  “While we understand the unpredictable nature of our situation, we also know music and live performance have the ability to heal and fortify us all,” shares Manasse. “Our one guarantee is that we will make music for our supporters and audiences this summer, you can count on it!”

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2020 season, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1979 by the late Samuel Sanders, a gifted pianist and accompanist to Itzhak Perlman for thirty years. Sanders’ goal was to establish a continuous presence of first-rate chamber music concerts on Cape Cod.  As the Festival celebrates four decades, it excels under the leadership of its Artistic Directors, the team of Jon Manasse (clarinetist) and Jon Nakamatsu (pianist), both acclaimed musicians who represent the top ranks of American chamber music as a duo and as individual artists. The artistic directors work closely with Executive Director Elaine Lipton, along with the help of an active Board and more than 60 local volunteers, to bring a stellar mosaic of talent to the Cape.  In addition to its annual summer season of 12 concerts, community and school outreach programs and an annual benefit in New York, it partners with local cultural organizations for educational programs and fundraising.

The Festival continues Sam Sanders’ tradition of showcasing emerging talent by presenting accomplished musicians early in their careers.  Over the years this has included such famed musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, the Parker Quartet and the Jupiter Quartet, among others.  Programming spans the 17th to 21st centuries, with periodic commissions from such composers as John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Osvaldo Golijov and Paquito D’Rivera. The Festival owns several quality grand pianos housed at its Cotuit, Chatham and Wellfleet venues, utilized year-round by community members and other arts organizations.

CCCMF traditionally presents the finest classical and contemporary music by both world-class ensembles and exceptional young, emerging artists to Cape Cod audiences, developing new and younger audiences for chamber music.  It commissions new chamber works whenever possible and provides educational activities and programs that encourage, broaden and deepen the appreciation of the chamber music art form.  The Festival has become synonymous with great chamber music at the height of the tourist season on the Cape. Outreach programs have served students in the Barnstable, Chatham and Nauset school districts and at the May Center in Chatham, as well as the residents of Thirwood Place in Yarmouth and the Riverview School in Sandwich.

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 41st season CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in 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. 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, visit capecodchambermusic.org, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

Aug
11
Tue
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s Virtual Performance Series
Aug 11 all-day

In light of sustained disruption due to the Covid-19 crisis, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) announces that its 2020 summer season as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music will be held as a three-part virtual experience, extending its reach beyond Cape audiences.  All live in-person performances are cancelled this season to best serve the safety and welfare of its performing artists, staff and audiences.  The Festival celebrates its 41st season in 2020, programmed and presented by Artistic Directors Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse and Executive Director Elaine Lipton.

“This year, more than ever, we hope music lovers everywhere will join us from the safety of their homes to once again celebrate the beauty of chamber music,” shares Jon Nakamatsu, CCCMF Co-Artistic Director.  “Although a virtual season looks much different than prior years, we still look forward to celebrating with our audiences and growing them in the online arena.”  The Festival plans to resume in-person live performances in 2021.

For its first-ever virtual season, the celebration in three parts begins with Artistic Directors Manasse and Nakamatsu, who will curate three hour-long audio programs, in the style of the beloved “radio show,” including archived performances spanning the 40-year history of the Festival.  The shows will broadcast on each of the first three Tuesdays in August during each of the weeks the season usually is held.  The audio programs will be streamed on CCCMF’s website and will be available without charge to the general public, and may also be broadcast on regional radio stations (to be announced).

Manasse and Nakamatsu will also create a video event featuring guest musicians which will also stream for free throughout the Festival’s month-long season in August on the Festival website and other online platforms.

The two artistic directors will also undertake a series of high-quality audio/video recording sessions featuring a small group of fellow musicians. This original content will be released in the future.

“These challenging times also present new opportunities, in that we are navigating a new way for us to share world-quality chamber music with world-wide audiences,” shares Jon Manasse.  “We are excited about the potential of the quality and reach of this new virtual celebration.”

Exploring the virtual festival brings its own challenges to CCCMF.  “Ticket sales alone cannot cover anywhere near our operating budget,” shares Executive Director Elaine Lipton.  “With no ticket revenue at all this season, we are hopeful that our dedicated fans will understand that their financial participation is essential to our organization’s continued success.”  She hopes that many devoted fans will make contributions and notes that there are opportunities for underwriting the virtual season events as well.

CCCMF’s Board has been hard at work creating these unprecedented options to the Festival’s traditional late summer season.  “While we understand the unpredictable nature of our situation, we also know music and live performance have the ability to heal and fortify us all,” shares Manasse. “Our one guarantee is that we will make music for our supporters and audiences this summer, you can count on it!”

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2020 season, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1979 by the late Samuel Sanders, a gifted pianist and accompanist to Itzhak Perlman for thirty years. Sanders’ goal was to establish a continuous presence of first-rate chamber music concerts on Cape Cod.  As the Festival celebrates four decades, it excels under the leadership of its Artistic Directors, the team of Jon Manasse (clarinetist) and Jon Nakamatsu (pianist), both acclaimed musicians who represent the top ranks of American chamber music as a duo and as individual artists. The artistic directors work closely with Executive Director Elaine Lipton, along with the help of an active Board and more than 60 local volunteers, to bring a stellar mosaic of talent to the Cape.  In addition to its annual summer season of 12 concerts, community and school outreach programs and an annual benefit in New York, it partners with local cultural organizations for educational programs and fundraising.

The Festival continues Sam Sanders’ tradition of showcasing emerging talent by presenting accomplished musicians early in their careers.  Over the years this has included such famed musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, the Parker Quartet and the Jupiter Quartet, among others.  Programming spans the 17th to 21st centuries, with periodic commissions from such composers as John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Osvaldo Golijov and Paquito D’Rivera. The Festival owns several quality grand pianos housed at its Cotuit, Chatham and Wellfleet venues, utilized year-round by community members and other arts organizations.

CCCMF traditionally presents the finest classical and contemporary music by both world-class ensembles and exceptional young, emerging artists to Cape Cod audiences, developing new and younger audiences for chamber music.  It commissions new chamber works whenever possible and provides educational activities and programs that encourage, broaden and deepen the appreciation of the chamber music art form.  The Festival has become synonymous with great chamber music at the height of the tourist season on the Cape. Outreach programs have served students in the Barnstable, Chatham and Nauset school districts and at the May Center in Chatham, as well as the residents of Thirwood Place in Yarmouth and the Riverview School in Sandwich.

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 41st season CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in 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. 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, visit capecodchambermusic.org, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

Aug
18
Tue
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s Virtual Performance Series
Aug 18 all-day

In light of sustained disruption due to the Covid-19 crisis, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) announces that its 2020 summer season as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music will be held as a three-part virtual experience, extending its reach beyond Cape audiences.  All live in-person performances are cancelled this season to best serve the safety and welfare of its performing artists, staff and audiences.  The Festival celebrates its 41st season in 2020, programmed and presented by Artistic Directors Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse and Executive Director Elaine Lipton.

“This year, more than ever, we hope music lovers everywhere will join us from the safety of their homes to once again celebrate the beauty of chamber music,” shares Jon Nakamatsu, CCCMF Co-Artistic Director.  “Although a virtual season looks much different than prior years, we still look forward to celebrating with our audiences and growing them in the online arena.”  The Festival plans to resume in-person live performances in 2021.

For its first-ever virtual season, the celebration in three parts begins with Artistic Directors Manasse and Nakamatsu, who will curate three hour-long audio programs, in the style of the beloved “radio show,” including archived performances spanning the 40-year history of the Festival.  The shows will broadcast on each of the first three Tuesdays in August during each of the weeks the season usually is held.  The audio programs will be streamed on CCCMF’s website and will be available without charge to the general public, and may also be broadcast on regional radio stations (to be announced).

Manasse and Nakamatsu will also create a video event featuring guest musicians which will also stream for free throughout the Festival’s month-long season in August on the Festival website and other online platforms.

The two artistic directors will also undertake a series of high-quality audio/video recording sessions featuring a small group of fellow musicians. This original content will be released in the future.

“These challenging times also present new opportunities, in that we are navigating a new way for us to share world-quality chamber music with world-wide audiences,” shares Jon Manasse.  “We are excited about the potential of the quality and reach of this new virtual celebration.”

Exploring the virtual festival brings its own challenges to CCCMF.  “Ticket sales alone cannot cover anywhere near our operating budget,” shares Executive Director Elaine Lipton.  “With no ticket revenue at all this season, we are hopeful that our dedicated fans will understand that their financial participation is essential to our organization’s continued success.”  She hopes that many devoted fans will make contributions and notes that there are opportunities for underwriting the virtual season events as well.

CCCMF’s Board has been hard at work creating these unprecedented options to the Festival’s traditional late summer season.  “While we understand the unpredictable nature of our situation, we also know music and live performance have the ability to heal and fortify us all,” shares Manasse. “Our one guarantee is that we will make music for our supporters and audiences this summer, you can count on it!”

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2020 season, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1979 by the late Samuel Sanders, a gifted pianist and accompanist to Itzhak Perlman for thirty years. Sanders’ goal was to establish a continuous presence of first-rate chamber music concerts on Cape Cod.  As the Festival celebrates four decades, it excels under the leadership of its Artistic Directors, the team of Jon Manasse (clarinetist) and Jon Nakamatsu (pianist), both acclaimed musicians who represent the top ranks of American chamber music as a duo and as individual artists. The artistic directors work closely with Executive Director Elaine Lipton, along with the help of an active Board and more than 60 local volunteers, to bring a stellar mosaic of talent to the Cape.  In addition to its annual summer season of 12 concerts, community and school outreach programs and an annual benefit in New York, it partners with local cultural organizations for educational programs and fundraising.

The Festival continues Sam Sanders’ tradition of showcasing emerging talent by presenting accomplished musicians early in their careers.  Over the years this has included such famed musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, the Parker Quartet and the Jupiter Quartet, among others.  Programming spans the 17th to 21st centuries, with periodic commissions from such composers as John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Osvaldo Golijov and Paquito D’Rivera. The Festival owns several quality grand pianos housed at its Cotuit, Chatham and Wellfleet venues, utilized year-round by community members and other arts organizations.

CCCMF traditionally presents the finest classical and contemporary music by both world-class ensembles and exceptional young, emerging artists to Cape Cod audiences, developing new and younger audiences for chamber music.  It commissions new chamber works whenever possible and provides educational activities and programs that encourage, broaden and deepen the appreciation of the chamber music art form.  The Festival has become synonymous with great chamber music at the height of the tourist season on the Cape. Outreach programs have served students in the Barnstable, Chatham and Nauset school districts and at the May Center in Chatham, as well as the residents of Thirwood Place in Yarmouth and the Riverview School in Sandwich.

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 41st season CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in 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. 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, visit capecodchambermusic.org, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

Aug
23
Sun
Rescheduled: Toward the Sea with Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra
Aug 23 @ 3:00 pm

Varied program peers through a contemporary lens into the Pilgrim’s journey to America

String musicians perform during CCCO’s chamber concert, February, 2020
Image by Jean Kirby Photography

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra closes its second season as Cape Cod’s collaborative orchestra with Toward the Sea, a special program detailing the events of the Pilgrim’s journey and acknowledging indigenous people during the Mayflower’s 400th year on Sunday, August 23, 3 pm, with a pre-concert talk at 2:15 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Main Street, Rt. 28, Harwich Port.  A reception featuring Native American art from members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe follows the concert with an opportunity to meet the musicians.  The orchestra is conducted by Music Director Matthew Scinto, and features Cape Symphony’s principle flutist Zach Sheets and CCCO’s Charles Overton, harp.  The program’s new work is the creation of CCCO Composer-in-Residence Cody Forrest.

“The more and more I looked into the history of the Pilgrims and Native people the more I felt compelled to acknowledge the whole story.  On one hand, the Pilgrim’s journey can be looked at as an empowering one; men, women, and children traveling into the unknown to begin a new life. On the other hand, we have a story of war and disease that completely changed the lives of the indigenous people, many who still live on Cape Cod today. The goal of our program is to provide a deep reflection on these historic events”, shares Director Scinto.

Mashpee Wampanoag and musician Ej Mills Brennan will open the concert with her original composition Breath of Prayers on Native flute with vocals. Brennan maintains a firm belief in the healing power of the arts and has served as a music educator much of her life, working collaboratively to integrate arts on a variety of topics.

CCCO’s Season Two finale takes a contemporary look at the Pilgrim’s journey to America.  Forrest’s world premiere work They Were Pilgrims is rooted in the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, contextualized as a musical depiction of the historical events. Toru Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea for alto flute, harp and strings was commissioned in 1981 by Green Peace for their “Save the Whales” campaign. The work features a movement devoted to Cape Cod, and as the composer writes “is meditation and water wedded together”, further defining its importance. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s stormy Symphony No. 40 in G minor closes the afternoon’s dynamic program.

Charles Overton, Harp, by Jean Kirby Photography 2020

“We have a vision to explore our community through new music, fostering significance in the documentation of the Pilgrim journey witnessed in Cody’s new piece. Sharing this moment in history through new music allows us to bring the past into our reality today.  I hope these new sounds and experiences help us to reflect on the entire Mayflower story,” shares Scinto.

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, founded in 2018, is inspired by Scinto’s vision for the future of classical music on Cape Cod.  He is fulfilling his mission to collaborate with local Cape individuals, arts organizations and causes to create a unique concert experience of high quality, enriching and memorable orchestral music. Featuring living composers is at the forefront of his mission; bringing audiences closer to music and the beauty found across Cape Cod communities.

Tickets to Toward the Sea are$40 for reserved floor or balcony seats, $30 for general admission, all students (with valid ID) and children admitted for free. Tickets are available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-348-9202, or at the door by cash or credit card.  This concert is made possible in part by grants from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Harwich Cultural Council.

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