Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra to Present 2nd Annual Summer Celebration

HARWICH PORT – The Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, the region’s newest professional orchestra, will be presenting its second annual Summer Celebration: America and the Nords, next month.

Those in attendance will take part in an afternoon of music fit for a Cape Cod summer.

CCCO’s second annual Summer Celebration offers a program featuring the regional performance premiere of a work by American composer William Grant Still.

In 1931, Still became the first African American composer to have a symphony debuted by a major American orchestra. Success continued for the composer in 1936 when he became the first African American to conduct a major orchestra, leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

A concert highlight features Clarinetist David Dziardziel performing Aaron Copland’s majestic and jazz-filled Clarinet Concerto, a piece commissioned by jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman in 1947.

The concert concludes one of Edvard Grieg’s famous Lyric Pieces for strings, Erotik and Morton Gould’s set of Spirituals for Strings and Harp, featuring harpist Charles Overton.

In its first year, CCCO presented six unique programs, premiered four new compositions through its composer-residency program and collaborated with local visual artists, poets, and nonprofits. Reflecting on a solidly successful inaugural season, Music Director Scinto is inspired. 

“Classical music has launched a new chapter on the Lower Cape, filled with the energy, life and excitement that our musicians bring to every concert,” Scinto said.

“The connection between the composer, our audience and the musicians is continually palpable during our performances.” 

This summer’s concert extends CCCO’s celebration of its first full year with the Cape Cod debut of Serenade for Orchestra by William Grant Still. With the performance of this piece, CCCO continues its mission to provide the Cape with concerts featuring works by composers who have traditionally been under-represented in concert. 

“When I discovered the music of William Grant Still, I knew immediately that we needed to perform his music,” shares Scinto. 

“The listener’s heart and soul are captured from the first few notes of this Serenade.” 

Scinto feels the same can be said of Morton Gould, the composer famous for American Salute, but featured on this program for his Spirituals for Strings. “His take on traditional spirituals are all at once melancholic, extremely optimistic and exciting,” says Scinto.

Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, 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 will have an emphasis on championing the works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.

Tickets to Summer Celebration are $35 general admission. Tickets are available at, by calling 508-432-1668, or at the door by cash or credit card.

The concert is set to kick off at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 inside the Pilgrim Congregational Church, located at 533 Main Street, in Harwich Port. 

By TIM DUNN, News Center 

About Tim Dunn

Tim Dunn is a native of south coast Massachusetts, growing up in the small town of Mattapoisett and now resides in New Bedford. He’s worked in the News Center covering everything you need to know about on the Cape.
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