Cape Symphony Partners with JFK Hyannis Museum for Celebration

HYANNIS – The Cape Symphony is partnering with the JFK Hyannis Museum Foundation to present a celebratory concert next month, in recognition of the former president’s 100th birthday.

“This will be a moving experience featuring songs like ‘High Hopes’ as performed by Frank Sinatra on the 1960 campaign trail, Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Fanfare for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy,’ and ‘The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers,’ which will incorporate archival video of speeches given by John, Robert and Ted Kennedy,” said Cape Symphony Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak. 

Kiki and Ted Kennedy Jr. are honorary chairs for the event and will be among the contributors to this celebratory tribute.

In addition, world-renowned cellist Amit Peled, award-winning baritone David McFerrin of the Boston Lyric Opera, and the Cape’s own Chatham Chorale will all take part in the experience.

“Amit will play ‘Song of the Birds,’ a traditional Spanish song performed by Pablo Casals when he appeared at the Kennedy White House in 1961,” explained Pak. “His performance will be even more special because he has the actual cello formerly owned by Casals.”

“President Kennedy understood the power of the arts and humanities in our society. He also loved being on Cape Cod whenever he could, being with his family and sailing on our waters. The concert is celebration of this important connection as well as an acknowledgment of the President’s promotion of the arts and value we place on the arts here on Cape Cod,” said John Allen, executive director of the JFK Hyannis Museum

The John F. Kennedy Centennial Commemoration concert will take place on Sunday, May 28 at 5 p.m. in the Barnstable Performing Arts Center.

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