Cape Symphony to Start New Season with ‘American Storytellers’

JungHoPakHYANNIS – The new season of the Cape Symphony kicks off this weekend.

“American Storytellers: Copland & O’Connor” will be performed at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center Saturday and Sunday and will feature pieces from American composer Aaron Copland and guest artist Mark O’Connor, a 2-time Grammy Award winning fiddler, and the O’Connor Family Band.

Conductor and Artistic Director Jung Ho Pak said he works every year to create shows that go far beyond just an orchestra performance.

“I don’t want people to say we are going to the symphony. I want people to say we are going to have an incredible night out,” Pak said.

The Cape Symphony tries to create programs that are more theatrical, more dramatic and more interesting.

“Whether you have 10 collections of Beethoven Symphonies on your iPod or whether you are new to seeing symphonic music, we want people to come back over and over and over again,” Pak said.

The concert will feature a lot of music by American Composer Aaron Copland including “Hoedown.”

“It’s gorgeous music,” Pak said. “When people hear Aaron Copland’s music they think America.”

The concerts will also be the Cape Cod premiere for Mark O’Connor.

O’Connor has collaborated with famous artists Yo-Yo Ma to James Taylor.

“He is the greatest American fiddler,” Pak said. “He is what I consider to be the Johnny Appleseed of American fiddling.”

O’Connor will also be joined on stage by his wife Maggie, his son Forrest and his soon-to-be daughter-in-law Kate Lee for a unique interpretation of some of Copland’s Americana favorites.

The Saturday show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday performance is at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at


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