Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Hosting Concert Series in Effort to Expand Use

PROVINCETOWN – The historic Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) are massive tourist attractions on Cape Cod.

However, officials charged with running the facilities have been increasing efforts to expand its total usage.

PMPM Officials are kicking off a new music concert series as part of the effort that promises to bring chamber music to the Outer Cape. The series will consist of three concerts per year, all taking place during the offseason in the fall, winter, and spring.

The PMPM leadership has been working on presenting new and vibrant events throughout the year for the community, using the chamber music series as an addition to the organization’s mission to provide the area with access to local arts and culture.

“We’ve been really developing new events throughout the year and what I wanted to do when I took over the administration here was to bring the monument back to the people,” Museum Executive Director David Weidner. “One interesting way we’ve been trying to do that is to add music to our repertoire, so to speak, of the museum and the historic aspects of what’s happened here in Provincetown.”

The series was conceived by a volunteer advisory group led by Dr. Craig Combs, of Provincetown.

Combs says he’s been playing music since he was about three years old, and that he moved into chamber music over time.

“I moved to London about 15 years ago and lived there until we moved to Provincetown, and during that time I developed chamber music ensembles, literally around the world. I started and had one in London, I have one in Tennessee where my hometown is because I wanted my family to be able to hear me play. Now that I’ve moved to Provincetown, I was seeking the right place and the right group of people to support another chamber music experience here,” Combs recalled.

Weidner says he met Combs and conceived the idea with him about a year ago. He says the two have a “really good audience feel here at the Lower Cape for chamber music.”

“It’s new, it’s exciting, and we’re pleased to be able to offer this and start it out here because as an organization we’re very mission driven, and we wanted to ensure that we provide a continual mix of diverse opportunities: arts, literature, theater and music all come into play for our culture and our community,” Weidner said.

The first concert is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the East Gallery. Chamber Music of the Outer Cape will present Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman by Alan Louis Smith, with musical performances by a collection of six different musicians.

“I’m very excited about it because I just recently completed the same program we’re doing in another location and the audience really responded powerfully. The first half is straight up chamber music,” said Combs.

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.com News Center 

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