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Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra Presents An Afternoon Of Chamber Music

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra Presents An Afternoon Of Chamber Music

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the region's newest professional orchestra, presents a winter concert An Afternoon of Chamber Music, on Sunday, February 17, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Main Street, Rt. 28, Harwich Port. A reception follows the concert with an opportunity to meet the musicians. Conductor Matthew Scinto and Composer-in-Residence Francis Snyder offer a pre-concert discussion at 2:15 pm. An Afternoon of Chamber Music is the third performance in the orchestra's four concert inaugural season series Navigations.

Members of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra are featured in An Afternoon of Chamber Music, offering performances of Mendelssohn's riveting String Octet in E flat, the debut of new art songs by composer-in-residence Francis Snyder, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Saint-Saëns Fantaisie for Violin and Harp.

Composer Francis Snyder shares some thoughts about his new composition: "For my piece titled 'Another', I collaborated with Conductor Matt Scinto and Mezzo-Soprano Marissa Plati to select a text that was both interesting and fun. We settled on several riddles by Irish poet Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver's Travels." Snyder scored the piece for mezzo-soprano (Marissa Plati), viola (Sam Kelder), and piano (Matthew Scinto), taking inspiration from Swift's home country of Ireland by borrowing from many Irish folk tunes. "The work is set in several movements, each its own riddle. Each riddle and movement pairing is titled simply 'Another', to allow the audience to enjoy the music, guess the answer to the riddle, or both!"

Violinist Jean Huang and Harpist Charles Overton are featured in Saint-Saëns Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, a piece written by Saint-Saëns in 1907, at age 72, while he enjoyed leisure time in the Italian Riviera.

CCCO's first season Navigations 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 plans; bringing audiences closer to music and the beauty found across Cape Cod communities.

Tickets to An Afternoon of Chamber Music are $30 general admission, $35 at the door, $15 for students ages 12 through college age, children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets are available at, by calling 508-432-1668, or at the door by cash or credit card.

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