Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the region’s newest professional orchestra, announces its debut concert Here at the Edge of the Sea, on Sunday, April 15, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Main Street, Rt. 28, Harwich Port, conducted by Music Director Matthew Scinto. The performance features a collaboration with Cape Cod Writers Center, honoring National Poetry Month. Featuring poetry-inspired music, the program includes Cape poet Judith Askew’s “Here at the Edge of the Sea” set to original music by noted Boston composer-conductor Francis Snyder. In addition, poetry authored by students from Harwich’s Monomoy Regional High School will be on display in the church sanctuary.
“I'm very excited to bring this orchestra to the Cape community, which I am proud to call my new home,” said CCCO conductor Scinto. “Our first program is exactly what I envisioned when I set out to create this chamber orchestra - beautiful music from composers old and new, integrating the Cape's already rich cultural sphere, resulting in a celebration of poetry, creativity and art.”
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.
In addition to the poetry-inspired works, CCCO’s inaugural program features a diverse selection of compositions by classical master composers including Claude Debussy, Edward Elgar and Edvard Grieg. Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Zaray Rodriguez is featured as soloist in Gustav Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer”.
“We are so fortunate to have music in our world - it is the one constant despite generation after generation of change and still serves an important purpose to us today,” shares Scinto. “I believe this purpose will shine forth as a beacon of our artistic direction in this debut performance.”
Tickets to Here at the Edge of the Sea are $25 general admission in advance by April 15, $30 at the door; $15 for students ages 12 through college age, children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets are available at www.capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at the door by cash or credit card.
Program and Artist Background:
CLAUDE DEBUSSY - Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
EDWARD ELGAR - Chanson de Nuit & Chanson de Matin
FRANCIS SNYDER - Here at the Edge of the Sea: Three Poems by Judith Askew
- Intermission -
GUSTAV MAHLER - Songs of a Wayfarer, Zaray Rodriguez, mezzo-soprano
EDVARD GRIEG - Holberg Suite
Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor
Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony under Music Director Francisco Noya. Mr. Scinto received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Boston University, where he was a student of Stefan Asbury and David Hoose and twice received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. Mr. Scinto has studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, and was invited back again in July 2018. While at Boston University, Mr. Scinto served as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston University Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras where he covered and conducted in numerous concerts and opera productions, including Boston University's recent production of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2017. He has studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, and was invited back again in July 2018. Matthew Scinto has worked with conductors Bramwell Tovey, Ken-David Masur, Stefan Asbury, Diane Wittry, Daniel Hege, Marin Alsop, David Effron, and Markand Thakar. He has conducted such orchestras as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria, the New Haven Civic Orchestra, the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, the Indian Hill Sinfonia, the Miami Music Festival Orchestra, the Syracuse University Symphony, and the Boston University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
Zaray Rodriguez, Mezzo-Soprano
Cuban American Mezzo-Soprano Zaray Rodriguez is quickly making her mark as a young artist in operatic and concert work. Ms. Rodriguez has been a recipient of multiple grants and scholarships including Career Bridges Grant, Heida Hermanns International Vocal Competition, Society of Arts and Letters National Competition, and a Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Competition. Locally, Rodriguez has recently been seen performing the roles of Aunt Hannah Watkins in Emmeline, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Boston University Opera Institute. This Spring she will be featured in the Opera Institute’s performance as Florence Pike in Albert Herring, and Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande. Rodriguez will continue to make her debut as Carmen with Parkway Concert Orchestra and returns to Aspen Music Festival, summer 2018, to perform the role of Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti. Ms. Rodriguez studies voice under the tutelage of Professor Penelope Bitzas.
Francis Snyder, Composer
Francis Snyder is a Boston based composer and conductor and holds a Bachelor's of Music Theory and Composition degree from Boston University where he studied with Professors John Wallace, Jason Yust, and Ann Howard Jones. His compositions have been performed by members of many of Boston's music conservatories and he has conducted many of them himself. Since 2014, he has been the composer in residence at the Acadia Repertory Theater in Somesville, Maine, and composes music for their productions each summer. In 2016, his piece Parks and Ponds was commissioned and premiered by the Blue Hill, Maine group The Bagaduce Choral to celebrate the centennial of Acadia National Park. In the spring of 2017, he was chosen as the 2016/17 winner of the Boston University Orchestral Composition Competition. His piece Organic Appreciations was subsequently premiered by the Boston University Symphony in April of that year. He has also worked with many musical pit orchestras and has conducted performances of 'The Wedding Singer', 'Anything Goes', 'Les Miserables', and others.
About Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra
Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, the 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 champions the works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon. For more information visit www.capecodchamberorchestra.org, email [email protected], or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.
Photos: Courtesy, Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra
Top Right: Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor
Middle Left: MaeLynn Arnold, Violin
Lower Middle Left: Dr. Matthew Scinto, Conductor
Lower Right: Zaray Rodriguez, Mezzo-Soprano
Bottom Left: Francis Snyder, Composer