W. BARNSTABLE and HARWICH PORT, MA - West Barnstable student Jim DellaMorte has been selected to perform in a pre-concert showcase with Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO) prior to its second annual An Afternoon of Chamber Music winter concert, on Sunday, February 16, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Main Street, Rt. 28, Harwich Port. The pre-concert student showcase performs at 2:15 pm., and the concert immediately follows beginning at 3 pm. A reception follows the concert with an opportunity to meet the musicians. The Orchestra is conducted by Music Director Matthew Scinto, and the performance features Charles Overton, harp.
DellaMorte, a senior at Barnstable High School, also matriculating at Cape Cod Community College, is taking advantage of a gap year to expand his love of aeronautics maintenance. He'll be performing Haydn’s 'Variations in F Minor' and Liebermann’s 'Nocturne No. 4'. At age seventeen, DellaMorte has added violin and organ studies to an already impressive list of accomplishments. He has been honored by Cape Conservatory more than once, winning first place in the senior division, which awarded him a full scholarship. He performs regularly at Cape Conservatory, featured as the student representative (soloist) at its fundraiser where he delighted the audience with his interpretation of a Copland work. His outstanding performances at the Chatham Music Club have earned him top awards for three consecutive years. Continuing his studies with Sylvia Karkus Furash, he receives occasional coaching from Robert Durso and Yoriko Fieleke of the Golandsky Institute (Taubman Approach). He has performed as soloist for the All-Cape Piano Fund, at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod Cultural Center, and is a regular featured performer at the Open Mic-Classical in Brewster.
“We might as well title this concert Dance from the Americas, with Aaron Copland’s iconic American ballet ‘Appalachian Spring’ and Astor Piazolla’s ‘History of the Tango’, featuring our harpist Charles Overton and violinist Emma Powell,” shares Director Scinto. “I’m also pleased to be featuring three very talented Cape Cod student musicians in our pre-concert showcase - pianist James DellaMorte (senior at Sturgis Charter School), cellist Andrew Juan (junior at Sturgis Charter School), and soprano Olivia Di Bari (senior at Nauset Regional High School).”
Members of Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra present An Afternoon of Chamber Music, featuring a program centered on harp, strings and winds, highlighting the exceptional talent of Charles Overton, harp, in Grandjany’s “Rhapsodie, Op. 10” and Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango”, paired with Dvořák’s “Piano Quartet”, rounding out to a rousing finish with the ever-beloved Copland “Appalachian Spring Suite”.
“In Copland’s case, I really don’t think he quite understood the impact that his work would have on the 1944 American music scene. He didn’t even have a title for the work, until choreographer Martha Graham suggested “Appalachian Spring” to him,” shares Scinto. “It is a work that captures the essence of our vast country, written while World War II raged on in Europe. For me, it contains the somber quality of a country in war, whilst conveying the wit and joy of folk music. It is a timeless portrait of Americana.”
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, founded in 2018, 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 $40 for reserved floor or balcony seats, $30 for general admission, children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets are available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-348-9202, or at the door by cash or credit card.
GRANDJANY Rhapsodie, Op. 10 | Charles Overton, harp
DVOŘÁK Piano Quartet in E Flat, Op. 87
PIAZZOLLA Histoire du Tango | Charles Overton, harp - Emma Powell, violin
COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite