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Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra
About the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra

Enlivening our Community through Music

Following a momentous year highlighted by the transition from 27 wonderful years under the leadership of Royston Nash to the tenure of Maestro Jung-Ho Pak as its new artistic director and conductor, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra is set to embark on its 47th season.

Throughout its history, the orchestra has been committed to bringing audience members exhilarating, emotionally charged music of the highest caliber. Whether a performance is classical, pops or educational in nature, CCSO listeners are always challenged, satisfied and engaged.

The CCSO began as a small, all-volunteer symphonic ensemble, holding its first concert in 1962. Since then, it has evolved into a Cape Cod cultural icon comprised of 85 classically trained, professional musicians who are passionate about what they do. These musicians - together with stellar guest artists, generous sponsors and supporters, enthusiastic volunteers, exceptional staff and trustees, as well as world-class artistic directorship and innovative programming, have made the CCSO what it is today.

Each season the orchestra performs for more than 50,000 people. In addition to 5 Classics concerts and three CapePOPS! concerts presented from September through May in the 1400-seat Barnstable Performing Arts Center, the orchestra travels to Mashpee, Orleans and Falmouth to give outdoor performances in the summer months. In 2008, for the first time, a July 4th weekend music and fireworks extravaganza overlooking Hyannis Harbor was added to the schedule.

To heighten the musical experience, the CCSO offers informative pre-concert talks prior to each Classics concert, bringing music to life for both novice and experienced listeners. In addition, a variety of educational programs and opportunities are available for local elementary, middle and high schools. Through the MusicWorks! programs, students are able to interact with orchestra members, attend concerts and get an up-close and personal view of instruments and how they work and sound. They also can participate in competitions, audition for scholarships, play in ensembles and try their hand at composing.

With audience attendance and education program participation levels at their highest in CCSO history, we look forward to many more opportunities to enhance our community through music.

The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra holds all its performances at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Hyannis is centrally located, near the following towns and villages: Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Buzzards Bay, Centerville, Chatham, Cotuit, Craigville, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Harwich Port, Hyannis, Hyannisport, Marstons Mills, Mashpee, Orleans, Osterville, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, Woods Hole, Yarmouth, and Yarmouthport
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