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CCSO to host 4th annual New Year's Day celebration

26 Dec 2013 11:07 AM
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Across the world, Jan. 1 signifies the start of a new year, and offers individuals the chance to approach the coming 12 months with a fresh perspective. And, while many may choose to focus on making resolutions pertaining to their physical appearance or financial standing, others take the opportunity to concentrate on enriching their everyday lives with culture and beauty. 

Although this is done in countless countries and throughout the U.S., one of the areas in which residents can easily stick to their goals is within the affluent coastal communities along the the easternmost portion of the state of Massachusetts. The opportunities for upscale entertainment found exclusively on Cape Cod is second to none, and local organizations are gearing up for an active year, which will commence with a special performance from local musicians.

CCSO readies for special annual performance
For the fourth year in a row, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra will host a seasonal celebration for the area community, which will provide individuals with the chance to sample savory treats, taste fine wines, establish new resolutions and dance to live music performed by the group. 

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, attendees will be able to share in the holiday spirit and participate in the Viennese tradition at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center on West Main Street in Hyannis. The afternoon of polkas, marches, waltzes, light operetta and Broadway tunes will be led by conductor Jung-Ho Pak, and highlight the talents of featured musicians such as soprano Megan Weston and baritone Joshua Jeremiah. Boasting a program of new music, new vocalists and a surprise spoof - which the organization has remained tight-lipped regarding - this annual event promises to be an exceptional experience for all who are interested in begin their year surrounded by good friends and stunning orchestral music.

Tickets to this performance range in price - starting at $29 and going up to $67 for premier seating - and can be purchased online at the CCSO's official website or through the box office by calling 508-362-1111.

Numerous performances held during December
While Jan. 1 will mark the start of 2014, it will not be the first time the CCSO has played for the public this season.

Leading up to the New Year's Day event, the group of musicians held a number of performances to commemorate the holidays. On Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8, the orchestra paired with The  Chatham Chorale, Cape Cod's Children Chorus and The Annie Moses Band for two daily Cape Cod Holiday shows - totaling six special performances over the weekend. Enjoying its first year with the CCSO, the band beings with it extensive experience, earned during incessant touring and successful debuts at both Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

Those in attendance were treated to the festive sounds of classical music, as well as jazz, pop and bluegrass, masterfully presented by the local singing groups in addition to the nationally acclaimed band. As the area organization continues to see heightened support in its annual offerings, it is likely that this early-December run of cheerful performances might also become a beloved tradition.

CCSO may acquire new performing arts center in coming months
Although each of the group's performances have been - and currently are - held at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center, which is located on the grounds of Barnstable High School, the increase in interest and support that has been exhibited in recent years has the organization eyeing a larger venue. 

According to local news periodical The Register, the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music & Arts (which merged with the CCSO in 2010) recently announced its hopes for the construction of a new concert hall that can better accommodate the organizations' growing schedule of events. Jerome Karter, executive director of the CCSCMA and Ocean Side Performance Center Inc., said that need for a new space increases with each new event added to the calendar.

"The high school has, and is, and will continue to serve us very well," Karter said at a press conference on Dec. 12, according to the newspaper. "We are bumping up into scheduling needs. They need the space more, we need the space more, and it just isn't available."

Providing additional reasons for the proposed change, Pak, who is also artistic director for the CCSCMA reportedly said that the introduction of a state-of-the-art facility could not only serve as a new home for the growing organization, but also might attract noteworthy musicians, as well as celebrated Broadway musicals. 

"We think it could be a magnet for great artists," Pak told the local news source. "Some of the greatest concert halls are associated with some of the great orchestras in the world, and that's not an accident." 

He added that as one of the most beautiful places on earth, Cape Cod could easily become home to modern concert hall, fit for one of the most highly regarded orchestras in the country, The Register reported.