Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra Information

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Cape Symphony
Location Barnstable, Massachusetts
Principal conductor Jung-Ho Pak

The Cape Symphony is one of the largest professional orchestras in Massachusetts, located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


The Cape Symphony started as a community orchestra more than half a century ago in 1962. Since then, it has become one of the largest orchestral organizations in Massachusetts. Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak leads a polished[ citation needed] and professional[ citation needed] ensemble of 75 musicians, joined by emerging and world-class soloists[ citation needed] to bring innovative and accessible programming to the community.[ citation needed]

Featured guest artists have included pianists Jon Nakamatsu, Freddy Kempf and Ignat Solzhenitsyn, along with violinists Joshua Bell, Jennifer Frautschi, Miriam Fried, Ayako Yoshida and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Jazz great John Pizzarelli, trumpeter Byron Stripling and Nashville's Annie Moses Band have energized Cape Symphony Pops concerts.

The season includes five Masterpiece and three CapePOPS performances, plus a New Year’s Day Party concert, all held in the 1400-seat Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis, MA. During the summer, the orchestra performs to thousands of residents and vacationers at outdoor events.[ citation needed]

In 2010, the organization introduced Cape Symphony Presents Productions to bring more artists and cultural experiences to the community and support its symphonic performances, currently funded through a combination of ticket sales, private donations, sponsorships and alternative fundraisers. Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers, the classical/comedy duo Igudesman and Joo and The Vienna Boys Choir are among many who have headlined these events.[ citation needed]

In 2014, the Symphony introduced Nth Degree, the new force in Chamber Music. The group is directed by the Symphony's Concertmaster, Jae Cosmos Lee, and features Symphony principals and guest artists. Falmouth Academy presented the group's first series, The Titans, featuring the music of Brahms, Beethoven and Mozart.

The Cape Symphony is highly committed to education.[ citation needed] There are several programs related to the Season, including free concert talks and Master Classes. Through MusicWorks! Everday, the Cape Symphony brings an array of engaging[ citation needed] programs to more than 14,000 students on the Cape and Islands.

In 2010, the Symphony merged with the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music & Arts, forming the largest arts organization in the community. In addition to musical instruction, Cape Conservatory offers classes in dance, art and drama for all ages at campuses in West Barnstable and Falmouth. Its Pre-School program is known for blending traditional academics with the arts.[ citation needed]

The Cape Symphony is governed by a 26-member Board of Trustees and has a staff of ten+ professionals. The organization is supported by exceptional[ citation needed] trustees, generous[ citation needed] sponsors and supporters and enthusiastic[ citation needed] volunteers.

Music Directors

  • 2007– Present Jung-Ho Pak
  • 1980-2007 Royston Nash
  • 1970-1980 Jerry Cohen
  • 1969-1970 Osborne McConathy
  • 1968-1969 Kalman Novak
  • 1962-1967 Jennings Butterfield


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