Sunday, June 16, 2019 William Grant Still's "Serenade for Orchestra," Cape Cod July 28

William Grant Still (1895-1978)

June 10, 2019

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the region's newest professional orchestra, presents its second annual Summer Celebration: America and the Nords, an afternoon of music fit for a Cape Cod summer, on Sunday, July 28, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Main Street, Rt. 28, Harwich Port. The orchestra is conducted by Music Director Matthew Scinto, featuring clarinetist David Dziardziel. A pre-concert talk featuring Conductor Scinto will be held at 2:15 pm.

CCCO's second annual Summer Celebration offers a program featuring the regional performance premiere of a work by American composer William Grant Still. In 1931, Still became the first African American composer to have a symphony debuted by a major American orchestra. Success continued for the composer in 1936 when he became the first African American to conduct a major orchestra, leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.


This summer's concert extends CCCO's celebration of its first full year with the Cape Cod debut of Serenade for Orchestra by William Grant Still. With the performance of this piece, CCCO continues its mission to provide the Cape with concerts featuring works by composers who have traditionally been under-represented in concert. "When I discovered the music of William Grant Still, I knew immediately that we needed to perform his music," shares Scinto. "The listener's heart and soul are captured from the first few notes of this Serenade."

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