I discovered on my first attendance of a Cape Cod Symphony performance how highly supported it is by its’ patrons. The performance space at The Barnstable High School holds 1600 seats and I have to think that everyone was occupied. I chose this event, entitled Passport to Spain, since they were scheduled to play one of my favorites, Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo. It is marked by its fabulous Spanish guitar solo that I never tire of. I was not disappointed. The orchestra played with much love and passion for the music. What I really enjoyed was the way in which the conductor, Jung-Ho Pak presented the event. There were over 70 students from about 5 or 6 local High Schools in attendance which may be why the performance was more like a lecture demonstration. We were given information about all the composers and the theme and locale behind each piece. We met the Flamenco guitarist – Juanito Pascual, singer- Alfonso Mogaburo Cid and dancer- Sabrina Aviles. Each of the artists explained the major nuances attributed to each of their Flamenco forms. There was a short film with the Master, Andre Segovia explaining and demonstrating the many colors and “dreams” that the guitar can create. The conductor also offered information attributed to Spanish artists through the centuries. Some of the projections included works by: El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Dali and Picasso.
The musical program included works by composers: Torroba, Lara, Tchaikovsky, de Falla, Albéniz, Bizet, Rimsky-Korsakov and of course Rodrigo. The conductor brought much attention to the fact that most of these composers were not Spanish but brought to their work their own interpretations or reflections of what Spain was to them. We have all come to recognize the many flavors of these interpretations as Spanish, although they may not actually be artistically “correct”. But love them we still do.
The orchestra really was a joy to hear and I was very pleased to have attended this performance. I will be choosing to go hear the CCSO many times again. I only have to hop in the car for a 15 minute drive from the Inn. What a fabulous gem right at my fingertips.