Thursday, June 13, 2024

CULTURAL CENTER OF CAPE COD

Mosquito Story Slam – Mother Nature

Bass River Arts Campus

Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 07:30 PM Price: $25

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Sign-up for storytellers is at 7pm. Tell a true 5-minute story all about Mother Nature’s unique impact on your life or come to enjoy the storytelling of others.

The Mosquito’s mission is to celebrate and honor the diversity and commonality of our human experiences through the art and craft of storytelling. Currently in our 10th year, The Mosquito has presented hundreds of stories to thousands of audience members at sold-out venues on Cape Cod. Mosquito Story Slams are an opportunity for audience members to participate by telling a 5-6 minute true, personal story based on a theme; additionally, The Mosquito features special guest storytellers and audience favorites.

Sonic Exploration, Music, and Conversation with Skooby Laposky

Bass River Arts Campus

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 07:30 PM Price: $25

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Join sound designer and artist Skooby Laposky for an evening of sonic exploration, musical performance, and conversation about his creative practice collaborating with nature. Through the use of biodata sonification, acoustic ecology and deep listening techniques, Laposky creates generative real-time sound installations, musical recordings, and live performances based on the dynamics of ecosystems that are often hidden or unconsidered. Laposky will be joined by his frequent collaborator, Los Angeles-based guitarist Charles Copley, performing as their new age ambient folk project Palm Reading. They’ll use the bioactivity surrounding the Cultural Center to create an immersive and restorative listening experience specific and unique to the Cape.

Recent projects from Laposky include the ongoing site-specific public art project Hidden Life Radio. Hidden Life Radio was awarded a New York Foundation for the Art’s Tomorrowlands Project Award in 2022 and broadcast in 2023 from New York’s Hudson Valley. Hidden Life Radio will broadcast from the Cultural Center for the month of May capturing the reawakened energy of spring leaf out. Laposky also continues to collaborate with MIT’s Open Space Programming offering restorative experiences to the public using his biodata sonification practice. Palm Reading’s debut location release was Malibu: Point Mugu on the Myndstream wellness music label. Their latest location release is a collection of compositions recorded in Joshua Tree National Park. Upcoming location releases include Walden Pond and oases in Palestine and Israel. A tour of live Palm Reading shows is currently in the works for 2024-2025.

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra Presents “Transfigured Night

Bass River Arts Campus

Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 03:00 PM Price: $35 Children & Students Free Tickets can be purchased on the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra Website.

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Join us for our chamber series finale at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, with music of Schoenberg and Frank Bridge.

Schoenberg, a pivotal figure in 20th-century music, composed “Transfigured Night” (Verklärte Nacht) in 1899. Originally written for a string sextet, he later arranged it for string orchestra and, more commonly, for string quartet. The work unfolds in a single movement and is deeply expressive. Inspired by a poem by Richard Dehmel, the music reflects the poem’s themes of love, forgiveness, and transformation. Schoenberg employs lush harmonies and chromaticism, breaking away from traditional tonality and foreshadowing his later atonal and twelve-tone compositions. The emotional intensity and rich textures in “Transfigured Night” make it a poignant exploration of human emotions and relationships.

Contrasting with Schoenberg’s avant-garde language, Frank Bridge’s “Three Idylls for String Quartet” offers a glimpse into early 20th-century English chamber music. Composed in 1906, Bridge’s idylls exude pastoral charm and folk-inspired melodies. Each idyll presents a distinctive character, ranging from the bucolic and serene to the lively and dance-like. Bridge, a notable teacher of Benjamin Britten, combines a lyrical and melodic approach with a keen sense of harmonic color. The folk elements in these idylls, though not directly quoting folk tunes, evoke a nostalgic and English countryside ambiance. Both works exemplify the diverse stylistic landscape of the early 20th century. Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night” challenges tonal boundaries, paving the way for radical developments in music, while Bridge’s “Three Idylls” embraces a more traditional yet evocative language. Together, they showcase the rich tapestry of musical expression during a period of significant artistic exploration and innovation.