Review: Cape Cod Symphony’s tribute concert makes local connections to JFK

Posted on: May 31, 2017

“The Cape’s celebration of the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth reached an emotional and musical crescendo Sunday evening,” writes Geoff Spillane in Monday’s (5/29) Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, MA). “A special multimedia concert presented by the Cape Symphony and the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum filled all 1,400 seats at the Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center. The concert, featuring a roster of high-profile guest speakers and appearances by several members of the Kennedy family live and via video, swept the audience through a visual and musical tour of the president’s life and legacy in a little more than 90 minutes. ‘We hope to rekindle his dream and legacy,’ said Connecticut state Sen. Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy Jr., the first guest speaker … And that it did. From the late president’s birth in Brookline to his advocacy for civil rights and space exploration to establishing the Cape Cod National Seashore, conductor Jung-Ho Pak and guests had it covered. In a particularly poignant performance, guest artist Amit Peled played a cello belonging to famed cellist Pablo Casals that was played during a recital in the Kennedy White House. A letter from Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, the president’s daughter, was read by Kiki Kennedy, wife of Ted Kennedy Jr. In the letter, Kennedy called the Cape a place her father ‘loved and called home.’ ”

Posted May 31, 2017