Heather Spatz to Release New Album, “Christmas on Cape Cod,”
After The Premier Performance of The Title Song at The Cape Symphony Orchestra’s “A Very Merry Pops!”
Harwich Port, MA - December 2, 2003 -- Cape Cod’s own rising young pop and jazz star, Heather Spatz, will release her first solo album, “Christmas on Cape Cod” this weekend, when she premiers the title song on stage with The Cape Symphony Orchestra, Royston Nash Conductor, at the annual “A Very Merry Pops!” concerts.
The pops concerts will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. at the BHS Performing Arts Center in Hyannis. Tickets for Sunday’s performance are already sold out.
Spatz has won both regional and national recognition and critical acclaim – performing on the stage here with The Cape Symphony Orchestra and Broadway tenor Fred Inkley and performing in front of last year’s Grammy nominees in Hollywood.
Spatz was selected by Hollywood’s Grammy Foundation last year as one of 12 vocalists nationwide to perform in the 2002 Grammy High School Jazz Ensemble at the Grammy’s Nominees’ Dinner just before the 44th Annual Grammy Awards ceremonies.
This weekend’s performances with The Cape Symphony Orchestra will mark the 4th time Spatz has appeared on stage with the orchestra. The first time she performed with the orchestra was during its holiday pops in 2001, when Spatz shared the stage with Broadway’s Fred Inkley, who is also a Cape Cod native and the pair charmed the audience with clever duets. Spatz also received a standing ovation after premiering with the symphony that year “When I Think of Christmas” -- another original song that is on her new album.
Both “Christmas on Cape Cod” and “When I Think of Christmas” were written by Cape Cod composer, Maureen Condon. With KelMatt Music Publishing of Harwich Port, Condon is also the producer of the “Christmas on Cape Cod” album. Condon noted, “Heather’s unique talent brings my songs -- along with a lot of traditional Christmas favorites -- to life on this album.”
The album offers a variety of Christmas melodies and treatments – from Heather’s haunting, lilting renditions of “O Holy Night,” “Ave Maria” and “Silent Night” to her spunky jazz interpretation of Deck the Halls. For romantics, Heather’s renditions of the album’s two original holiday love songs, “When I Think of Christmas,” and “A Moment in Times Square” – a song about popping the big question, also written by Condon -- are fresh and evocative.
As for the title song, “Christmas on Cape Cod,” – here is Heather’s take: “Growing up and spending my Christmases on Cape Cod always made the season so magical for me. Maureen’s song hit home with me right away. I could relate to so many of the things that were mentioned in the lyrics. From singing carols at the village strolls to insisting we have cider every Christmas Eve, nothing describes Christmas on Cape Cod more perfectly than this song,” Spatz said.e to have the CD recognized nationally,” she said.
The score for “Christmas on Cape Cod” which The Cape Symphony Orchestra will perform this weekend was arranged by Kevin Kaska, whose orchestral compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations have been performed before by Conductor Royston Nash with The Cape Symphony Orchestra and by other orchestras including the Saint Louis Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and many more. Kaska also arranged the synthesized score for “Christmas on Cape Cod” on the album. Ray Cavicchio arranged and performs the synthesized music for the other songs on the album.
Though still a teenager, and hoping to make a national name for herself in the recording industry, Spatz has already gathered an impressive number of awards. Downbeat Magazine named her HS Jazz Vocalist of the year, 2002. Berklee College of Music awarded her the Judges Choice Award in 2000, 2001, and 2002, and the Outstanding Vocalist Award in 2001 and 2002. The Roxbury Invitational Jazz Comp. awarded her the Outstanding Vocalist Award in 2001.
She’s also performed as a lead soprano, soloist, or solo guest performer at the following: The University of Miami Jazz Ensemble; Barnstable Vocal Jazz Ensemble; The Nashua, NH Symphony Orchestra; Massachusetts All State Choir; South East District Choir, and All Cape Cod & Islands Choir. This past summer, Spatz received a standing ovation from a crowd of more than 8,000 at the “Pops in the Park” in Orleans, MA, when she performed with The Cape Symphony Orchestra “We Are Americans” – a song commemorating September 11th and honoring the enduring and idealistic American spirit. This song was also written by Condon.
“The collaboration between Heather and myself on this album happily came about as a result of our individual musical connections to the Cape Symphony Orchestra,” Condon said. “I was delighted and enchanted when I heard Heather perform “When I Think of Christmas” two years ago with the symphony and then was brought to tears this summer when she performed “We Are Americans.” I’m very thankful to Cape Symphony Orchestra Conductor Royston Nash and his staff for all the encouragement given to both Heather and myself.”
Spatz’s new album, “Christmas on Cape Cod,” will be on sale in the BHS Performing Arts Center lobby during intermission and immediately after each of the three performances this weekend of The Cape Symphony Orchestra.
For further information about Heather Spatz or where to purchase her new album, visit: http://www.heatherspatz.com.
For further information about Maureen Condon’s original music, visit: http://www.kelmattmusicpublishing.com.
Music reviewers may obtain a copy of the CD after Dec. 8 by contacting either Heather Spatz or Maureen Condon via their web sites. Or by calling Maureen Condon at KelMatt Music Publishing at 508-432-0363.