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Program notes are written by Dr. Joseph Milicia.

April 27, 2015

May 9, 2015 Program Notes

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AARON COPLAND Born Brooklyn, NY, 14 November 1900; died Peekskill, NY, 2 December 1990. *A Lincoln Portrait* Written in 1942, A Lincoln Portrait was premiered 14 May of that year by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Andre Kostelanetz conducting and William Adams narrating. The score calls for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, snare drum, cymbals, glockenspiel, tam-tam, xylophone, sleigh bells, celesta, harp and strings. Performance time is about 14 minutes. Previous SSO performances of A Lincoln Portrait have featured narrators Herbert V. Kohler Jr. (2 December 1989, with Manuel Prestamo conducting the combined SSO/ Manitowoc Symphony) and Charles Krebs (16 June 2007, Andrews Sill conducting).

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March 2, 2015

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Walt Disney’s *Fantasia* (1940) was a true landmark in motion picture history: a full-length animated cartoon (Disney’s third, after *Snow White* and *Pinocchio*) illustrating works of classical music, with the collaboration of Leopold Stokowski  and (in all but *The Sorcerer’s Apprentice*) the Philadelphia Orchestra, originally released in stereophonic sound, a first for commercial movies. A sequel 60 years later, *Fantasia 2000*, featured James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Tonight’s concert honors these achievements with a program derived from the two films.

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January 26, 2015

February 7, 2015 Program Notes

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*PETER ILYCH TCHAIKOVSKY*

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November 4, 2014

November 15, 2014 Program Notes

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*RICHARD WAGNER *Born Leipzig, Saxony, 22 May 1813; died Venice, Italy, 13 February 1883.

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September 23, 2014

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*WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART*

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May 1, 2014

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The six concertos Bach sent to the Margrave of Brandenburg on 24 March 1721 are presumed to have been performed by Bach’s orchestra in Cöthen sometime...

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March 1, 2014

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Composed 1888 and premiered 28 October of that year in St. Petersburg, the composer conducting. The score calls for 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes (2nd doubling...

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February 1, 2014

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First performed 25 May 1823 for invited guests in the composer’s Berlin home, with Eduard Rietz, violin, and the composer at the piano, and for the...

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October 1, 2013

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Haydn’s opera Armida was composed in 1783 and premiered 26 February 1784 at the Esterhazy family’s Court Theatre, Haydn conducting. The Overture calls for flute, 2...

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May 1, 2013

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Composed between 1865 and 1868 (with the second movement making use of material from the 1850s), the German Requiem was premiered in its 7-movement entirety on...

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