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Program notes are written by Dr. Joseph Milicia.

October 31, 2016

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Born 21 September 1874, Cheltenham, England; died 25 May 1934, London.
“Jupiter,” from The Planets, Op. 32.
Composed in late 1914 as part of The Planets, which was orchestrated in 1917 and premiered in a private performance at the Queen’s Hall, London, Adrian Boult conducting, 29 September 1918; first complete public hearing was 15 November, 1920, with the London Symphony Orchestra led by Albert Coates. “Jupiter” calls for a large orchestra of  2 piccolos, 2 flutes, 3 oboes, English horn, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, contrabassoon, 6 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tenor and bass tubas, timpani (two players), bass drum, side drum, cymbals, triangle, tambourine, glockenspiel, 2 harps, and strings. The SSO played “Jupiter” at the gala inaugural concert of the Weill Center, 13 October 2001, Guy Victor Bordo conducting. Duration 8 minutes.

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September 26, 2016

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Born Bonn, 17 December 1770; died Vienna, 26 March 1827.
Leonore Overture No. 3.
Composed early 1806, and first performed in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, 29 March of that year, Ignaz von Seyfried conducting. The score calls for pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani and strings. Performed by the SSO most recently on 20 October, 1990, Manuel Prestamo conducting, it lasts approximately 14 minutes. 

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May 02, 2016

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This evening’s concert is a night at the opera, with overtures, arias and scenes from 15 operas by 13 composers. “Act I” takes us from Mozart to Wagner, with rousing choruses by Leoncavallo, Weber and Verdi in between. “Act II” offers four scenes in which beautiful women draw men to them -- unintentionally in at least one case. And “Act III,” opening with a boisterous march and a quiet vigil, offers two of the most thrilling scenes in opera: the soaring final trio and intimate duet of Der Rosenkavalier and the public spectacle of Boris Godunov’s Coronation Scene.

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March 07, 2016

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Born Doborjan, Hungary, 22 October, 1811; died Bayreuth, Germany, 31 July, 1886.

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January 27, 2016

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Born Pesaro, Italy, 29 February 1792; died Paris, 13 November 1868.
The Barber of Seville: Overture
Written in 1813 as the overture for the opera Aureliano in Palmira, but repurposed as the overture of  Il Barbiere di Siviglia for ithe latter’s second production, in Bologna, premiered 16 August 1816.  The score calls for piccolo, flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, bass drum, cymbals and strings. Performance time is about 8 minutes. The SSO’s most recent performance was 4 February 2001, under the baton of Guy Victor Bordo.

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