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Program notes are written by Dr. Joseph Milicia.

November 26, 2018

December 8, 2018 Program Notes

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*Christmas Treasures, 2018*

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November 1, 2018

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*FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN* Born Rohrau, Austria, 31 March 1732; died Vienna, 31 May 1809. *Trumpet Concerto in Eb major.* Composed in 1796; first performance on record was 28 March 1800, Vienna Burgtheater, with soloist Anton Weidinger. The concerto calls for pairs of flutes, oboes, bassoons, horns and trumpets, plus timpani, strings and solo trumpet; it lasts about 15 minutes. 

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September 27, 2018

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*HECTOR BERLIOZ *Born 11 December 1803 near Grenoble, France; died Paris, 8 March 1869. *Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9. **Le carnaval romain*, written early in 1844, was derived from Berlioz’ opera Benvenuto Cellini, itself written 1836-38. The concert overture was first performed in Paris at the Salle Herz, the composer conducting, 3 February 1844. The score calls for 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 cornets, 3 trombones, timpani, cymbals, triangle, 2 tambourines, harp, and strings. Performance time is about 9 minutes.

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May 3, 2018

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JOHANNES BRAHMS Born Hamburg, Germany, 7 May 1833; died Vienna, 3 April 1897. *Nänie, Op. 82 *Composed 1880-81 and premiered 6 December 1881 with the composer leading the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. The work calls for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 3 trombones, timpani, 2 harps, strings and chorus. Duration about 15 minutes.

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February 26, 2018

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*FRANZ VON SUPPÉ* Born Split, Croatia, 18 April 1819; died Vienna, 21 May 1895. *Poet and Peasant Overture* Composed 1846 and first heard in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, 24 August of that year, the composer conducting. Tonight’s performance features flute, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, harp and strings. Duration about 10½ minutes.

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January 18, 2018

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Tonight’s program takes us to four very different places in musical history. Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony, written at the end of the Age of Enlightenment, is full of wit and elegance, gracefully balanced in structure. Weber’s Freischütz Overture, written only 30 years later, plunges us into the heart of the Romantic Age, with scenes of gothic terror and impulsive love. Another 80 years takes us to the Impressionism of Debussy’s moody sketches of the open sea (La Mer). And one more century later, at the turn of the 21st, Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body mixes contemporary sounds with echoes of a medieval monastery.

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November 27, 2017

December 9, 2017 Program Notes

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*Christmas Treasures, 2017 *

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