Program Notes | Fate and Finale

Sunday, May 7, 2023 / 4:00 pm EMILIE MAYER Born 1812, Friedland, Germany Died 1883, Berlin Faust Overture, op.46 Very few audiences today know the music of Emilie Mayer, but in the late 19th century she was one of those rarest people—a female composer whose…

Program Notes | One Love, One Planet

Sunday, April 16, 2023 / 4:00 pm FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN Born 1732, Rohrau Died 1809, Vienna Symphony No. 6, “Le Matin” (Morning) Prince Paul Anton Esterhazy hired Haydn as his Vice-Kapellmeister in May 1761, and the composer immediately took up his duties at the Esterhazy palace in…

Program Notes | O Roméo, Roméo!

Sunday, Feb 19, 2023 / 4:00 pm HECTOR BERLIOZ Born 1803, La Côte-St-André Died 1869, Paris Roméo et Juliette: Symphonie dramatique, op.17 Roméo et Juliette, which Berlioz considered his finest work, was shaped by three quite different events. In 1827, he went to see productions…

Program Notes | American Legacies

Sunday, Jan 15, 2023 / 4:00 pm GEORGE GERSHWIN Born 1898, Brooklyn Died 1937, Beverly Hills, CA Lullaby for Strings We so automatically identify George Gershwin with Broadway shows that it’s easy to forget that he wanted to succeed as a “classical” composer. He considered…

Program Notes | Firebird

Sunday, Oct 9, 2022 / 4:00 pm CÉSAR FRANCK Born 1822, Liege Died 1890, Paris Symphonic Variations When César Franck died in 1890 at the age of 68, he was worshiped by his students and regarded as one of the great French composers at the…

Program Notes | A Thousand Nights

Sunday, Sep 11, 2022 / 4:00 pm LILI BOULANGER Born 1893, Paris Died 1918, Mézy-sur-Seine D’un matin de pritemps The younger sister of the great teacher Nadia Boulanger, Lili Boulanger was a musician of extraordinary talent. A student of Fauré, Boulanger was the first woman…

Virgina Lawrence, viola

  Virginia Lawrence began studying the violin at the age of seven in the music program of the Midland, Michigan public schools. In high school she converted to viola, seduced by its wonderful tone and the richness it adds to the chamber music and orchestral...

Jennie Baccante, Violin

Jennie S. Baccante, a Grammy Award winning San Diego native, earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Southern California with Robert C. Lipsett and her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School in New York under…

Rebecca Ray, English Horn & Oboe Rebecca Ray has degrees from Ithaca College (1994 BM, Oboe Performance and Music Education) and the University of New Mexico (1997 MM, Oboe Performance). Ms. Ray has an active performance career and Rebecca Ray has degrees from Ithaca College…

John Tiranno, Tenor

Hailed by The New York Times as “ardent and mellifluous” as well as a “clear-voiced tenor”, John Tiranno’s recent engagements include the role of Man 1 in Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s opera Frida with Opera Southwest as well as El Paso Opera, performances of Mahler’s Songs…

Rebecca Robinson, Mezzo-Soprano

Praised for her “darkly pretty voice,” mezzo-soprano Rebecca Robinson has made a name for herself as a versatile and thoughtful performer. A Colorado resident, she performs regularly with the Central City Opera, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and as a soloist with the Colorado…

Jonathan Boen, Horn

Jonathan Boen has held the position of Principal Horn with the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1979 and the Grant Park Orchestra since 1998. He began his career with the Denver Symphony at the age of 21, and is the former Principal Horn for the…

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