CONDUCTOR’S NOTES – October 2, 2016 “Music for the Birds”

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We call this concert “Music For The Birds”, but a more apt title might be “Music Inspired By Our Feathered Friends”. Italian composer and musicologist Ottorino Respighi (1879 – 1936) wrote several scholarly treatises on Baroque music and composers.  His editions of the works of Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) and Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) are looked to yet …

Principal Horn Audition – Tues., Sept. 6

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Spread the word! We have an opening for Principal Horn, and the runner-up will be offered the Third Horn position. Auditions will take place on Tuesday, September 6, and you can call to schedule your audition appointment beginning in August. AUDITION DATE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 TIME: 6:45–10pm, by appointment. Call Festival City Symphony at 414-365-8861. We will be scheduling audition …

Conductor’s Notes, May 1, 2016, “Bigger Is Better”

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To close our “Symphony Sundays” season, we’ve chosen works that epitomize the Romantic Era, using a large orchestra and grand themes that were once described as erotic, decadent, immoral, and lascivious. Richard Wagner (1813 – 1893) had an overwhelming impact on music that is still debated today. His “music of the future” affected generations of composers of every nationality, whether …

Conductor’s Notes, March 20, 2016, “Peter and the Wolfgang”

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Throughout history composers have stood on the shoulders of the generations of composers who preceded them, learning, copying, and being inspired. Many have been quite open in their admiration, as was Tchaikovsky with Mozart.  We are pairing these two masters for you in four compositions. No one doubts the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791).  He glows brightly in the …

CONDUCTOR’S NOTES February 28, 2016 “FINNISH WITH SWEDISH & ILANA”

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Good afternoon and welcome to the first concert of 2016 by Festival City Symphony. Today we will perform three works: one well known; one universally admired; and one, though by a famous composer, a Milwaukee premiere. Our program begins with a piece that became part of the national consciousness in 1940 when Walt Disney released the cartoon film “Fantasia.” The …