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 …