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Conductor’s Notes: Pioneers and Prodigies on May 7, 2017

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Here are Conductor Monte Perkins’s notes for the final Symphony Sundays concert of the season, Pioneers and Prodigies. We hope you join us on Sunday, May 7. At the final concert in our 2016 – 2017 season, two of the pieces we will play are well known, and one is deserving of far more recognition. In February of 1839 Felix …

Inspired by the Bard Conductor's Notes

Conductor’s Notes – “Inspired by the Bard” March 26, 2017

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Throughout history artists have inspired and been inspired by artists of their acquaintance and of previous periods. At the March 26, 2017 concert, “Inspired by the Bard,” we will present for you three works drawing on the genius of William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616). His many plays created a wealth of characters and plot lines calling out for musical treatment. …

Going for Baroque Conductor's Notes

Conductor’s Notes: Going For Baroque

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Good afternoon and welcome to our first concert for the new year. Today we will play pieces by well known composers whose works are seldom heard in the concert hall of the modern symphony orchestra. And, frankly, we will be presenting them in a way never envisioned by the composers. The period of roughly 1575 – 1750 is referred to …

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 …

Nationally Acclaimed Soprano Kathy Pyeatt to Guest Perform in “Bigger Is Better”

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We are pleased to have Kathy Pyeatt for our Symphony Sundays season finale, “Bigger Is Better.” She will guest perform in Richard Strauss’s “Four Last Songs.” A nationally acclaimed soprano, Pyeatt has recently sung the title role in Tosca with the Asheville Lyric Opera, Bryan (TN) and Springfield (MO) Symphony Orchestras where critics have hailed her as a “greatly talented …

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 …