April 27, 2014 Concert Program Notes

John Williams — Liberty Fanfare Few modern composers have achieved the level of name recognition that is enjoyed by John Williams. Composer of scores to such popular films as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and of course Star Wars, Williams has managed...

April 4, 2014 Concert Program Notes

Brahms — A German Requiem The premiere of Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem took place in 1869, almost exactly five years before that of Giuseppe Verdi’s own Requiem. In a way, the two works defined the German-Italian split that had festered in the music world...

February 1, 2014 Concert Program Notes

Classical Mystery Tour – The Beatles Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra.  What would that have sounded like?  Find out for yourself when Classical Mystery Tour performs live in concert with the Phil. Starting with their first show at the...
November 16, 2013 Concert Program Notes

November 16, 2013 Concert Program Notes

George Frideric Handel — Messiah Every year at Christmas time, and again at Easter, the entire globe resonates in reverent union. From village chapels to city cathedrals, from London to Los Angeles, one sound carries the hearts and minds of Christians closer to...

Joaquín Rodrigo — Concierto de Aranjuez

 Joaquín Rodrigo — Concierto de Aranjuez Unlike the other two composers on tonight’s program, Rodrigo was a born-and-raised Spaniard, and one of the few such men to gain international fame as a composer during the 20th century. Blind from the age of three,...