Category: Program Notes

Read about the music before you come to the concert

Duke Ellington’s The River

The River is a suite for ballet, a collaboration between Alvin Ailey and Ellington. The original concept was a depiction of the Mississippi, but Ellington’s plan evolved to a more spiritual level, a theme of birth and rebirth. The project had a rocky

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River Music at Concord Orchestra Pops

Rivers are powerful forces that shape landscapes and cultures around the world. There’s a lot of great music inspired by rivers. Come to Concord Orchestra Pops this May to hear some famous and inspired river music. Bernie Hoffer has written Korn

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Eric Sawyer on his music “Civil Disobedience”

The Concord Orchestra premieres Eric Sawyer’s Civil Disobedience with narrator David Gullette on March 31 and April 1, 2017. Eric describes how he used the text of Thoreau’s essay: “Civil Disobedience for narrator and orchestra draws from the text of Henry

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Music Director Notes: Spheres of Revolution Jan 2016

Music Director Dick Pittman writes: It’s particularly exciting to be working with the winner of this year’s Young Artist Competition, Nathaniel Abreu, who’ll be performing the Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No. 1.  Nathaniel is an extraordinary talent.  He’s not only technically

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Peter and the Wolf

Here’s my plot synopsis:

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