Category: Program Notes

Read about the music before you come to the concert

Susan Jackson plays Liebermann Flute Concerto

For Pops this season, Susan Jackson, the orchestra’s principal flutist, will play the first movement of Lowell Liebermann’s Flute Concerto. The concerto starts out with a beautiful melody that might be from a movie soundtrack. Then the music bursts forth

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Learn more about the Walton Viola Concerto

In January 2018, we’ll play the magnificent Viola Concerto, written in 1929 by William Walton. Our soloist is Steven Ansell of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I’m always thrilled to discover new music that I’ve never played before. I think you,

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Do you know “How the Solar System Was Won”?

Did you know that “How the Solar System Was Won” was the original title for the great science fiction movie “2001”? Even though I’m a big fan, I didn’t know until I read Matthew Brown’s program notes. This imaginative piece

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Thundercats!

Next up is our December Family Holiday Concert. On the program, we’ve got two kid-themed characters: Thundercats & Paddington Bear. I’m not young enough to have been enthralled by the 80s series Thundercats, but I’ve learned that it was a

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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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