Category: Program Notes

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We’re thrilled to have Maureen McMullan back for Pops. You’ll love her jazz style. It’s cool that she sang in the Lord of the Rings Symphony! Here’s her impressive bio: Maureen McMullan is a Scottish soprano, songwriter, arranger, producer, and …

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The recital piece Villanelle for horn and piano is a beautiful piece that mixes old with new. Many of itsmelodies can be played on natural horn (horn without valves, aka a hunting horn), giving the piece an  “antique” sound. Written in 1905 …

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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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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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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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