The orchestra mourns again this month. This time it is for one of our own. Richard Porter was a member of the oboe section and wrote extensively researched program notes for the orchestra for over 40 years. He was a generous and good-natured man and was a pleasure to play with and to work with. He died in late January.
An overview of music history through his program notes
His program notes were impressive and very informative. During rehearsal, the orchestra members would get multi-page versions that were far too long for the printed concert program. The historical background put the music in context.
He collected his program notes into a volume of 243 pages, published in 2016, which is available on Amazon.
“Music in Concord is a compilation of Program Notes written for concerts performed by the Concord Orchestra (Concord, MA USA) from 1975-2014 . These notes include biographical information on over 120 classical and modern composers, as well as an interpretation and commentary on selected works by each composer.
“The author, Dr. Richard Porter, is both a medical doctor and a musician. His involvement with the Concord Orchestra spanned 40 years, and included participation as both an oboist and annotator of the concert Program Notes.”