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Program notes are written by Dr. Joseph Milicia.

April 11, 2019

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GEORGE FREDERICK HANDEL Born Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, now Germany, 23 February 1685; died 14 April 1759, London. *Messiah: “Lift Up Your Heads, Oh Ye Gates”* The oratorio Messiah was composed between 22 August and 14 September 1741, and premiered in Dublin, at the Great Music Hall, led by the composer, 13 April 1742. Handel revised the score numerous times to accommodate available singers and instruments. Tonight’s performance of “Lift Up Your Heads, Oh Ye Gates” includes 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, organ, strings and chorus. Duration: 3 minutes.

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March 4, 2019

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Tonight’s concert brings back four audience favorites among the music the SSO played at the Weill Center between 2005 and 2009. Our one “new” piece, music from the film A River Runs Through It, will accompany images from Sheboygan’s past, as part of our 100th year celebration.

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January 25, 2019

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*IGOR STRAVINSKY* Born Lomonosov, Russia, 17 June 1882; died New York, 6 April 1971. *Greeting Prelude.* Composed in 1955 and first performed by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony, 4 April of that year. The score calls for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, piano and strings. Duration: less than 1 minute.

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November 26, 2018

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*Christmas Treasures, 2018*

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November 1, 2018

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*FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN* Born Rohrau, Austria, 31 March 1732; died Vienna, 31 May 1809. *Trumpet Concerto in Eb major.* Composed in 1796; first performance on record was 28 March 1800, Vienna Burgtheater, with soloist Anton Weidinger. The concerto calls for pairs of flutes, oboes, bassoons, horns and trumpets, plus timpani, strings and solo trumpet; it lasts about 15 minutes.

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September 27, 2018

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*HECTOR BERLIOZ *Born 11 December 1803 near Grenoble, France; died Paris, 8 March 1869. *Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9. **Le carnaval romain*, written early in 1844, was derived from Berlioz’ opera Benvenuto Cellini, itself written 1836-38. The concert overture was first performed in Paris at the Salle Herz, the composer conducting, 3 February 1844. The score calls for 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 cornets, 3 trombones, timpani, cymbals, triangle, 2 tambourines, harp, and strings. Performance time is about 9 minutes.

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May 3, 2018

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JOHANNES BRAHMS Born Hamburg, Germany, 7 May 1833; died Vienna, 3 April 1897. *Nänie, Op. 82 *Composed 1880-81 and premiered 6 December 1881 with the composer leading the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. The work calls for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 3 trombones, timpani, 2 harps, strings and chorus. Duration about 15 minutes.

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February 26, 2018

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*FRANZ VON SUPPÉ* Born Split, Croatia, 18 April 1819; died Vienna, 21 May 1895. *Poet and Peasant Overture* Composed 1846 and first heard in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, 24 August of that year, the composer conducting. Tonight’s performance features flute, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, harp and strings. Duration about 10½ minutes.

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January 18, 2018

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Tonight’s program takes us to four very different places in musical history. Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony, written at the end of the Age of Enlightenment, is full of wit and elegance, gracefully balanced in structure. Weber’s Freischütz Overture, written only 30 years later, plunges us into the heart of the Romantic Age, with scenes of gothic terror and impulsive love. Another 80 years takes us to the Impressionism of Debussy’s moody sketches of the open sea (La Mer). And one more century later, at the turn of the 21st, Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body mixes contemporary sounds with echoes of a medieval monastery.

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November 27, 2017

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*Christmas Treasures, 2017 *

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