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Aho, Kalevi (*1949)

The American composer Milton Babbitt was one of the chief innovators within musical Modernism. Babbitt sought to extend the organizational principles of twelve-tone serialism as conceived by Arnold Schoenberg to elements other than pitch, in the process becoming one of the originators of integral serialism.

Program Notes:

Seven Inventions and Postlude for oboe and cello

Amram, David (*1930)

The American composer Milton Babbitt was one of the chief innovators within musical Modernism. Babbitt sought to extend the organizational principles of twelve-tone serialism as conceived by Arnold Schoenberg to elements other than pitch, in the process becoming one of the originators of integral serialism.

Program Notes:

Blues and Variations for Monk for solo horn

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Babbitt, Milton (1916-2011)

The American composer Milton Babbitt was one of the chief innovators within musical Modernism. Babbitt sought to extend the organizational principles of twelve-tone serialism as conceived by Arnold Schoenberg to elements other than pitch, in the process becoming one of the originators of integral serialism.

Program Notes:

More Melismata for solo cello

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011

Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012

Chaconne, BWV 1004/5 for solo violin

Keyboard Concerto in A major, BWV 1055

Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582, orch. Stokowski

Bartók, Béla (1881-1945)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Forty-Four Duos, Sz. 98 for two violins (excerpts)

Bax, Arnold (1883-1953)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Cello Sonata in E-flat major

Folk-Tale for cello and piano

Beach, Amy (1867-1944)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Theme and Variations, Op. 80 for flute and string quartet

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Kakadu Variations, Op. 121a for piano trio

Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 2 No. 2

Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'The Tempest'

String Trio in E-flat major, Op. 3

String Trio in D major, Op. 9 No. 2

String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 No. 3

Benner, Al (*1955)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Grace Variations for violin and cello

Bolcom, William (*1938)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

The Serpent's Kiss for solo piano

Borodin, Alexander (1833-1887)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

String Quartet No. 2 in D major

Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40 for piano, violin, and horn

Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a

Phantasy, Op. 2 for oboe quartet

Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49 for solo oboe

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Cage, John (1912-1992)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Living Room Music

Cherubini, Luigi (1760-1842)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Sonata No. 2 in F major for horn and piano

Chopin, Frédéric (1810-1849)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Étude in F major, Op. 10 No. 8 'Sunshine'

Preludes, Op. 28: Nos. 15 'Raindrop' & 16 'Hades'

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Debussy, Claude (1862-1918)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Children's Corner, suite for piano

Clair de lune; Jardins sous la pluie

Dowland, John (1563-1626)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Songs and lute music [also create boxes for Domeniconi and Bogdanovic]

Dvořák, Antonín (1841-1904)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, Op. 26

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

String Sextet in A major, Op. 48

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Elgar, Edward (1857-1934)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

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Falla, Manuel de (1876-1946)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Seven Spanish Folk Songs

Fauré, Gabriel (1845-1924)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 117

Feldman, Morton (1926-1987)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Patterns in a Chromatic Field for cello and piano

Fleury, Hélène (1876-1957)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Fantaisie, Op. 18 for viola and piano

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Gershwin, George (1898-1937)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture, arr. Bennett

Rhapsody in Blue

Ginastera, Alberto (1916-1983)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23

Glass, Philip (*1937)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Partita No. 1 for solo cello 'Songs and Poems'

Glazunov, Alexander (1865-1936)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Elégie in G minor, Op. 44 for viola and piano

Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

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Haas, Pavel (1899-1944)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Wind Quintet, Op. 10

Halvorsen, Johan (1864-1935)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Passacaglia in G minor for violin and cello

Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Keyboard Trio in Bb major, Hob. XV:38

Piano Trio in C minor, Hob. XV:13

String Quartet in Bb major, Op. 76 No. 4 'Sunrise'

Hindemith, Paul (1895-1963)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Sonata, Op. 25 No. 1 for solo viola

Sonata, Op. 25 No. 3 for solo cello

Hoffmann, Heinrich Anton (1770-1842)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Duo in F major, Op. 5 No. 1 for violin and cello

Honegger, Arthur (1892-1955)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Paduana for solo cello

Sonatine, H. 80 for violin and cello

Hovhaness, Alan (1911-2000)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Four Bagatelles, Op. 30: No. 4

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Joplin, Scott (c.1868-1917)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Rags, Waltzes, and Marches (selections)

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Kagel, Mauricio (1931-2008)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Con Voce for three mute players

Dressur for three percussionists

Schattenklänge for bass clarinet

Siegfriedp’ for solo cello

Klughardt, August (1847-1902)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Schilflieder, Op. 28 for oboe, viola, and piano

Kodály, Zoltán (1882-1967)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Duo, Op. 7 for violin and cello

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang (1897-1957)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Piano Trio in D major, Op. 1

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

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Lansky, Paul (*1944)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Threads for four percussionists

Liszt, Franz (1811-1886)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Transcendental Étude No. 4 in D minor 'Mazeppa'

Loeffler, Charles Martin (1861-1935)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola, and piano

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Mamlok, Ursula (1923-2016)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Fantasy Variations for solo cello

Manookian, Jeff (*1953)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Khachkar for alto flute, harp, and strings

Martinů, Bohuslav (1890-1959)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Duo No. 1, H. 157 for violin and cello

Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

Milhaud, Darius (1892-1974)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Elégie, Op. 251 for cello and piano

Piano Trio, Op. 428

Miller, Alexander Lamont (*1968)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Let Freedom Ring for orchestra and narrator

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546

Divertimento in B-flat major, K. 254 for piano trio

Duo in G major, K. 423 for violin and viola

Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370

Sonata in D major, K. 381 for piano four hands

String Quartet No. 5 in F major, K. 158

The Magic Flute, K. 620

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Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Bertha's Song; Daydreaming at the Seaside; Two Souls in Heaven

Cello Duets, Opp. 21, 49-51 (excerpts)

Orff, Carl (1895-1982)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Carmina Burana

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Paganini, Niccolò (1782-1840)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Centone di Sonata No. 1 for violin and guitar

Pärt, Arvo (*1935)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Fratres for string orchestra

Piazzolla, Astor (1921-1992)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Histoire du Tango for flute and guitar

Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Crisantemi for string quartet

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Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Boléro

Piano Concerto in G major

Sonata for violin and cello

Reich, Steve (*1936)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Drumming, Part I for four percussionists

Respighi, Ottorino (1879-1936)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3

Three Botticelli Pictures

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai (1844-1908)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Roussel, Albert (1869-1937)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Elpénor, Op. 59 for flute and string quartet

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Schnittke, Alfred (1934-1998)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Suite in the Old Style for violin and piano

Schubert, Franz (1797-1828)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 531 'Death and the Maiden'

Schulhoff, Erwin (1894-1942)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Duo for violin and cello

Searle, Humphrey (1915-1982)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Three Cat Poems for speaker, flute, cello, and piano

Shostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8

String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

Stokes, Samuel (*1980)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Mythos for cello and bass

Scion of Eisenach for solo cello

Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major

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Taffanel, Paul (1844-1908)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Wind Quintet in G minor

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48

String Sextet in D minor, Op. 70 'Souvenir de Florence'

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Vieuxtemps, Henry (1820-1881)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Capriccio for solo viola 'Hommage à Paganini'

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Walker, George (1922-2018)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Icarus in Orbit

Winkler, Alexander (1865-1935)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Viola Sonata in C minor, Op. 10

Wolff, Christian (*1934)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Cello Song Variations ("Hallelujah, I'm a Bum")

Cello Suite Variation for solo cello

Wuorinen, Charles (1938-2020)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Grand Union for cello and drums

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Xenakis, Iannis (1922-2001)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Paille in the Wind for cello and piano

Kottos for solo cello

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Ysaÿe, Eugène (1858-1931)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Sonata in D minor, Op. 27 No. 3 for solo violin 'Ballade'

Yun, Isang (1917-1995)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Glissées for solo cello

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Zemlinsky, Alexander (1871-1942)

Today the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded by many listeners, performers, and music scholars as the greatest of all composers. Yet during his lifetime, that was not the case. For the majority of his career, Bach was employed as a music director, cantor, and school teacher who was only occasionally hired-out as an organ tuner and who only occasionally had the chance to demonstrate his technical skills on the organ and harpsichord.

Program Notes:

Humoreske for wind quintet

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"Afternoon Classics" with the Young Artists Chamber Orchestra

The Young Artists Chamber Orchestra is a select group of seven string students founded by John De Chiaro in fall 2014. Based in Alexandria, these young musicians have performed around the country in venues as prestigious as New York’s Carnegie Hall and West Point Military Academy. They have also won several national orchestra competitions. Now juniors and seniors in high school, these students have come to flourish under the mentorship of Mr. De Chiaro. Read More

Repertoire:

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750): Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 'Little'

Boyce, William (1711-1779): Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 2 No. 1

Clark, Larry (*1963): Dance of the Harlequins

Debussy, Claude (1862-1918): The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Newbold, Soon Hee (*1974): Lion City

"Arias, etc." with Haley Whitney and Kameron Lopreore

Opera has a long, storied history, one which began on the Italian peninsula around 1600 but soon saw itself expanding outward across Europe and around the world. Its major innovators have included the composers Claudio Monteverdi, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, and Alban Berg. Repeatedly, its stories tell of doomed lovers cursed by inescapable fates. So much of the repertoire is tragic, but there are also lighter moments, whole comedies too. Read More

Repertoire:

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750): Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 'Little'

Boyce, William (1711-1779): Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 2 No. 1

Clark, Larry (*1963): Dance of the Harlequins

Debussy, Claude (1862-1918): The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Newbold, Soon Hee (*1974): Lion City

"Classics and a Contemporary" with John De Chiaro

This evening’s program features the extraordinary John De Chiaro, recently called “one of the leading lights of classical guitar” by Fred Child, host of public radio’s Performance Today. This evening, Mr. De Chiaro will play music written or arranged for guitar from throughout the ages. There is early music by John Dowland and Domenico Scarlatti, the Grand Overture by nineteenth-century guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani, and pieces by Scott Joplin and Isaac Albéniz which bridge the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition, Mr. De Chiaro will play a brand new piece by contemporary composer Jackson Harmeyer. Read More

Repertoire:

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750): Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 'Little'

Boyce, William (1711-1779): Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 2 No. 1

Clark, Larry (*1963): Dance of the Harlequins

Debussy, Claude (1862-1918): The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Newbold, Soon Hee (*1974): Lion City

"Enchanted Landscapes" with Sally Horak and Tom Hundemer

The Austrian composer Franz Doppler was, with his younger brother Karl, regarded as one of the nineteenth century’s most talented flute virtuosi. While still children, the Dopplers became acquainted with the rich folk music traditions of many eastern European cultures as concert tours and also political upheavals took the brothers and their family wide and far. As young men, the Doppler brothers became Hungarian patriots in the turbulent 1840s. Read More

Repertoire:

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750): Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 'Little'

Boyce, William (1711-1779): Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 2 No. 1

Clark, Larry (*1963): Dance of the Harlequins

Debussy, Claude (1862-1918): The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Newbold, Soon Hee (*1974): Lion City

"Euphonium Unleashed I"

The euphonium is a valved brass instrument with a resounding baritone to tenor range. It is similar in shape and tone to the larger tuba and is sometimes called the tenor tuba. The first euphoniums, like the first tubas, were developed in the early nineteenth century as replacements to the various sizes of the ophicleide. The euphonium and tuba had a significant advantage over the ophicleide: these newer instruments had valves. Read More

Repertoire:

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750): Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 'Little'

Boyce, William (1711-1779): Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 2 No. 1

Clark, Larry (*1963): Dance of the Harlequins

Debussy, Claude (1862-1918): The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Newbold, Soon Hee (*1974): Lion City

"Euphonium Unleashed II"

The euphonium is a valved brass instrument with a resounding baritone to tenor range. It is similar in shape and tone to the larger tuba and is sometimes called the tenor tuba. The first euphoniums, like the first tubas, were developed in the early nineteenth century as replacements to the various sizes of the ophicleide. The euphonium and tuba had a significant advantage over the ophicleide: these newer instruments had valves. Read More

Repertoire:

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750): Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 'Little'

Boyce, William (1711-1779): Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 2 No. 1

Clark, Larry (*1963): Dance of the Harlequins

Debussy, Claude (1862-1918): The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Newbold, Soon Hee (*1974): Lion City

"An Evening of Guitar Classics" with John De Chiaro

Our Second Annual Sugarmill Music Festival begins with a concert by a local favorite, the classical guitarist John De Chiaro. His diverse program will sample a range of music, from Spanish guitar classics by Fernando Sor and Isaac Albéniz to arrangements of works by Scott Joplin and Erik Satie created by the guitarist himself. Relax and enjoy this wonderful concert, beginning with two pieces by the Renaissance lutenist and composer John Dowland. Read More

Repertoire:

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750): Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 'Little'

Boyce, William (1711-1779): Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 2 No. 1

Clark, Larry (*1963): Dance of the Harlequins

Debussy, Claude (1862-1918): The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Newbold, Soon Hee (*1974): Lion City

"Evening Harmonies" with the Dýchanie Duo

When we think of the Classical era in music, it is often the music of Vienna to which our minds are first drawn. In the 1780s and 1790s when Classicism was at its peak, Vienna was in fact where the era’s three leading composers—Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven—were all based. Yet, earlier in the century when Classicism was still in its development, Vienna was only one of several German-speaking cities with an important and individual musical culture. Read More

Repertoire:

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750): Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 'Little'

Boyce, William (1711-1779): Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 2 No. 1

Clark, Larry (*1963): Dance of the Harlequins

Debussy, Claude (1862-1918): The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Newbold, Soon Hee (*1974): Lion City

"An Evening of Romantic Song" with D'nissa Hester and Elen Bogacz

This evening soprano D’nissa Hester and pianist Elena Bogaczová grace Abendmusik Alexandria as they present “An Evening of Romantic Song.” Their selections include an array of songs which explore the concept of love in many of its varied guises. The songs are by German and French composers of the nineteenth century, many of the most admired creators of art song. Together we shall encounter German lied as well as its French parallel, the mélodieRead More

Repertoire:

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750): Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 'Little'

Boyce, William (1711-1779): Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 2 No. 1

Clark, Larry (*1963): Dance of the Harlequins

Debussy, Claude (1862-1918):