Glorious Brass – Program Notes

G. Gabrieli – Canzoni and O Magnum Mysterium Venice in the sixteenth century was still a politically and commercially powerful force, and its music reflected its grandeur. San Marco (St. Mark’s), the magnificent basilica, had hosted musicians since medieval times, primarily a choir and organists. One of those organists was Andrea Gabrieli, who educated and […]

Program Notes – Simple Gifts

Stravinsky – L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) It is ironic that a pandemic is one factor in bringing Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) to our stage, since the pandemic before it curtailed the work’s performances in 1918 when it was written. Stravinsky was famous for his Paris ballets The Firebird and The […]

Program Notes – Symphonic Strings

Montgomery – Strum Jessie Montgomery belongs to a younger generation of composers who have found a seamless integration of classical techniques with styles of other cultural traditions. She studied the violin in her native Manhattan before attending Juilliard and New York University. In 1999 she began her association with the Sphinx Organization which promotes string […]