Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra
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2014 - 2015 Concert Season: Program 1
 
Saturday, October 18 - Time to be announced - Portola Valley Presbyterian Church
Sunday,   October 19 - 2:30 p.m. - Los Altos United Methodist Church
 
Cavaterra
Cavaterra
Monterey Suite Monterey Suite

Last spring MSCO presented the final movement of Jeremy Cavaterra's newly-composed Monterey Suite. This season we have the privilege of performing the complete suite. Each of the suite's five movements has a relationship to a location in or near Monterey, California. These movements are titled "The Peninsula," "The Path of History," "The Aquarium," "Steinbeck Country", and "Marine Safari and Whale Watch". We're sure that you will enjoy the world premier of the complete presentation of this hauntingly beautiful work

Jeremy Cavaterra was born in New York City in 1971. From an early age the piano held a magnetic attraction for him, and he was drawn to work out pieces he had heard by ear, and to invent his own. When he was ten years old his family moved to Los Angeles, where he took up piano lessons with Tania Agins. Agins gave him a firm traditional foundation and also encouraged his interest in composing, introducing him to composer and UCLA professor Mark Carlson, who guided his efforts and provided him with theory instruction.

Cavaterra later furthered his piano studies with Robert Turner before moving back to New York to study composition at Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Giampaolo Bracali, with whom he also studied orchestration and conducting. From 1995–1999, Cavaterra lived in Italy, composing and performing as a pianist in the Rome area in concerts and festivals, both as soloist and in collaboration with other instrumentalists and singers.

Cavaterra’s work has been performed internationally by soloists and ensembles. In 2007, his piano suite Six Character Pieces received its Los Angeles and San Francisco premières by the brilliant Spanish pianist Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, with whom Cavaterra has enjoyed a long musical collaboration. In 2008, Cavaterra’s Fantasy for Four Instruments was commissioned by Pacific Serenades, the Los Angeles-based series, for its twenty-second season. -

 
Chopin
Chopin
Chopin Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise
Soloist Daniel Glover

Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22, was composed by Frédéric Chopin between 1830 and 1834.

The Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat, set for piano and orchestra, was written first, in 1830-31. In 1834, Chopin wrote an Andante Spianato in G for piano solo, which he added to the start of the piece, and joined the two parts with a fanfare-like sequence. The combined work was published in 1836 and was dedicated to Madame d'Este.

 
Dohnanyi
Dohnanyi
Variations on a Nursery Song Variations on a Nursery Song

The Variations on a Nursery Song consists of an Introduction and Theme, eleven Variations, and a Coda. The dramatic Introduction is followed by a witty, artful set of variations ranging from the innocent first variation to the romantic third variation, the scurrying sixth variation, and the boisterous, overcooked waltz in the seventh variation. Dohnányi treats the piano and orchestra as equals; every instrument is given its chance to shine.

2014 - 2015 Concert Season: Program 2
 
Saturday, February 7 - Time to be announced - Portola Valley Presbyterian Church
Sunday,   February 8 - 2:30 p.m. - Los Altos United Methodist Church
 
Respighi
Respighi
The Birds The Birds

The Birds (Italian: Gli uccelli) is a suite for small orchestra by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. Dating from 1927, the work is based on music from the 18th-century and represents an attempt to transcribe birdsong into musical notation. The work is in five movements:

  • "Prelude" (based on the music of Bernardo Pasquini)
  • "La colomba" ("The dove"; based on the music of Jacques de Gallot)
  • "La gallina" ("The hen"; based on the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau)
  • "L'usignuolo" ("The nightingale"; based on the folksong "Engels Nachtegaeltje")
  • "Il cucù" ("The cuckoo"; based on the music of Pasquini)
The suite was used for the ballet of the same name, first performed on February 19, 1933.

 
Weber
Weber
Rondo Andante and Hungarian Rondo for solo bassoon and orchestra

Andante e Rondo Ungarese was written in 1809 as a viola solo for Weber’s brother Fridolin and then reassigned to bassoon in 1813. The title of Andante e Rondo Ungarese, (translated as Andante and Hungarian Rondo), immediately prompts the question: How is the piece ‘Hungarian?’ Rather than using specific Hungarian references, Weber made use of an existing style common among street performers in Vienna, a style which invoked a general sense of "otherness" and a fascination with the Orient and exploration of foreign territories.

 
Haydn
Haydn
Symphony 98 Symphony No. 98 in B-flat major

The Symphony No. 98 in B flat major is the sixth of the so-called twelve London Symphonies (numbers 93-104) written by Joseph Haydn. It was completed in 1792 as part of the set of symphonies composed on his first trip to London. It was first performed at the Hanover Square Rooms in London on 2 March 1792.

The symphony's scoring is unusual among Haydn's later symphonies -- it includes an important part for harpsichord, which has a prominent solo near the end of the finale. Although the harpsichord was often used as a solo instrument, it was rarely given a prominence of this kind in purely orchestral works. Most likely, Haydn himself played the harpsichord at the premiere.

2014 - 2015 Concert Season: Program 3
 
Saturday, March 14 - 7:30 p.m. - St. Bede's Episcopal Church
Sunday,   March 22 - 2:30 p.m. - Los Altos United Methodist Church
 
Mozart
Mozart
Don Giovanni Overture to Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni (complete title, translated, is "The Rake Punished, or Don Giovanni") is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera on October 29, 1787.

A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Don Giovanni is currently tenth on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide. It has also proved a fruitful subject for writers and philosophers

 
Mozart
Mozart
Arias A Collection of Mozart Arias

Mahler
Mahler
Symphony 4 Symphony Number 4 in G major

Mahler's first four symphonies are often referred to as the "Wunderhorn" symphonies because many of their themes originate in earlier songs by Mahler on texts from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth's Magic Horn). The fourth symphony is built around a single song, "Das himmlische Leben". It is prefigured in various ways in the first three movements and sung in its entirety by a solo soprano in the fourth movement.

Early plans in which the Symphony was projected as a six-movement work, but Mahler later decided on a simpler structure for the score.

2014 - 2015 Concert Season: Program 4
 
Saturday, April 25 - Time to be announced - Portola Valley Presbyterian Church
Sunday,   April 26 - 2:30 p.m. - Los Altos United Methodist Church
 
Smetana
Smetana
Bartered Bride Overture to the Bartered Bride

The Bartered Bride (Czech: Prodaná nevěsta, The Sold Fiancée) is a comic opera in three acts by the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, to a libretto by Karel Sabina. The opera is considered to have made a major contribution towards the development of Czech music. It was composed during the period 1863–66, and first performed at the Provisional Theatre, Prague, on 30 May 1866 in a two-act format with spoken dialogue. Set in a country village and with realistic characters, it tells the story of how, after a late surprise revelation, true love prevails over the combined efforts of ambitious parents and a scheming marriage broker. The opera was not immediately successful, and was revised and extended in the following four years. In its final version, premiered in 1870, it gained rapid popularity and eventually became a worldwide success.

 
 
Brahms
Brahms
tba Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor

The Double Concerto was Brahms' final work for orchestra. It was composed in the summer of 1887, and first performed on 18 October of that year in the Gürzenich in Köln, Germany. Brahms approached the project with anxiety over writing for instruments that were not his own. He wrote it for the cellist Robert Hausmann, a frequent chamber music collaborator, and his old but estranged friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim. The concerto was, in part, a gesture of reconciliation towards Joachim.

 
 
Dvorak
Dvorak
Symphony No. 9 Symphony No. 9 in E minor (From the New World)

The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, Op. 95, B. 178 (Czech: Symfonie č. 9 e moll „Z nového světa“), popularly known as the New World Symphony, was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America from 1892 to 1895. It is by far his most popular symphony, and one of the most popular of all symphonies. In older literature and recordings, this symphony was often numbered as Symphony No. 5. Neil Armstrong took a recording of the New World Symphony to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, the first Moon landing, in 1969.