Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra
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2014 - 2015 Concert Season: Program 1
Saturday, October 18 - 8:00 p.m. - Portola Valley Presbyterian Church
Sunday,   October 19 - 2:30 p.m. - Los Altos United Methodist Church
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. His music has been performed by soloists, chamber groups, and orchestras internationally. As a pianist he has appeared as both soloist and collaborative artist with ensembles, instrumentalists, and singers, often performing his own work. He studied piano with Tania Agins and Robert Turner, and composition with Giampaolo Bracali at Manhattan School of Music.

In addition to this performance by the MSCO, his recently premiered works include Sextet for Piano and Strings (2014), commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles-based Salastina Music Society; and Trio for Harp, Flute, and Viola (2013), commissioned and performed by The Myriad Trio / Art of Élan, an ensemble comprised of principal players of the San Diego and Seattle Symphony Orchestras. Monterey Suite, a tone-picture set inspired the scenery and history of the Monterey peninsula, was commissioned by David Ramadanoff on behalf of the MSCO.

Chopin Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise

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.

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 - 8:00 p.m. - Portola Valley Presbyterian Church
Sunday,   February 8 - 2:30 p.m. - Los Altos United Methodist Church
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.

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.

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
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

Arias A Collection of Mozart Arias
Soloist for Mozart Arias and Mahler Symphony #4: Amina Edris, soprano

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 - 8:00 p.m. - Portola Valley Presbyterian Church
Sunday,   April 26 - 2:30 p.m. - Los Altos United Methodist Church
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.

tba Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor
Craig Reiss, violin

Craig Reiss

Craig Reiss grew up in Sacramento and became a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 1993. He also holds the position of Associate Principal Second Violin with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

Mr. Reiss has been a featured soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Central Massachusetts Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Vallejo Symphony.

Mr. Reiss earned his Bachelor of Music degree while working with Rafael Druian at Boston University, and in 1987 became an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Trevor Williams. He has participated in the Tanglewood, Spoleto, and Colorado Music Festivals. Craig is the founding member of the Eos Ensemble, a chamber group comprised of Opera and Ballet musicians, whose goal is to present concerts of wide ranging musical styles and instrumental combinations. The San Francisco Classical Voice wrote of them recently: "they performed with depth and power." Craig enjoys skiing, running and cycling when he’s not enjoying time with his wife Cheryl and kids Alana and Julian.

Richard Andaya, cello

Richard Andaya

Richard Andaya is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and Yale University, and has studied with Irene Sharp, Aldo Parisot, Gabor Rejto and Zara Nelsova.

He has served as principal cello with the Sacramento Symphony, the Colorado Philharmonic and National Repertory Orchestra and held positions with the Oakland, San Jose and New Haven Symphonies. He performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony and has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, the Colorado Philharmonic, the National Repertory Orchestra, the California Youth Symphony, the Vallejo Symphony and several times with the Sacramento Symphony.

He has been a Fellow at Tanglewood and has received full scholarships from The Banff Centre, the Blossom Festival and the Music Academy of the West. He has appeared in the master classes of Janos Starker, Paul Tortelier, William Pleeth and Joel Krosnick.

Mr. Andaya is former Principal Cello with the Honolulu Symphony, involved with the Sacramento Chamber Music Workshop, and has been on the California Summer Music faculty since 1997. He lives in Sacramento with his beautiful wife, Lena (also a cellist) and his two daughters, Natalie and Sarah.


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.

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.