Ilha Formosa: Music of Taiwan Program Notes

by Claudia Jensen and Bradley Clem Shui-Long Ma, Legend of Taiwan: Overture of Chivalrous Liao Tian-Ding Our concert today offers a kaleidoscopic view of contemporary Taiwanese music in all its diversity of styles, sounds, and subjects. We open with excerpts from a work about a legendary rebel

Program Notes for Leonard Bernstein at 100

by Bradley Clem and Claudia Jensen Leonard Bernstein Born: August 25, 1918, Lawrence, MA, Died: October 14, 1990, New York City Philharmonia Northwest joins orchestras and audiences worldwide to celebrate the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Each of the works on our program fits into the interlocking strands

Program Notes for Verdi’s Requiem

By Claudia Jensen and Bradley Clem Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) What is the Verdi Requiem? This has been the question since the first performance, on May 22, 1874, which took place in a church, San Marco in Milan, and in the context of a religious service with an

Program Notes for Viva Americas

by Bradley Clem and Claudia Jensen   Janitzio (1933) Silvestre Revueltas Born: December 31, 1899, Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, Mexico Died: October 5, 1940, Mexico City, Mexico Janitzio, by the Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, has been described as one of several “sophisticated picture-postcard” pieces (tone poems) he composed for the National Symphony

Program Notes for Finland 100 Concert

  by Bradley Clem and Claudia Jensen In our celebration “Finland 100,” all roads, in a sense, lead to Sibelius. As the music critic Tom Service wrote, the rich and vibrant musical culture of Finland, “which has produced more world-class composers and performers per capita than any

Program Notes for Yamada’s Symphony in F Major (“Triumph and Peace”)

by Dr. Memmi Ochi, based on materials provided by Mr. Yoshiyasu Hisamatsu, the chief editor for Yamada’s music at Craftone Inc. in Tokyo.   Symphony in F “Triumph and Peace” Composed: June 25, 1912-November 18, 1912 (Berlin) Premier: December 6, 1914 (Teikoku Gekijo, Tokyo) U.S. Premier: January 24, 1919 (Carnegie

Program Notes for October 1 Program – “At the Japanese Garden”

by Bradley Clem and Claudia Jensen   For our opening concert this season, Director Julia Tai has given us a deceptively simple title: “At the Japanese Garden.” We may think we know what this means, but through this title, Julia is asking us to delve into the

Concert III – Children’s Songs Program Notes

February 26, 2017 Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953): Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 Although the two composers on our program, Sergei Prokofiev and Maurice Ravel, are worlds apart in their musical styles and experiences, both take a similar approach in their works for children. They use strong

Concert II – The Great Tradition Program Notes

November 20, 2016 Wolfgang Mozart (1756 – 1791): Don Giovanni Overture Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni has had an immense impact on Western culture—artists, philosophers, and musicians have revered the work for its complexity, its beauty, indeed, for its perfection. Don Giovanni premiered in Prague in 1787, the result

Concert I – Drumroll, Please… Program Notes

October 23, 2016 Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868): La gazza ladra (overture) Philharmonia Northwest begins its 41st season quite literally with a drumroll—the opening of Rossini’s overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie). This was one of four (!) operas by Rossini that premiered in 1817, and