Legacy Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-5-legacy/ Legacy often refers to that which is passed from one generation to another. In music, we may think of legacy in relationship to a style of composition that is given from teacher to teacher, or as a generational gift from past composers within

Symphonic Dances Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-4-symphonic-dances/ Two words that resonate in the music of today's concert are beauty and craft. The former is meant beyond the traditional concept of something pleasing to the eye and is used in this instance to incorporate the idea of stirring the intellect and

Kindred Spirits Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-2-kindred-spirits/ The great jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler released a record in 1969 entitled Music is the Healing Force of the Universe. Ayler’s music, inspired by the improvisatory traditions of jazz, blues, spirituals, and African chanting, brought forth a kind of sonic prayer that, when

Handelian Holidays Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-3-handelian-holidays/ Seasons are marked in many ways: pumpkin spice lattes, a dusting of snow, a crocus rising from the garden. We understand the passage of time as much with our senses as with our calendars. This fact may be presented in its purest form

“Remember the Ladies” Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-1-remember-the-ladies/ “I long to hear that you have declared an independancy—and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable

Perspectives: Fauré & Hagen Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-6-perspectives-faure-hagen/ The word perspective has several meanings. In one sense, it can refer to the art of drawing an object on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of height, weight, width, depth, and relation to other objects. Perspective can also

Mountains, Birds, and Dinosaurs – A Children’s Concert Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-5-mountains-birds-and-dinosaurs-a-childrens-concert/ A Musical Scavenger Hunt Welcome to the 5th concert in Philharmonia Northwest’s 22/23 season. We’re so glad you’re here. Our program notes usually talk about the history of the music we present, but for this concert we wanted to offer kids and parents a

The Trumpet Shall Sound Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-4-the-trumpet-shall-sound/ Saint Paul tells us in his first letter to the Corinthians that the sound of a trumpet will change all things. (1 Corinthians 15:52 if you’d like the full context.) Today’s concert may be hard-pressed to change all things, but it has the

Dancing in the Sun Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-2-dancing-in-the-sun/ Those of us living in the Pacific Northwest have a unique relationship with the sun. For certain times of the year, we don’t see it much, but when it shines, there is nothing quite like the sight of it setting behind the Olympic

Reinvention Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-1-musical-reinvention/ The past is always with us. Whether counted in centuries, years, or minutes, making sense of the time that has gone before us is essential to understanding the present. The arts exist at the intersection of past, present, and future, and music, in