Category Archives: Program Notes

22-hour Piñata

What’s your 22-hour Piñata? Excerpted from a February 15, 2013 column by Allison Vaillancourt, VP of Human Resources at University of Arizona  A couple of years ago my daughter’s Spanish teacher required

WSO Pops Dance!

WSO Pops Concert Program Notes (March 20, 2010) As the United States enters the second decade of the twenty-first century, dance continues to drive significant developments in American popular culture.  Network and

WSO Four Seasons

Program Notes:  Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons [WSO, 1/24/10] History has situated the Baroque period and its music as an era of extremes.  On the one hand, the opulence and material excess so

WSO Rhapsody

Rhapsody Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (September 2009) The history of the rhapsody begins with the ancient Greeks, who applied the term rhapso-dos to the recitation of epic poetry.  Over time, the idea of

Beethoven 9

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra with the NVCC College Choir Sunday, November 22, 2009 Mainstage Theater Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT PROGRAM NOTES BELOW Like Mozart and Haydn before him, Ludwig van Beethoven


Mendelssohn Bicentennial March 29, 2009 First Congregational Church of Waterbury Reverend Kenneth A. Frazier, Senior Minister Dieu parmi nous Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) Matt Sellier, organ The Beatitudes Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) The

WSO Mar 09

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Program Notes (March 8, 2009) This afternoon the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra presents an “International Showcase” of well-known works by composers who represent diverse national repertories:  Italian, French, Russian, and

WSO Nov 08

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra November 16, 2008 Baroque Favorites:  Corelli, Bach, Handel The composers featured this afternoon are Baroque “favorites” in every sense of the word.  Each composer achieved great success during his


Partial notes for The College Choir April 11, 2008 Tehillim! Temple B’nai Israel Leonard Bernstein (1918-90) ranks as one of the foremost contributors to a distinctively American brand of twentieth-century art music.

WSO Jan 08

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra January 27, 2008 The two works presented this afternoon have similar inspirational circumstances but opposite outcomes. Both masterpieces borrow ideas from folk songs, were composed within eight years of