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Program Notes

This is a compilation of program notes mostly written for concerts I've produced at the Jacksonville Public Library, but including some written for 2014 - 2016 Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra concerts, too.
 
The program selections at the Library are chosen by the performers, and through the the Library I have been privileged to host many the First Coast's finest musicians, including members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, as well as music faculty from both local and out-of-town colleges and universities. 
 
The Library has no budget to hire musicians, but by sponsoring the concerts we have been able to waive the rental fee for our fine 400-seat Hicks Auditorium.  We provide the musicians a first-rate, centrally-located hall free of charge, and at the same time provide the citizens of Jacksonville with first-rate cultural programs, also free.
 
Although some entries are article length, many of the following notes are necessarily brief, intentionally limited to two or three pithy sentences so as to fit into the limited space of the Library's printed program guides. The links in boldface typically lead to entries that are a little lengthier, sometimes combining notes about different pieces by the same composer that were performed on different concerts. 
 

John Adams: Short Ride in  a Fast Machine (J-Sym notes)

Carolyn Adams

Jean-Delphin Alard

Isaac Albéniz

Jay Althouse

George Antheil

Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle

Anton Arensky

Harold Arlen

Arno Babajanian

Grażyna Bacewicz

Johann Sebastian Bach

P.D.Q. Bach

Samuel Barber

Walter H. Barnes

DJ Mason Bates

Bob Becker

Alan Beeler

Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven: Sonata No. 28, Op. 101

Bix Beiderbecke

Vincenzo Bellini

Alban Berg

Hector Berlioz

Georges Bizet

Ernest Bloch

Luigi Boccherini

Jerry Bock

William Bolcom

Mars Bonfire

Charles Boone

Paul Bowles

Jane Boxall

Eugène Bozza

Johannes Brahms

Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony (J-Sym notes)

Timothy Brown

Uzee Brown, Jr.

William Brown

Gregory A. Bueche

Owen Burdick

Ferruccio Busoni

Jorge Cardoso

Eurico Carrapatoso 

Gaspar Cassadó

Patrick Castillo

Chen Yi

Frédéric Chopin

Chopin's Waltzes

Domenico Cimarosa

Andrew Clarke

Rebecca Clarke

Muzio Clementi

Francesco Conti

Carson Cooman

Aaron Copland

Ernesto Cordero

John Corigliano

Emily Crocker

Daniel Crozier

Christopher Deane

Claude Debussy

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (J-Sym notes)

Léo Delibes

Delibes: March from Sylvia (JSYO program notes)

François Devienne

David Diamond

Lawrence Dillon

Joe DiPietro

Stefano Donaudy

Franz & Karl Doppler

Jacob Druckman

Antonín Dvorák

Ross Edwards

Moritz Eggert

Aaron Einbond

George Enescu

Enescu: Roumanian Rhapsody (JSYO notes)

Oscar Escalada

Manuel de Falla

Ferenc Farkas

John Farmer

Larry Farrow

Gabriel Fauré

Michael Fiday

Gerald Finzi

Alfred Fissinger

Carlisle Floyd

Mark Ford

David Foster

Arthur Frackenpohl

Jean Françaix

César Franck

Gaspar Cassadó

Philippe Gaubert

George Gershwin

Alberto Ginastera

Philip Glass

Christoph Willibald Gluck

Georg Eduard Goltermann

Warren Gooch

Henryk Górecki

Charles Gounod

George Hamilton Green

Mark Grey

Edvard Grieg

Friedrich W. Grutzmacher

Vince Guaraldi

George Frideric Handel

Jeff Harrington

Jim Hart

Joseph Haydn

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 90 (J-Sym notes) 

Michael Head

Jake Heggie

James Hetfield

Paul Hindemith

Sydney Hodkinson

Joel Hoffman

Moses Hogan

Gustav Holst

Holst: The Planets (J-Sym Masterworks notes)

Holst's The Planets

Holst: The Planets (abbr. for JYSO program notes)

John Hormon

Alan Hovhaness

Richard Hundley

Thom Hutcheson

 

Jacques Ibert

Heinrich Isaac

Charles Ives

Carrie Jacobs-Bond

Billy Joel

Kari Henrik Juusela

Dmitri Kabalevsky

John Kander

Daniel Kellogg

John Kennedy

Rupert Kettle

Aram Khachaturian

Khachaturian: Masquerade (J-Sym program notes)

Zoltán Kodály

Ernesto Köhler

Steven Mark Kohn

Rodolphe Kreutzer

David Lang

Libby Larsen

Edward Lein

György Ligeti

Franz Liszt

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Fernando Lopes-Graça

Rolf Løvland

Celso Machado 

John Mackey

Gustav Mahler

Raúl Maldonado

Augusto Marcellino

Bohuslav Martinů

Pietro Mascagni

Peter Mathews

Kristen Shiner McGuire

Marc Mellits

Felix Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (J-Sym notes)

Gian Carlo Menotti

José Luis Merlin

Olivier Messiaen

Messiaen: L'Ascension (J-Sym program notes)

Boniface Mganga

 Akira Miyoshi

Bob Moore

Undine Smith Moore

Hiro Morozumi

Ennio Morricone

Jules Mouquet

Jean-Joseph Mouret

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart: Concerto for 2 Pianos (J-Sym notes)

Mozart: Idomeneo Ballet Music (J-Sym notes)

Mozart Reguiem             (J-Sym program notes)

Clair Omar Musser

Neapolitan Songs

J.K.J. Neruda

Christopher Norton

Red Norvo

Eugene Novotney

Anders Nyberg

Fernando J. Obradors

Richard Peaslee

Krzysztof Penderecki

Daniel Perttu

Lloyd Pfautsch

Ástor Piazzolla

Juan Bautista Plaza

Amilcare Ponchielli

Francis Poulenc

Rosephanye Powell

Sergei Prokofiev

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 (J-Sym program notes)

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (J-Sym program notes)

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (J-Sym program notes)

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 (J-Sym notes)

Giacomo Puccini

Máximo Diego Pujol

Henry Purcell

Roger Quilter

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances (J-Sym notes)

Maurice Ravel

Ravel's Shéhérazade

Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin (J-Sym notes)

Max Reger

Steve Reich

Jimmy Roberts

Richard Rodgers

Catherine Rollins

James Romig

Gioachino Rossini

Nino Rota

John Rutter

Carol Bayer Sager

Camille Saint-Saëns

Francesco Santoliquido

Peter Schickele

William Louis Schirmer

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Franz Schubert

Schubert: "Unfinished" Symphony, D.759 (J-Sym notes)

Robert Schumann

Alexander Scriabin

Marc Shaiman

Dmitri Shostakovich

Shostakovich: Festive Overture (J-Sym notes)

Shostakovich: Tahiti Trot  (J-Sym program notes)

Sibelius: Violin Concerto    (J-Sym program notes)

Paul Smadbeck

Gary Smart

Bedřich Smetana

Gregg Smith

Lani Smith

András Somos

Stephen Sondheim

Tony Steve

Gordon Stout

Richard Strauss

R. Strauss: Horn Concerto (JSYO program notes)

R. Strauss: Serenade for 13 Winds, Op.7 (J-Sym notes)

Igor Stravinsky

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite       (J-Sym program notes)

Stravinsky: Petrushka (J-Sym program notes)

Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements (J-Sym notes)

Z. Randall Stroope

Johan Svendsen

Robert Swift

Piotr Szewczyk

Karol Szymanowski

Howard Tappan

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky: Cossack Dance (JYSO program notes)

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (J-Sym notes)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 (J-Sym notes)

Jeanine Tessori

Richard Pearson Thomas

Pier Adolfo Tirendelli

Francesco Paolo Tosti

Sulkhan Tsintsadze

Leo Tolstoy

Henri Tomasi

Lee Turner

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Giuseppe Verdi

Paul Vidal

Henri Vieuxtemps

Antonio Vivaldi

William Walton

Walton: VIola Concerto    (JSYO program notes)

Samuel Augustus Ward

Peter Warlock

Kurt Weill

Ethan Wickman

Christopher M. Wicks

Charles-Marie Widor

Henryk Wieniawski

Frank Wildhorn

Nathan Williamson

John Wesley Work III

Alex Wroten

Stephen Yarbrough

Eugène Ysaÿe

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