Program Notes

It is our goal to help you enjoy the music in every way possible. That’s why we present these Program Notes to help you understand the meaning of the music, what to listen for, the context in which it was written and played, and all the back stories, drama and intrigue. Enhance your Symphonicity experience with these notes. You’ll always find them here and in your program for every Masterworks concert. Enjoy!


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Timeless Threads Program Notes

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on November 17, 2019 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of “Timeless Threads” conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All program notes for this performance were written by Lee Dise. Truth be told, most music doesn't survive for more than a single generati... More

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Time Warp Program Notes

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on October 13, 2019 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Time Warp" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All program notes for this performance were written by Lee Dise. William F. Buckley, Jr., in a tribute dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) on ... More

Destinations Virginia

Destinations: Virginia

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on May 5, 2019 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Virginia" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All program notes for this performance were written by Lee Dise. Virginia has something for every lover of beauty—and who doesn’t love beauty? Virginia ... More

Symphonicity Masterworks United Kingdom

Destinations: United Kingdom

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on March 17, 2019 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "United Kingdom" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All program notes for this performance were written by Lee Dise. Among music scholars, British music has a reputation for conservatism. When Stravi... More

Symphonicity Destinations Italy

Destinations: Italy

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on February 17, 2019 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Italy" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All program notes for this performance were written by Lee Dise.   Messa Da Requiem Verdi (1813-1901) The Catholic mass is a mystical ceremony of ... More

Symphonicity Destinations-Austria

Destinations: Austria

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on November 18, 2018 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Austria" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All program notes for this performance were written by Lee Dise. The Austrian Empire wasn’t a nation like we tend to think of nations today. It ... More

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Destinations: Latin America

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on October 7, 2018 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Latin America" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All program notes for this performance were written by Lee Dise. National borders cannot restrict music. Chabrier and Debussy were Frenchmen ... More