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!


Ode to America

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on May 6, 2018 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Ode to America" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All programs notes for this performance were written by Jo Marie T. Larkin. Fanfare for the Common Man Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Background A... More

Ode to Spring

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on March 25, 2018 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Ode to Spring" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All programs notes for this performance were written by Jo Marie T. Larkin. “Vitava” (The Moldau) from Má Vlast Bedřich Smetana (1824-188... More

Ode to Joy

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on February 18, 2017 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Ode to Joy" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All programs notes for this performance were written by Jo Marie T. Larkin. Overture to La belle Hélène Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) Backgr... More

Ode to Hope

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on November 19, 2017 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Ode to Hope" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All programs notes for this performance were written by Jo Marie T. Larkin. Joyride Michael Markowski (b. 1986) Background Joyride was ... More

Ode to Freedom

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on October 8, 2017 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Ode to Freedom" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. All programs notes for this performance were written by Jo Marie T. Larkin. To Those Who Serve Adolphus Hailstork (1941-) Background Sympho... More

Epic Revolutionaries

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on May 7, 2017 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Epic Revolutionaries" conducted by Theodore Kuchar. All programs notes for this performance were written by Jo Marie T. Larkin. Danzón No. 2 Arturo Márquez (1950-) Danzón No. 2 is an ... More

“Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique: Passionate & Poignant” Program Notes

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on March 26, 2017 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique: Passionate & Poignant" conducted by Sergey Bogza. All programs notes for this performance were written by Sergey Bogza. Overture: Carnaval, Op. 45 Alexander ... More

“Love, Strife, and Fate” Program Notes

These notes appeared in the printed program for distribution on February 19, 2017 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "Love, Strife, and Fate" conducted by Silas Huff. All programs notes for this performance were written by Jo Marie T. Larkin. Das Lieberverbot (Forbidden Love) Overture Richard Wagner ... More

“A Viewing” Program Notes

These notes originally appeared in the printed program for distributed on November 20, 2016 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of "A Viewing" conducted by Timothy Verville. All programs notes for this performance were written by Jo Marie T. Larkin. Red Cape Tango Michael Daugherty (b. 1954): The Metropolis ... More

“Explore the New World” Program Notes

These notes originally appeared in the printed program for distributed on October 16, 2016 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts for the performance of  "Explore the New World" conducted by Daniel W. Boothe. United Artists Kenneth Fuchs (July 1, 1956 – ) Kenneth Fuchs has composed music for orchestra, band, chorus, and various ... More