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2015–16

OCTOBER 2 NOVEMBER 20 DECEMBER 19 FEBRUARY 19 APRIL 8 JUNE 3

february 19 smash hits! LAWRENCE GOLAN conductor

STEVEN LIN piano

MOZART

Symphony No. 40 in G Minor RACHMANINOFF

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini STRAVINSKY

The Firebird Suite


DEAR FRIENDS, Welcome to tonight’s Denver Philharmonic Orchestra concert! With all the events, theatre, music and festivals that Denver has to offer, we’re honored you are spending your evening with us. We hope to create a wonderful memory and feeling that stays with you long after the music has ended, and sometimes even before the music has begun. How ’bout them Broncos?! Von Miller

Tonight, I’ll be thinking about wise words from Henry David

delivered some smash

Thoreau, who said, “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am

hits, tonight it’s our turn!

invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” Thoreau must have been to a DPO concert! Listening to our passionate musicians fill this hall with music, we hope that you “see no foe,” but instead find opportunities to meet your neighbors, mingle with musicians, and take part in the community offerings hosted by the DPO all season long! Please, sit back, relax, silence (but do not put away) your phone and experience the music! If you have any questions, or would like to share your personal DPO story, please feel free to talk with us: look for anyone with a blue name tag, or come and find me — we love getting to know all of you, and hope you will continue to make the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra a part of your story now and in the future! Sincerely,

Jon Olafson President of the Board, DPO

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2015–16 season. OCTOBER 2 NATURE’S REALM

FEBRUARY 19 SMASH HITS!

LAWRENCE GOLAN, conductor and violin

LAWRENCE GOLAN, conductor STEVEN LIN, piano

VIVALDI   “Autumn” from The ˇ ÁK   In Nature’s Realm DVOR

Four Seasons

Symphony No. 40 in G Minor Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini STRAVINSKY   The Firebird Suite MOZART  

TCHAIKOVSKY  

The Tempest; Fantasy-Overture, Op. 18 SIBELIUS   Symphony No. 5

RACHMANINOFF  

NOVEMBER 20 INEXTINGUISHABLE

APRIL 8 THE ONE RING

LAWRENCE GOLAN, conductor JAY CAMPBELL, cello Phoenix for Orchestra (Colorado premiere) ELGAR   Cello Concerto NIELSEN   Symphony No. 4 “Inextinguishable” LOCKLAIR  

DECEMBER 19 HOLIDAY CHEER! SCOTT O’NEIL, guest conductor SYDNEY HARPER, soprano and featuring COLORADO REPERTORY SINGERS, KYLE FLEMING, artistic director Holiday favorites including: Excerpts from “Christmas Concerto” Selections from Messiah TCHAIKOVSKY   Selections from The Nutcracker CORELLI   HANDEL  

Full repertoire available at denverphilharmonic.org

FEATURING THE LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY S. MORDECAI FUHRMAN, guest conductor AARON WILLE, flute Les Franc-Juges (Judges of the Secret Court) Suite Modale DE MEIJ, ORCH. VLIEGER   Symphony No. 1 “Lord of the Rings” BERLIOZ   BLOCH  

JUNE 3 EUROTRIP LAWRENCE GOLAN, conductor Ode to the Red Flag Symphony in D Minor GERSHWIN, ARR. WHITNEY   An American in Paris Suite SMETANA   The Moldau STRAUSS JR.   On the Beautiful Blue Danube KREISLER, ARR. MCALISTER   Liebesleid MONTI   Czardas LI, CHUNLAI   FRANCK  

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016 SMASH HITS! Central Presbyterian Church · Denver, Colorado · 7:30 pm

Lawrence Golan, conductor Steven Lin, piano W. A. Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor (1756 – 1791) I. Molto Allegro II. Andante III. Menuetto. Allegretto – Trio IV. Finale. Allegro assai

∙ 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION ∙ Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini featuring Steven Lin, piano

Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1882 – 1971) I. Introduction

II. Dance of the Firebird III. Variation on the Firebird IV. Round Dance of the Princesses V. Infernal Dance of King Kashchei VI. Berceuse VII. Finale

MEET THE MUSICIANS

Reception  Following the concert, meet & mingle in the lobby! 6

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LAWRENCE GOLAN MUSIC DIRECTOR The 2015–16 Season marks Lawrence’s third season as music director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. In high demand across the United States and internationally, Lawrence is also currently Music Director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington state, the York Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra & Opera Theatre at the University of Denver. In addition, he is the Principal Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic in South Korea. Lawrence continues to guest conduct professional orchestras, opera, and ballet companies in the U.S. and around the world. He has conducted in 26 states and 17 countries. Lawrence has garnered considerable international recognition for his work as a conductor. He has won 10 ASCAP Awards, five Global Music Awards, three American Prize awards, three Downbeat Magazine Awards, and two Prestige Music Awards. Following a highly successful four-year term as Resident Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony, Music Director Michael Christie said that Lawrence “is a programmer of virtually unprecedented creativity and scope.” That sentiment was confirmed in 2012 when Lawrence was named the Grand Prize Winner of The American Prize for Orchestral Programming.

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Lawrence is known for his inspired performances, imaginative programming, passion for developing new audiences, and excellent public speaking skills—entertaining and educating the audience from both on and off the podium. He is also recognized for his expertise in the complete spectrum of musical styles and periods. He has worked with artists ranging from Leonard Bernstein, Marilyn Horne, Daniel Barenboim and Joshua Bell to Frank Sinatra, Kenny G and ShaNaNa. A native of Chicago, Lawrence holds degrees in both conducting and violin performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (B.M. and M.M.) and the New England Conservatory of Music (D.M.A.). In addition, he studied at all of the major conducting festivals including Aspen and Tanglewood, where in 1999 he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship. Lawrence and his wife Cecilia, who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, have been married since 2003. They have two wonderful children: Giovanna and Joseph. Lawrence is represented by William Reinert Associates in New York. For more information, please visit LawrenceGolan.com or WilliamReinert.com.

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S. MORDECAI FUHRMAN ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR Conductor, percussionist, timpanist, and arranger, Samuel Mordecai Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Samuel has performed with and conducted Wilmington Get out your phone and

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Samuel received his undergraduate degree in music in percussion/timpani at the University of Delaware. In 2007, he won the University of Delaware Concerto Competition, performing Eric Bryce’s Concerto for Marimba / Vibraphone and Orchestra with the University of Delaware Symphony. Samuel studied conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he led multiple performances and received a Master of Music degree in 2014. In August 2013, Samuel led members of Kiev Chamber Orchestra and National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine in a performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring as part of the U Artist Music Festival. In addition to music, Samuel enjoys studying and contemplating cosmology and the evolution of the universe with his wife, Emily. This is his second season as associate conductor of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.

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STEVEN LIN PIANO The New York Times wrote Steven’s playing is “immaculately voiced and enhanced by admirable subtleties of shading and dynamics.” His growing list of awards include the 2012 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition and the John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In May 2014, his dynamic playing won him the Silver Medal at the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Israel. Recent recital engagements include his Kennedy Center debut and recitals for Strathmore Performing Arts Center and Macon Concert Association. As a concerto soloist, he was featured with the Kansas City Symphony, Waco Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony and Tulare County Symphony. Steven was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division at the age of 10 to study with Yoheved Kaplinsky. A two-time winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Piano Competition, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall at the age of 13. He has appeared on radio broadcasts including NPR’s From The Top and WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase. Steven earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert McDonald and Matti Raekallio. He is pursuing a Performance Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music under the guidance of Robert McDonald. When not making music, Steven describes himself as an ‘NBA basketball fanatic,’ a source of great pride and commitment which began when he was 8 years old.

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Welcome to Central Presbyterian Church, an enthusiastic partner of the Denver Philharmonic and a dedicated supporter of the downtown arts and music communities. The historic sanctuary, the third in the church’s history, was designed by renowned Denver architect Frank Edbrooke and built in 1891. Though the pipe organ has been replaced several times throughout the church’s history, most recently by the Reuter Organ Company in 1962, the hand-painted organ facade pipes are original to the space. On Sunday mornings at Central, the

the New Genesis Transitional Shelter in

music of the classical masters lives

the basement just below your feet, the

comfortably next to gospel music

Central Visitation Program on the third

and spirituals, shape-note hymns

floor of this building, and is closely

performed in the Sacred Harp tradition,

involved with the Metro Caring hunger

performances by our folk-rock youth

relief center and the Colfax Community

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MORE THAN Attending a concert with us goes beyond an evening of high-caliber classical music. We have a lot of fun at our concerts — we live-tweet performances, hold lively pre-concert chats, and we’ve mingled over great eats at food truck tailgates, hiked South Table Mountain in Golden, sipped local wine, welcomed over 80 students from El Sistema Colorado as our opening act, hosted Valentine’s Day photo booths, enjoyed handmade truffles, brought in an instrument petting zoo, partnered with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to bring the Gates Planetarium (and the entire universe) into the hall, and more!

Here’s a taste of what’s in store for upcoming concerts —

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JUNE 3, 2016

PRECONCERT CHAT, 6:30PM

FOOD TRUCK TAILGATE, 5:30–7:15PM

Join Associate Conductor (and guest conductor!) S. Mordecai Fuhrman for an informal preconcert chat that will give you insights into the music and music-makers you’ll be listening to.

Our signature symphony tailgating is not to be missed! Starting at 5:30pm. Sorry friends, no booze at this family-friendly tailgate!

SELFIE CORNER, 6:15–7:15PM You shall not pass up this opportunity to snap a selfie with the White Wizard! Post on all your social media accounts, and be sure to tag us so we can like it.

RECEPTION, POSTCONCERT Say hello! Join us in the lobby after the concert for refreshments, meet the soloists, buy a t-shirt — and have fun!

PRE-CONCERT CHAT, 6:30PM Join Associate Conductor S. Mordecai Fuhrman for an informal preconcert chat that will give you insights into the music and music-makers you’ll be listening to.

RECEPTION, POSTCONCERT Say hello! Join us in the lobby after the concert for refreshments, meet the soloists, buy a t-shirt — and have fun!

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MUSIC.

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OUR MUSICIANS MUSIC DIRECTOR Lawrence Golan

ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR S. Mordecai Fuhrman

FIRST VIOLIN

Katherine Thayer, concertmaster Allison Kim, associate concertmaster Patsy Aronstein Melissa Barru Carrie Beeder Melissa Campbell Matt Grove Thomas Jatko Lubia Montenegro Kristine Pordesimo Emmy Reid Beth Schoening Vanessa Vari Elizabeth Wall

SECOND VIOLIN Yiran Li, principal Niccolo Werner Casewit Valerie Clausen Christina Colalancia Terri Gonzales Miki Heine Annie Laury Callista Medland Wendy Montenegro Alyssa Oland Anne Silvas Albert Ting

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VIOLA

Lindsay Hayes, acting principal Naomi Croghan Victoria DiMarzio Lori Hanson Ana Montenegro Elizabeth O’Brien Anita Zerbe

CELLO

Bryan Scafuri, principal Naftari Burns Kyle Laney Ana Psitos Monica Sáles Rachel Warbelow Rachel Yanovitch Tara Yoder

BASS

Mark Stefaniw, principal Zach Antonio Lucy Bauer Josh Filley Taryn Galow Colton Kelly Jordan Walters, student intern

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FLUTE

Aaron Wille, principal Whitney Kelly Catherine Ricca Lanzano

OBOE

Kimberly Brody, principal Loren Meaux, assistant principal Alexis Junker

ENGLISH HORN Loren Meaux

CLARINET

Shaun Burley, principal Claude Wilbur

BASSOON

Ken Greenwald, principal Nicholas Lengyel

FRENCH HORN David Wallace, principal Jeanine Branting Kelli Hirsch Mary Brauer Robyn Chauvin

TROMBONE

William Combs, principal Wallace Orr

BASS TROMBONE Daniel Morris

TUBA

Darren DeLaup

TIMPANI

Steve Bulota, principal

PERCUSSION Heather Church Ross Coons Justin Elks Joey Glassman

HARP

Rebecca Moritzky, principal Jenilee Elsbernd

KEYBOARD Ani Gyulamiryan

TRUMPET

Ryan Spencer, prinicpal Ariel Van Dam Nick Kenny

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OUR TEAM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT Jon Olafson VICE-PRESIDENT Eleanor Glover SECRETARY Linda Lebsack TREASURER Allison Lausten Pauline Dallenbach, Honorary Member Dr. Robert Dallenbach Alixandra Feeley Sarah Hogan Russell Klein Maureen Keil Matt Meier Tenley Oldak

DENVER PHILHARMONIC FOUNDATION BOARD Keith Fisher Russell Klein Allison Lausten

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Valerie Clausen

OPERATIONS MANAGER Alixandra Feeley

PERSONNEL MANAGER Annie Laury

STAGE MANAGERS Taryn Galow Loren Meaux

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MUSIC LIBRARIAN Callista Medland Alyssa Oland, assistant

CONCERT PROGRAM

Ligature Creative Group, design Walker Burns, editing Alixandra Feeley, editing María Angélica Lasso, Spanish translation Callista Medland, editing Natalie Piontek, program notes

AUDIO TECH Joel Dallenbach

WEBMASTER

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EMBEDDED REPORTER Julia Compton Meg Satrom, editor

PUBLICITY & DEVELOPMENT

Niccolo Casewit Dr. Robert Dallenbach Stephanie Gillman, photographer Eleanor Glover Ali McNally Matt Meier Jeff Paul David Sherman

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OUTREACH Tenley Oldak Katherine Thayer David Wallace

DATA WRANGLER Callista Medland

BOX OFFICE

Cris Diaz, habla español Sarah Hogan Venus Klein María Angélica Lasso, habla español Annie Laury Allison Lausten Ali McNally Jon Olafson

RECEPTION Amy Anderson Allison Lausten

PARKING ADVISORS Linda Lebsack Hugh Pitcher

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VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES Our orchestra is run by volunteers, with no paid administrative staff. We would greatly appreciate help from more volunteers in the areas of publicity, fundraising, concert production, receptions, personnel, and outreach. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, please contact Executive Director Valerie Clausen at 303.653.2407 or email at vclausen@denverphilharmonic.org.

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PRESS PLAY!

The latest episode in our “Playing Out” webseries, Playing Out with Steven Lin, premiered this week on YouTube.com/DenverPhilharmonic. “Playing Out” takes soloists and guest

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on a 16th Street Mall piano, see Music Director Lawrence Golan on violin in the serene Denver Botanic Gardens with Vivaldi’s “Autumn,” November’s solo cellist, Jay Campbell explore downtown and perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto, or Sydney Harper carol at The Brown Palace.

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FEBRUARY 19 ∙ SMASH HITS! by NATALIE PIONTEK

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV. 550 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (1756 – 1791) During one whirlwind summer in 1788, Mozart started and completed what would become three of his most popular symphonies. His Symphony No. 40 is the second of those three. Thought to have been an inspiration for Beethoven’s Fifth, it’s one of only two symphonies Mozart composed in a minor key. Mozart wrote his first symphony when he was 8 years old. What were you doing? Duration: 27 minutes

A PRODIGAL TALENT Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose baptismal name is the tongue-twisting Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was born in 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. A child prodigy, his compositional genius has been mythologized in literature as well as cinema. Miloš Forman’s 1984 film Amadeus is perhaps the most well-known biographical account of Mozart in pop culture.

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Mozart began composing at age 5 and

used to hearing from Mozart. It opens

wrote more than 600 works by his young

in the contented key of E-flat major.

death at age 35. By the time he turned 18,

Charming, descending scalar motives (in

he had composed 30 of his 41 symphonies.

other words, the repeated patterns of de-

He could listen to a piece once and then

scending notes) are exchanged between

write it down from memory—a technique

the woodwinds before this movement, too,

he exercised the first time he listened to

moves into more gloomy territories, land-

Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere. He transcribed

ing on a stormy chord in E-flat minor. After

the piece in its entirety later that same day.

some more exchanges of the little scalar

THE MINOR MODE

motives we heard previously—the strings included this time—Mozart eventually

Most will recognize the turbulent opening

brings us back to comfortable grounds.

of the first movement; in addition to

The movement concludes in its home key

appearing in numerous television shows

of E-flat major.

and films (“Gilmore Girls,” “Animaniacs,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” to

One would be unlikely to classify the third

name a few) the movement’s exposition

movement as a dance upon hearing it, but

was one of the most popular ringtones in

the movement is indeed a minuet and trio.

the 1990s.

The movement doesn’t sound like a dance because of Mozart’s use of hemiolas: a

The violins introduce the main theme,

technique in which two, three-beat groups

which begins on an offbeat. This technique

are replaced by three, two-beat groups.

creates a sentiment of yearning and

The technique gives the music a feeling

instability, the feeling of a thought left

of being off-kilter and makes it difficult to

unfinished. It’s an approach that would

distinguish the meter of the piece.

be repeated later by Romantic composers, who sought often to recreate such

The first violins open the fourth move-

brooding sentiments in their compositions.

ment, outlining the home key of the

Repeated eighth notes in the viola section

symphony with an arpeggio in G minor.

drive this movement relentlessly forward.

This arpeggiated motive forms the crux of the movement and is repeated by each of

The second movement, a dance-like

the instrumental groups, modulated into

Andante, is more characteristic of the

numerous keys. Rapidly ascending scales

lighthearted and sprightly music we’re

are tossed between instruments, and the movement rushes to a fiery conclusion.

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Sergei Rachmaninoff  (1873 – 1943) Known for his unusually large hands, Rachmaninoff could reach an astonishingly wide interval of a 12th on the piano keyboard between his thumb and pinky finger—most people can barely reach an octave!

ABOUT RACHMANINOFF Born in 1873 in Semyonovo, Russia, Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Many of Rachmaninoff’s

composer, conductor and concert pianist. He stood at an impos-

works incorporate what

ing 6'6" and rarely smiled in photographs. He is most acclaimed

is known as the Dies Irae, the theme from the Medieval Mass of the

for his contributions to the piano repertoire, which include four concertos (five if you count the Rhapsody), 24 Preludes, and two

Dead. Cheery!

piano sonatas, among others.

Duration: 25 minutes

DIFFICULT BEGINNINGS Rachmaninoff had a tumultuous career full of highs and lows. The 1847 premiere of his first symphony, conducted sloppily by composer Alexander Glazunov, was nothing short of a catastrophe. Critics mocked and quickly disregarded the work. Having spent two years composing this symphony, the 23-year-old Rachmaninoff fell into a deep depression after the premiere.

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It would be another 10 years before he

The variations run the gamut of emotions:

would muster the courage to write his

playful and serious, serene and turbulent,

second symphony.

plaintive and exuberant. Rachmaninoff opens the work with an introduction

Yet, during the long setback he expe-

and the first variation, which, unusually,

rienced following the first symphony’s

precedes the main theme. Rachmaninoff

premiere, Rachmaninoff also fell in

varies Paganini’s theme in almost every

love—with his first cousin, Natalia Satina.

way imaginable in an extraordinary

Rachmaninoff and Natalia’s relationship

display of compositional virtuosity. He

was frowned upon by their families, but

writes the theme backwards, slows and

the two married nonetheless.

quickens the tempo, and inverts rhythms. He modulates the theme into the major

In 1917, the Russian Revolution forced

key and turns it upside down to create

the composer to depart his homeland.

the gorgeous and sweeping Romantic

Rachmaninoff immigrated to the United

melody in the famous 18th variation. The

States, where he conducted concerts with

18th variation is often performed as a

the Philadelphia Orchestra, performed as

standalone work in its own right.

pianist, and lived until his death at age 69.

THE FIFTH PIANO CONCERTO

The 24th and last variation is perhaps the most technically daunting of all the variations. Before performing it himself,

Rachmaninoff wrote his Rhapsody on a

Rachmaninoff drank a glass of crème de

Theme of Paganini after the 24th and last

menthe to calm his nerves. Rapid ascend-

caprice from Paganini’s 24 caprices for

ing and descending passages in octaves

solo violin. Written as a set of 24 varia-

daunt even the finest pianist. However,

tions, the work features the Dies Irae, the

not one to take himself too seriously,

ominuous theme from the medieval Mass

Rachmaninoff finishes this tour-de-force of

of the Dead. Like Paganini’s Caprices, the

a movement with a soft, humorous little

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is a

quote of the main theme.

virtuosic showpiece.

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The Firebird Suite (1919) Igor Stravinsky  (1882 – 1971) Stravinsky originally conceived The Firebird as a ballet; The Firebird Suite is a selection of movements from the full production. Stravinsky made three different orchestral suites from The Firebird—one in 1911, one in 1919, and one in 1945. The 1919 Firebird Suite (performed tonight) remains the most popular. Stravinsky is famously rumored to have had

ABOUT STRAVINSKY

an affair with iconic

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, born in 1882 in Oranienbaum,

fashion designer Coco

Russia, championed the Modern era of classical music. His music

Chanel. This affair was

experimented with atonality, extreme dissonance, and, in his

the subject of the 2009

ballets, barbaric and unpleasant imagery. The Rite of Spring, a

mainstream film, Coco

ballet that Stravinsky premiered to a Parisian audience in 1913,

et Igor.

was so radical that the audience rioted during the performance.

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THE HISTORY Stravinsky’s music is classified into three periods: the Russian period, the Neoclassical period, and the Serial period. From the Russian period we recognize composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Stravinsky in fact studied under the tutelage of Rimsky-Korsakov while attending university). The Russian period is characterized by the use of Russian folk songs and melodies, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite is one of the hallmark works of this period.

ABOUT THE MUSIC The story of The Firebird comes from Russian folktales and focuses on the hero, Prince Ivan. Ivan strays into an unknown forest, the “enchanted garden of Kastchei,” where he finds and kidnaps the firebird. The firebird, desperate to escape, provides the Prince a magical feather in exchange for her freedom. It is this magical feather that aids Ivan in defeating the evil Kastchei and winning his princess. The Firebird Suite is composed in five movements or tableaus. The work opens with an ominous statement and rumblings in the low strings, which immediately transport the listener into Kastchei’s mystical forest. The brass and winds follow soon

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after, enriching the soundscape. The violins perform tremolos, a technique in which the bow is moved back and forth quickly on a string, and glissandi, where the finger slides up and down a string, to create the haunting atmosphere. The Firebird is full of Stravinsky’s characteristically evocative wind writing. After hearing the brooding music of Kastchei’s forest, we are introduced to the firebird, which is portrayed colorfully by the flute, clarinet and piccolo. The lines between the three woodwinds are intricately interwoven, with one instrument picking up the tail end of an arpeggio where the other leaves off. The parts are technically and rhythmically devious, and for this reason they often make an appearance on orchestral audition lists. Flourishes in the harp and strings make this movement even more colorful. The trumpets and low brass take over in the demonic third tableau, Kastchei’s Infernal Dance (do you recognize this movement from the score for Disney’s Fantasia 2000?). The final tableau showcases Stravinsky’s talent for creating beautiful melody, and the entire orchestra comes together to sing the firebird’s lovely pastoral theme.

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CONCERT ETIQUETT If you are attending your first (or 300th) classical music concert, below are some frequently asked questions to help make your experience more enjoyable.

BE COMFORTABLE

APPLAUSE 101

There’s no dress code. From jeans to

In earlier times, audiences would routinely

suits, you’ll see it all! Wear what you’d

applaud between movements to show

like — you’ll fit in. We love you just the

their joy for the music they just heard.

way you are.

Then around the mid-19th century, it

COUGHING Ahem… Try to ‘bury’ your cough in a loud

became tradition to wait until the end of the piece to clap, with the audience sitting silent between movements.

passage of music. If you can’t, or you begin to cough a lot, don’t worry — it’s

At the DPO, we welcome both traditions.

perfectly acceptable and appropriate to

If you prefer to wait for the end of a piece

quietly exit the concert hall. Remember to

to clap, please do. Some movements are

unwrap cough drops before the concert so

fiery and end in such a flare that you may

you don’t create crackling noises.

feel compelled to clap — go for it! After a quiet movement, you may want to enjoy the feeling of transfixion and wait; there’s no need to applaud if you’re not feelin’ it. Regardless, we want you to feel comfortable and focus on the performance, not confusing applause rules!

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E SIT TIGHT

SOCIAL MEDIA

The rumors are true — we’re pretty

Feel free to tweet, post to Facebook or

informal. But we do ask that you sit tight

take photos without flash. Upload your

and quiet during the performance and

pics and comments online — and be sure

only get up between pieces or during in-

to tag us! We’re on Facebook, Twitter and

termission as to not distract the musicians

Instagram @denverphilorch #dpotweets

or concert-goers around you.

PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT

HAVE FUN! Rules, rules, rules — we know, it can be

You’re welcome to bring a water bottle

overwhelming. The most important rule of

into the hall, but remember “Trail Rules”

all is to have fun and enjoy yourself. And

— pack it in, pack it out. (This goes for

then tell all your friends and come back

trash too!)

again and again!

ELECTRONICS Please turn the sound off on your cell phones, pagers, and any other noisemaking device, including vibrate mode.

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ORCHESTRA SPOTLIG Who are the hard-working men and women behind those music stands? Get to know your orchestra! Each concert, we spotlight a few of our talented musicians. Tonight, meet Jessica, William, Loren, Mark, David and Rachel — JESSICA CLARK

clarinet with the Cascade Symphony. While

CLARINET/Eb CLARINET

living on Long Island and attending NYU,

SECOND DPO SEASON. Jessica received

Cascade Symphony invited Jessica to per-

her Bachelor’s in Music Education from

form Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.

the University of Michigan in 2004. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Clarinet

Jessica is a stay-at-home mom to her two

Performance from NYU where she studied

wonderful girls, Mariko, 3, and Yuna, 10

with Pascual Martinez-Forteza of the New

months. Jessica credits her girls for making

York Philharmonic.

every day a joy and an adventure. She and her family recently moved into the house

Jessica started playing piano when she

they built in Stapleton. Her spare time is

was 5 and clarinet beginning at age 9. She

spent putting the finishing touches on

studied privately with Laurie DeLuca of the

the house. Jessica can’t wait for spring,

Seattle Symphony until college in 2000.

warm weather and the chance to get back

Jessica also started playing trombone in

outside.

seventh grade so she could participate in jazz band. She played both clarinet

Jessica and her husband Toshi are originally

and trombone all through high school. In

from Seattle. After Toshi’s four-year radiol-

college, she played with both University

ogy residency on Long Island, they are

of Michigan bands and after graduating

glad to be back in the west and learning all

and moving back to Seattle, played first

about Denver!

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HT WILLIAM COMBS

He received his Performance Certificate in

PRINCIPAL TROMBONE

Trombone from the University of Denver

SECOND DPO SEASON. William has

in 2014, his Master’s of Music in Trombone

been playing trombone for 15 years and

Performance in 2013, also from the

is currently working on his DMA degree

University of Denver and his Bachelor’s

and the University of Colorado Boulder.

of Music in Trombone Performance

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and Music Education from Texas Tech

playing trombone, it is usually based

University in 2011.

around teaching and arranging. Both of those pursuits are a love of his life.

In addition to alto, tenor and bass

William feels that nothing is better than

trombone, he also plays didgeridoo.

the joy in leading a student to a new

William has performed with the Lubbock

place in their musicianship or the creation

Symphony, Denver Municipal Band,

of a new piece of music.

Colorado Wind Ensemble, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and Denver Brass in ad-

Definitely a foodie and a cook, one of his

dition to the DPO. On top of his classical

favorite things about moving to Denver

playing, William has been featured as the

has been finding all of the little home

“brass bass” for the stage show, “Dancing

run restaurants and trying new foods

at the Crossroads.”

and dishes. William also enjoys driving through the mountains and spending

When his work is something other than

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time at home with his family.

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LOREN MEAUX

Avery, who often come to concerts and

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OBOE/ ENGLISH HORN

who Loren would like to thank for putting

FIFTEENTH DPO SEASON. Loren has

ments all hours of the morning.

up with him making reeds for his instru-

been with the Denver Philharmonic since 2001 and is a graduate of the University

MARK STEFANIW

of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor in

PRINCIPAL DOUBLE BASS

Music Performance where he studied with

FIFTH DPO SEASON. Mark grew up

Peter Cooper.

playing accordion in elementary school and played electric bass in high school and

Loren has been playing the Oboe since

college. While managing a first career in

the fourth grade, which is a rarity as most

the computer industry, Mark picked up the

oboists start on clarinet or flute then move

double bass in 1984.

over to oboe later. An IT professional for Denver Health by day, Loren has a wonder-

Now retired from technology, Mark

ful wife, Jade, and beautiful 5-year-old boy,

returned to school and earned his double

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bass performance degree (BM) from MSU

an avid gardener. They enjoy hiking together

Denver in 2011. Currently embarked on an

and collecting native wild flower seeds.

unexpected second career as a professional musician, Mark has been principal bassist

DAVID WALLACE

with the DPO since 2010. Prior to DPO,

PRINCIPAL FRENCH HORN

Mark had performed several seasons with

NINTH DPO SEASON. David has served

the Jefferson and Lakewood Symphony or-

as the assistant principal horn in the

chestras, as well as Musica Sacra, Evergreen

Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and

Chamber Orchestra and the Longmont

played and recorded with the Chicago

Ballet/Dance Theater Company.

Symphony Orchestra. Broadway credits include the national companies of

Passionate about teaching, he is now in his

Tommy, the Phantom of the Opera,

third year as guest artist, chamber music

Miss Saigon, and Camelot. He’s soloed

coach and bass mentor, at the Denver

with the DPO, as well as the Northwest

School for the Arts (DSA). He also main-

Chicago and University of Pittsburgh

tains a successful private teaching studio,

Symphonies, and the Carnegie Symphony

and his students are beginning to flow

Orchestra. He also studied at The Aspen

into music conservatories and universities

Music School, Northwestern & Carnegie

across the country.

Mellon Universities. He received his MA in Instructional Technologies from CU,

Mark performs year round with his trio Blue

Denver, a BA from St. Olaf College in

Moon Bluegrass. Mark’s wife, Patti, is a bee-

Minnesota, and teaching certification

keeper, raises heritage breed turkeys, and is

from Regis University.

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Jason Shafer, clarinet

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David is in his eighth year as music teach-

RACHEL YANOVITCH

er at Tarver Elementary. Previous public

CELLO

education experience includes teaching

THIRD DPO SEASON. Rachel began

choral and instrumental music at both

studying piano at age 5, cello at age 9,

the middle and high school levels. He’s

guitar at 15. In her free time, along with

been Performing Artist in Residence at

performing with the DPO, she has enjoys

the Denver School of the Arts and for the

singing and songwriting. Rachel’s perfor-

Colorado Honor Bands, and horn and

mance history includes three solo recitals,

musical theater director at several area

playing with the Thames Valley Youth

high schools.

Orchestra in Connecticut, and, during high school, the Rhode Island Philharmonic

David enjoys spending free time with

Youth Orchestra.

his children Bud & Kate, skiing, cooking, and looking for places to build fires.

Rachel has her Associate’s degree in

As always, he continues his silent, yet

Theology from Calvary Chapel Bible

passionate, advocacy for bowling as an

College in Murrieta, California and works

Olympic sport.

full time as the Scheduling Coordinator for a family dental practice.

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SUNDAY CLASSICAL MUSIC 7:00 – 10:00 PM KPOF — 910 AM

Tune in to radio station KPOF (AM 910) from 7 – 10 pm on Sunday, February 28 for an encore of tonight’s Denver Philharmonic performance! Our Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges the vital contributions made by the Pillar of Fire Ministries / KPOF 910 AM to our orchestra and Denver’s classical music community. Over the past five decades, the Pillar of Fire Church has generously accommodated our orchestra rehearsals and many performances. Since 1963, Dr. Robert B. Dallenbach, and more recently his son, Joel Dallenbach, have meticulously recorded and broadcast all of the orchestra’s concerts.

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OUR HISTORY We may be one of Denver’s oldest orchestras, but we certainly don’t act our age. Dr. Antonia Brico, the first woman to con-

change came in 2004, and we became

duct the Berlin and New York Philharmonic

the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. Horst

Orchestras, founded our organization

served as music director and conductor

in 1948 as the Denver Businessmen’s

through 2009, after which he was appoint-

Orchestra. Antonia settled in Denver

ed the orchestra’s first Conductor Laureate.

after conducting professional orchestras across Europe and the U.S. She debuted

Adam Flatt came onboard as music

our orchestra to a packed auditorium

director in June 2010. Adam’s dynamic

explaining the need for a classical music

and inspiring leadership over the next

venue to showcase the talents of local,

three years continued Horst’s legacy and

classically trained musicians “with no place

further increased the artistic quality of the

to play.” Twenty years later, we’d be known

orchestra.

as the Brico Symphony, and Antonia would remain at the helm of the orchestra until

We selected award-winning conductor

her retirement in the mid-1980s.

Dr. Lawrence Golan as our conductor and music director when Adam departed in

After nearly 40 years under Antonia’s

2013. Lawrence, a professor and music

baton, the orchestra chose Russian-

director at the University of Denver’s

American conductor Julius Glaihengauz

Lamont School of Music, continues to pro-

as its second music director. A graduate of

duce innovative and quality programming,

the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow,

challenging our musicians and delighting

Julius led the newly renamed Centennial

our audiences.

Philharmonic for 11 seasons. And while we have a 68-year history in In 1999, Professor of Music at the

Denver, our mission is to continually rede-

University of Denver Dr. Horst Buchholz

fine the way our community experiences

took the baton. Our most recent name

and engages with classical music.

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THANK YOU!

Since January 1, 2015

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the following individuals, businesses and corporations.

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Ginger T. Clausen Justin Cohen Esmeralda Colfax Bob & Stacey Collins Robert & Pauline Dallenbach

IN-KIND DONORS Studio Hippo

HOTEL SPONSOR The Curtis Hotel

FLORAL SPONSOR Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist

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SEASON SUPPORTERS

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april 8 the one ring OUR MUSICAL JOURNEY BEGINS with Les Francs-Juges, Hector Berlioz’s medieval musical tale of triumph over judicial tyranny. DPO principal flute Aaron Wille leads you into the world of Ernest Bloch’s lyrical Suite Modale. The evening concludes with Johan De Meij’s epic Lord of the Rings Symphony based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. DPO Associate Conductor S. Mordecai Fuhrman conducts The One Ring.

S. MOREDCAI FUHRMAN guest conductor

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Les Franc-Juges (Judges of the Secret Court) BLOCH

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