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FOUNDERS CONCERT Helen Bader Concert Hall Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, UW-Milwaukee Sunday, January 19, 2014 3:00 PM

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Margery Deutsch, Music Director Shelby Keith Dixon, Associate Conductor Adrien Zitoun, Cello

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BIOGR APHIES Adrien Zitoun Cellist Adrien Zitoun joined the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in 2001. Prior to the MSO, Mr. Zitoun was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 1999-2001 and was principal cellist in his second season. In 2001, as a member of the Eusia String Quartet, he was awarded the Gold Medal at the esteemed Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The quartet tours regularly throughout the U.S., Finland, France and Japan and has released three CDs. They recorded the Korngold piano quartet with Izumi Tateno for AVEX Classics. They also recorded the second Britten string quartet in C, Takemitsu A Way A Lone, Takemitsu/ Kosma Autumn Leaves, and Purcell Chacony in g minor (arr. Britten), which won an award in Japan for best chamber music recording in 2006. The third recording was made with pianist James Dick and features the second piano quintet by Fauré and the Shostakovich piano quintet. Their recording of the Takemitsu/Kosma Autumn Leaves is also featured on a Book/CD dedicated to Takemitsu. Adrien Zitoun was also a member of the Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble in Japan. The ensemble, which has recorded four CDs, works under the leadership of violinist Yuko Mori. The ensemble received the “Critic Club Award” in 1999, the “ABC Music Award” and the “Japan Pen Club Award” in 2004. Mr. Zitoun is currently a member of the Philomusica String Quartet in residence at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the Clarus Piano Trio that performs at Cardinal Stritch University and Present Music. A native of France, Mr. Zitoun studied musicology at the University of Sorbonne in Paris for one year before being accepted into the National Superior Conservatory 2

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of Music in Lyon, where he studied cello with Yvan Chiffoleau. At this time, he also played with the Ensemble Orchestral de Mâcon and Symphony Orchestra of LyonVillerbanne and taught at the Privas and Brignais School of Music. In 1996, he obtained scholarships that enabled him to continue his music studies in the United States where Mr. Zitoun earned his Artist Diploma and a Masters of Music from Indiana University studying with Tusyoshi Tsutsumi and Janós Starker. Mr. Zitoun is an active teacher; he teaches at Cardinal Stritch University and Wisconsin Lutheran College, coaches students in MYSO’s Senior Symphony and Philharmonia and has dedicated private students. Mr. Zitoun will be performing the SaintSaëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor with the Wisconsin Philharmonic at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center on April 27, 2014, and the Mendelssohn Octet on the Frankly Music series at the Wisconsin Lutheran College on May 12, 2014. Margery Deutsch, Music Director Since 1987, Margery Deutsch has been Music Director of Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Senior Symphony and has led that orchestra on numerous international tours to critical acclaim. Under her leadership and direction, the Senior Symphony has performed in Austria, Czech Republic, China, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Canada (British Columbia and Quebec) and Scotland. In the summer of 2012 she led the Senior Symphony on a ten-day tour of Vienna and Prague where they were chosen to perform on the Gala Winners’ Concert in honor of their second prize placement in the 2012 Summa Cum Laude


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International Youth Music Festival. In 2000, the Senior Symphony was chosen as one of only five U.S. youth orchestras to participate in the National Youth Orchestra Festival in Sarasota, Florida. Nationally, Deutsch has conducted the orchestra in performances at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the Wisconsin Music Educators Conference (North Central Division) and the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Deutsch and the orchestra were selected by famed bassist and author Barry Green (The Inner Game of Music) to serve as the demonstration orchestra for his series of ensemble workbooks and videotape. In 2007, MYSO received a “Meet the Composer” grant through Music Alive and the American Symphony Orchestra League for which Deutsch conducted the world premiere of a commissioned work by composer Jeffrey Mumford.

Named Professor Emeritus in 2012, Deutsch served as Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1984-2012. She currently serves as the Music Director of UWM’s University Community Orchestra, an ensemble of over 120 musicians ranging in age from 12 to 100. Ms. Deutsch is actively involved with high school-age musicians throughout the country and is in frequent demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. She has served four terms on the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra Division. Prior to coming to Milwaukee, Deutsch served as Music Director of the Shreveport (LA) Symphony where she conducted classical, chamber orchestra, pops and children’s concerts, as well as operas. Versed in both orchestral and choral repertoire, she was Music Director of

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the Long Island Singers Society and, in Milwaukee, has guest conducted The Master Singers, Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee Choristers, Lawrence University Choir, Milwaukee Children’s Choir and the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. Deutsch has been a frequent guest conductor for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Youth, Children’s and Family concert series. In addition, she has worked with the Sheboygan Symphony, Aurora University’s Music by the Lake Opera Theater, Women’s Philharmonic (CA), Plymouth (MI) Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Charleston (SC) Symphony, Nebraska Sinfonia, Monroe (LA) Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, and the all-state orchestras of Massachusetts, Kansas, Missouri, Washington, Minnesota, Montana, Delaware, Maine and most recently, New York, as well as numerous district festivals throughout the country.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Deutsch received the 2001 Milwaukee Civic Music Association Award for Excellence in Contributions to Music and the 1990 UWM Undergraduate Teaching Award. She has been awarded conducting fellowships and scholarships from the Aspen Music Festival, the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and the Nebraska-based “Festival of a Thousand Oaks.” She was also invited to participate in the conducting seminar at Tanglewood where she took master classes with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Colin Davis. Her other teachers include Thomas Briccetti, Franco Ferrarra, Bruno Bartoletti, Piero Bellugi, Sergiu Commisiona and Dennis Russell Davies; she has also studied flute with Samuel Baron and voice with Jan DeGaetani. A native New Yorker and Regents Scholar, she holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting, a

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Master of Arts degree in Musicology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Flute and Vocal Performance. Shelby Keith Dixon, Associate Conductor Mr. Dixon has been a MYSO conductor since 1984 and Senior Symphony Associate Conductor since 1988. He is the retired Director of Orchestras and Chairman of Fine Arts at Homestead High School in Mequon. Prior to his tenure with the Mequon-Thiensville School District in 1975, he served as Choral Director at Deerfield High School, Deerfield, IL. For six years, he was Assistant Professor of Music at Alverno College in Milwaukee, where he taught the History and Literature of Music and was Musical Director of Theatre Alverno.

Mr. Dixon has extensive background in brasses, keyboard and strings. He has served as Music Director of Milwaukee Players at the Pabst Theatre, conductor with the Sullivan Chamber Ensemble Orchestra, Musical Assistant with Milwaukee’s Music Under the Stars, Assistant Conductor of the Northwestern University Chapel Choir and Interim Music Director of the Elgin (IL) Youth Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Dixon holds both the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees in the History and Literature of Music from Northwestern University, where he was a conducting student of the late John Phillip Paynter. He has taught on the music education faculty of Concordia UniversityWisconsin, supervises student teachers in music education, and has served on the board of directors for the Milwaukee Civic Music Association and Gathering on the Green.

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SENIOR SYMPHONY PERSONNEL FIRST VIOLINS Samantha Carter, Co-Concertmaster Wentong Zhang, Co-Concertmaster Rebekah Ruetz, Co-Concertmaster Linzheng Shi, Associate Concertmaster Abigail Schneider Rachel May Zaneta Domblesky Alex Zhu Mara Bajic Abigail Keller Jeffrey Teng Rishi Sachdev Liam McCarty Sebastian Chou Leah Lee Alex Quinn Marie Von Rueden Tristan Aniceto Justin Zhu Sonora Brusubardis Daniella Brusubardis Hannah Greene Lauren Crandall

Delavan Homeschooled Whitefish Bay Whitefish Bay H.S. Waukesha Homeschooled Brookfield Brookfield East H.S. Greendale Greendale H.S. Milwaukee eAchieve Academy Brookfield Homeschooled Brookfield Brookfield Academy Oconomowoc Kettle Moraine M.S. Mequon Homeschooled Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Elm Grove Brookfield Academy Mequon Homestead H.S. Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Wauwatosa Milwaukee H.S. of the Arts Milwaukee Brookfield Academy Oak Creek South Milwaukee H.S. Brookfield Brookfield Academy Dousman Homeschooled Dousman Homeschooled Waukesha Kettle Moraine H.S. Oconomowoc Kettle Moraine H.S.

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SECOND VIOLINS Julia Simpson, Co-Principal Oconomowoc Oconomowoc H.S. Mercedes Cullen, Co-Principal Milwaukee Pius XI H.S. Brian Zhu Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Nathan Wang Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Ivana Bajic Oconomowoc Kettle Moraine H.S. Malina Olsen Waukesha Waukesha North H.S. Sarah Plachinski Oak Creek The Prairie School Vivian Jiang New Berlin New Berlin Eisenhower H.S. Jieun Heo Whitefish Bay Whitefish Bay H.S. Abigail Lewis Waukesha Waukesha South H.S. Sabrina Wang Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Cassie Anderson Hartland Arrowhead H.S. Marshall Peng Mequon Homestead H.S. Elizabeth Hayes Shorewood Shorewood H.S. Ina Yun Kenosha Bradford H.S. Yunny Youm Shorewood Shorewood H.S. Nathan Oh Waukesha Waukesha North H.S. Min Heo Whitefish Bay Whitefish Bay H.S. Ellie Plachinski Oak Creek The Prairie School Kelsie Menzia West Allis Nathan Hale H.S. Samantha Bledstein Wales Kettle Moraine H.S. Allyson Bigelow Sussex Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S. Judith Moy Oconomowoc Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance Andy Hung Glendale Nicolet H.S. Patricia Avalos Milwaukee Carmen H.S. VIOLAS Timothy Reinholz, Co-Principal Mequon Homestead H.S. Nathaniel Sattler, Co-Principal Sheboygan Sheboygan North H.S. Hannah Thompson, Co-Principal Whitefish Bay Whitefish Bay H.S. David Foster, Co-Principal Elm Grove Brookfield East H.S. Carly Schulz Mequon Homestead H.S. Rebecca Miller Greendale Greendale H.S. Jenna Mark Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Rishil Mehta New Berlin Eisenhower H.S. Julia Steen Elm Grove Brookfield East H.S. Katie Voss Greendale Greendale H.S. Francesca Pessarelli Brookfield Brookfield East H.S. Alex Heuer Glendale Nicolet H.S. Jessica Hitchcock Brookfield Brookfield East H.S. Joohee Sim Whitefish Bay Whitefish Bay H.S. Crystal Mu単oz Oak Creek Oak Creek H.S. Nick Reit Menomonee Falls Marquette University H.S. Nicolas Calvache Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. Rafael Rodriguez Milwaukee Brookfield Academy

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CELLOS Kartik Papatla, Co-Principal Mequon Homestead H.S. Viktor Brusubardis, Co-Principal Dousman Homeschooled Matthew Frazier Lake Geneva Badger H.S. Garrison Keller Mequon Stanford Online H.S. Christian Morzinski Wauwatosa Wauwatosa West H.S. Joshua Baerwald Milwaukee Greendale H.S. Ben Boehm Shorewood Shorewood H.S. Benjamin Bauer Wauwatosa Wauwatosa East H.S. Eric Rokni Mequon Homestead H.S. Joshua Lukas Brookfield Brookfield East H.S. Christian Anderson Hartland Arrowhead H.S. Bayla Jane Waite Pewaukee Arrowhead H.S. Gabriela Cardenas Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S. Emma Bittner Wauwatosa Wauwatosa West H.S. Ben Karbowski New Berlin Brookfield Central H.S. Hannah Kasun Delafield Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance Evan Stroud Milwaukee University School of Milwaukee Margo Moran Milwaukee Wauwatosa East H.S. Matthew Pierce Mukwonago Mukwonago H.S. BASSES Christopher Carloni, Co-Principal Greendale Greendale H.S. Robert Earle, Co-Principal Milwaukee Pius XI H.S. Alec Henry Milwaukee Nathan Hale H.S. Henry Cloran Wauwatosa Wauwatosa East H.S. Hadley Kling West Allis Nathan Hale H.S. Olivia Reyes Cudahy Cudahy H.S. Alisha Bowen Milwaukee Brookfield Academy HARPS Liesel Gutzwiller Cedarburg Homeschooled Arilyn Mitchell North Chicago, IL Homeschooled FLUTES * Rebekah Bain Glendale Milwaukee Lutheran H.S. * Danielle Kulpins Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. * Max Lin New Berlin Eisenhower H.S. Michelle Shin Whitefish Bay Whitefish Bay H.S. * Alexis Wendling Brookfield Brookfield East H.S. PICCOLO Danielle Kulpins Brookfield Brookfield Central H.S. OBOES * Lulu Callies Dousman Kettle Moraine H.S. Brigette Hall Mequon Homestead H.S. Susan Mihalyi Franklin Franklin H.S. Natalie Schmer Waukesha Waukesha West H.S. * Abigail Zeman Oconomowoc Oconomowoc H.S. 12

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P R O G R A M N O T E S B Y R O G E R R U G G E R I © 2 014 Bedrich Smetana b. March 2, 1824; Leitomischl, Bohemia d. May 12, 1884; Prague Vltava (The Moldau) from the symphonic cycle “Má Vlast” (“My Fatherland”) The father of Czech identity in art music, Smetana spent the first thirty-odd years of his life speaking only the language of his country’s German dominators. Having shown exceptional talent as a child, Smetana became a formidable piano soloist; at age 21 he confided to his diary: “By the grace of God and with his help I shall one day be a Liszt in technique and a Mozart in composition.” After some successful years in Sweden, he returned to a homeland that was generally apathetic to his goal of creating a national music. Undaunted, he devoted himself to learning the Czech language and to creating a musical celebration of Czech nationalism, a goal perhaps most successfully reached with his opera The Bartered Bride (1866). On his way to these achievements, Smetana struggled for years as a young composer and piano virtuoso. Musically impressed by meeting Berlioz and Robert and Clara Schumann, his early maturity was decidedly influenced by a friendship with Franz Liszt, which began around 1840. After years of correspondence, Liszt sent the Czech composer some newly published scores of his symphonic poems; within a year, Smetana visited the famed pianist and composer in Weimar. This contact with Liszt convinced Smetana that the future of music was involved with the expression of literary subjects through the radical new form of the symphonic poem.

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It was in this realm that Smetana created his crowning symphonic achievement, a cycle of six musically related symphonic poems under the collective title of Má Vlast (“My Fatherland” or “My Country”). Calling it “the most heroic instrumental work since Beethoven,” John Clapham points out that they “extended the scope and purpose of the symphonic poem beyond the aims of any later composer.” The second work of this set, Vltava (“The Moldau”) reflects the beauties of the Czech landscape. Of this work, composed between November 20 and December 8, 1874 (orchestrated in 1880), the composer wrote: Two springs pour forth their streams in the shade of the Bohemian forest, the one warm and gushing, the other cold and tranquil. Their waves, joyfully flowing over their rocky beds, unite and sparkle in the morning sun. The forest brook, rushing on, becomes the River Moldau, which, with its waters speeding through Bohemia’s valleys, grows into a mighty stream. It flows through dense woods in which are heard the joyous sounds of the hunt, the notes of the hunter’s horn sounding ever nearer and nearer. It flows through emerald meadows and lowlands where a wedding feast is being celebrated with song and dance. At night in its shining waves the wood and water nymphs hold their revels, and in these waves are reflected many a fortress and castle—witnesses of bygone splendor of chivalry and the vanished martial fame of days that are no more. At the Rapids of St. John, the stream speeds on, winding its way through cataracts and hewing the path for its foaming waters through the rocky chasm into the broad river-bed in which it flows on in majestic calm toward Prague, welcomed by time-honored Vysehrad, to disappear from the poet’s gaze in the far distance. It seems reasonable to assume that the memorable Vltava main theme is a Bohemian folk tune, for in modern times it is sung to the words, Kocka leze dirou, pes oknem (“The cat crawls through the hole, and the dog through the window”). Actually it appears that it was not, for an extensive collection of Czech folk melodies made by Karel Erben contains nothing that even faintly resembles it. There is a very similar tune in Swedish folklore. Smetana spent six years in Göteborg and “almost certainly” knew it, for the brother-in-law of one of his students used the tune in his 1846 folk play Värmlänningarna. The melody is also quite similar to the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah (“Hope”). Adopted by the Zionist movement around 1907, Hatikvah “is based on a phrase that is common to a large number of both ancient and modern Hebrew melodies.” James Lyons defuses the whole matter of possible plagiarism by humorously pointing out that it is also very similar to a melody in Adriano Banchieri’s 1607 madrigal-comedy La saviezza giovenile. Sir Edward Elgar b. June 2, 1857; Broadheath d. February 23, 1934; Worcester Adagio and Allegro from Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in E minor, Opus 85 Aged and anguished by the First World War, Elgar felt the loss of many friends, both English and German. Plagued by failing health and financial security, he lamented: “I am more alone and the prey of circumstances than ever before.... Everything good and nice Founders Concert 2014

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and clean and fresh and sweet is far away—never to return.” Retreating from the world, Elgar and his wife rented a country cottage in Sussex in 1917. Gradually, his creative strength returned. During the summer of 1919, Elgar penned one of his most significant works and also his last major composition, the Violoncello Concerto. While in the compositional process, Elgar wrote to the work’s dedicatees, Sir Sidney and Lady Colvin, that it was “a real large work and I think good and alive.” Unfortunately, the next few years held many difficulties for both the composer and his new work. The concerto was scheduled to be premiered by the English cellist, Felix Salmond (1888-1952), on October 27, 1919, with Elgar conducting the London Symphony. Albert Coates, the other conductor on this shared program used more than his allotted rehearsal time; Elgar was therefore not able to prepare the performance to his liking. He would have withdrawn the work from this concert, had it not been such an important occasion for Salmond. Clouded by an insecure premiere, this concerto— the simplest, most direct and least rhetorical of Elgar’s major works—was long misunderstood by musicians and audiences. Heartbroken by the death of his wife shortly thereafter, Elgar resolved never to compose again. He kept his vow for nine years; then, in 1929, composed a hymn of prayer for the recovery of King George V from a serious illness. Elgar later began a Third Symphony that was still unfinished at the time of his death in 1934. Virtuosic, but not superficial, the Violoncello Concerto provides a unique glimpse of the inner Elgar, a man who concealed a sensitive and complex nature behind the facade of Wisconsin’s leading online a country squire. When asked to “explain” this work, he replied enigmatically: “A man’s middle and high school attitude to life.” Accepting applications for Of the concerto’s last two movements, the scholar Diana McVeagh called the Adagio third movement a “passionate lament.” She continues, “The Falstaffian last movement runs a humorous course before the stricken cadenza, in which soloist and orchestra sing the pain and poetry of Elgar’s most searching visions, reaching stillness in a phrase from the Adagio. Elgar cut resolutely into this with the formal recitative of the opening; and the end is abrupt.”

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Max Bruch b. January 6, 1838; Cologne d. October 2, 1920; Friedenau, near Berlin “Kol Nidrei,” Opus 47 An important German composer, conductor and teacher of the late 19th-century, Max Bruch was celebrated by his contemporaries for choral works, symphonies and operas, but enduring popularity has only been enjoyed by his orchestral works with violin solo and the Kol Nidrei variations for solo cello. One of the most profoundly emotional melodies of Western religions is the traditional Hebrew theme, Kol Nidrei (“All Vows”). Chanted at the beginning of evening services on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), this ancient theme finds different forms in various synagogues. Perhaps the most famous version is the Ashkenazic, which was immortalized by Bruch’s rhapsodic variational treatment. Bruch spent several years around 1880 as the director of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society. It was there, in 1881, that he wrote his expressive solo work for cello and orchestra on the Kol Nidrei melody. Despite the fact that Bruch wrote a number of works on Hebrew themes, he was not Jewish. In a letter (April 12, 1889) to the musicologist Eduard Birnbaum, the German composer attributed his interest in the Jewish traditional tunes to his friend Cantor Abraham Lichtenstein of Berlin. In general, Bruch was drawn to folk music sources because he was fundamentally a melodic composer who was alienated by the new directions in the German music of his era.

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Serge Prokofiev b. April 23, 1891; Sontsovka d. March 5, 1953; Moscow Music from the ballet “Romeo and Juliet,” Opus 64 After nearly fifteen years of extensive travel in America and Europe, Prokofiev returned to his homeland in December of 1932. Realizing a need to establish himself as a composer of music that would be accessible to the Russian people, he resolved to modify his somewhat dissonant style into more lyric expressions. A commission for a ballet from the Moscow Theater provided an opportunity; the composer quickly settled upon the subject of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Conceptualizing his project as a “silent opera,” he wrote fifty-two pieces of music for a two-and-one-half hour ballet. Rather than describing the action of Romeo and Juliet, the music affords a psychological description of Shakespeare’s characters. Holding it all together is a system of leitmotives. Romeo is represented by two themes: one, a lyric melody showing Romeo the dreamer; another, more impetuous theme, Romeo the lover. Juliet has three motives: one as an innocent girl; another as she thinks of love; and a third representing her spiritual nature. Work began on a production of the ballet in 1935, but the project was so vast, demanding and complex that the first full Russian production did not take place until Galina Ulanova starred in the Leningrad premiere on January 11, 1940. Although the ballet is now considered to contain much of Prokofiev’s most romantic and accessible music, the Russians of that day found it cold and intellectual. Even Ulanova, who danced the role of Juliet, recalled: “We simply did not understand his music. We were disturbed by his weird orchestration, the frequent changes of rhythm, which made it difficult to dance. We were not used to such music and we were afraid of it. It seemed to us while we rehearsed, for instance, the andante in the first act, that it was better to hum to ourselves some other melodies, more melodious music, and thus create our own dances to our own music.” Answering the charges that his new ballet score was devoid of feeling and melody, the composer stated: “Every now and then somebody or other starts urging me to put more feeling, more emotion, more melody in my music. My own conviction is that there is plenty of all that in it. I have never shunned the expression of feeling and have always been intent on creating melody--but new melody, which perhaps certain listeners do not recognize as such simply because it does not resemble closely enough the kind of melody to which they are accustomed. “In Romeo and Juliet I have taken special pains to achieve a simplicity which will, I hope, reach the hearts of all listeners. If people find no melody and no emotion in this work, I shall be very sorry. But I feel sure that sooner or later they will.” Montagues and Capulets. Following a brief introduction suggesting the young lovers’ ultimate tragedy, this music from two parts of the ballet provides a satirical portrait of their prideful parents in a pompous march whose theme is first presented by clarinets and violins. Juliet’s charming innocence is evoked in a lyric trio section that features the solo flute. The parental theme returns with a tenor saxophone solo, leaving little doubt about the movement’s satirical intent. Founders Concert 2014

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Minuet: Assai moderato. Earlier in the ballroom scene, this music accompanies the entrance of guests at the Capulet manor. The grandiose music is associated with the elder Capulets, while other episodes characterize the various arriving guests. Morning Dance. Occurring early in the ballet, this energetically athletic dance enhances a bustling street scene. Aubade. Used toward the ballet’s conclusion, this morning music has a sort of lyric reserve that further darkens with ominous brass interjections. The Death of Tybalt: Precipitato; Presto; Adagio drammatico. This action-packed episode portrays both street duels that took place in the early hours of Romeo and Juliet’s scheduled wedding day. In the first, Juliet’s brother, Tybalt, slays Mercutio, while in the second, the avenging Romeo slays Tybalt and is sent into exile. Romeo at Juliet’s Tomb. All the agony and pathos of this scene are present in Prokofiev’s music, as the lovers play out the last act of their lives’ drama. The composer originally wanted to have Juliet awaken in time to keep Romeo from killing himself; thus providing the ballet with a happy ending. Ultimately influenced by growing criticism of this deviation from Shakespeare‘s plot, the composer resignedly put this tragic seal of death on his ballet.

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For a list of concerts that feature these ensembles, see page 28.

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M Y S O B OA R D O F D I R E C TO R S 2 013 -14 Chair Patrick Rath Chair Elect Jennifer Mattes Vice President Mike Fischer Treasurer Craig Peotter Secretary Patty Hanz

Directors Christine Beuchert Myra Edwards Patricia Ellis, PhD David Frank Dennis Garrett, PhD Troy Hilliard William Hughes, PhD Amy Jensen Renee Johnson Michael Jordan Danielle Machata

Brad Mahoney Paul Mathews Bill Mortimore Jamshed Patel John Pienkos Bunny Raasch-Hooten Andrew Sajdak Matthew Sauer Laura Snyder Kent Tess-Mattner Michael Van Handel Wesley Van Linda

M Y S O S TA F F Linda Edelstein, Executive Director Carter Simmons, Artistic Director

Administration Libby Garrett................................................................................................................Office Administrator Ben Harder...................................................................................................................Equipment Manager Michelle Hoffman............................................................................................Communications Director Kim Jankowiak...................................................................... Finance and Human Resources Director Jenny Kozoroz.....................................................................Progressions Director and Viola Instructor Sarah Christie Kruis....................................................................... Community Partnerships Manager Chris Mell........................................................................................ Jazz Studies Director and Instructor David Rieder........................................................................................................................................Librarian Tim Rush............................................................................................................................... Calypso Director Justin N. Smith...................................................................................Operations and Program Director Emily Stern.................................................................................Development and Marketing Director Katie Truax....................................................................................Program and Development Manager Orchestral and Musical Studies James Burmeister....................................................................... Director of Music Theory Instruction Nicholas Carlson........................................................... Junior Wind Ensemble Assistant Conductor Margery Deutsch...............................................................................Senior Symphony Music Director Ashley DeYoung......................................................................................... String Orchestra West Coach Matthew DeYoung.................................................................................... String Orchestra West Coach Shelby Keith Dixon............................................................... Senior Symphony Associate Conductor Thomas Dvorak.........................................................................Junior Wind Ensemble Music Director Mike Giacobassi..........................................................................................Philharmonia String Advisor Denice Haney.........................................................................................String Orchestra Music Director Melissa Jastrow........................................................................................ String Orchestra South Coach Lyda Osinga............................................................................................String Orchestra Music Director Anne Marie Peterson...........................................................................String Orchestra Music Director Steven Rindt...........................................................................................................Sinfonia Music Director Linda Siegel...............................................................................................Percussion Ensemble Director Don Sipe.........................................................................................................................Brass Choir Director Carter Simmons........................................Music Director, Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestra Jared Snyder............................................................................................String Orchestra Central Coach Founders Concert 2014

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Lenee Stevens................................. Flute Chorale and Chamber Flute Ensemble Music Director Kevin Stewart..........................................................................................String Orchestra Central Coach Brittany Szaj............................................................................................... String Orchestra North Coach Lynn Trinkl...............................................................................................String Orchestra Music Director Jazz Studies Tony Ayala..........................................................................................................................................Instructor Ethan Bender....................................................................................................................................Instructor Scott Currier......................................................................................................................................Instructor Neil Davis............................................................................................................................................Instructor Jason Goldsmith..............................................................................................................................Instructor Russ Johnson....................................................................................................................................Instructor Dean Lea.............................................................................................................................................Instructor Chris Mell........................................................................................ Jazz Studies Director and Instructor Conway Powell....................................................................................................Jazz Elements Instructor Tim Russell............................................................................................................Jazz Elements Instructor John Simons......................................................................................................................................Instructor Calypso Tim Rush............................................................................................................................... Calypso Director Charlie Short................................................................................................................ Calypso Co-Director Progressions and MYSO Scholars John Babbitt ..................................................................................................Progressions Bass Instructor Michael Britz.................................................................................MYSO Scholars Cello/Bass Instructor Cathy Bush .................................................................................................. Progressions Violin Instructor Isabel Escalante.................................................. Progressions and MYSO Scholars Violin Instructor Lisa Fuller................................................................................................ MYSO Scholars Violin Instructor Alexis Ganos................................................................................................ Progressions Violin Instructor Ravenna Helson ......................................................................................... Progressions Cello Instructor Jenny Kozoroz ....................................................................Progressions Director and Viola Instructor Sarah Christie Kruis....................................................................... Community Partnerships Manager Mary Pat Michels ................................................................................. Progressions Orchestra Director

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Jazz Heritage Festival

Friday, January 24, 2014, 9am-3pm Milwaukee Youth Arts Center 325 W. Walnut St., Milwaukee

Tickets: $12 for adults $10 for students & senior citizens (60+) Available at the door. Discounted tickets may be purchased in advance through a MYSO season ticket package.

MYSO’s annual Jazz Heritage Festival offers an all-day musical experience for jazz musicians and jazz lovers of all ages. Morning: Area school jazz bands and MYSO Jazz Studies combo groups participate in morning clinics with professional jazz artists, as well as in jam sessions with teachers and fellow students. Afternoon: clinic and Q&A with guest artist—jazz trombonist, composer and arranger—Tom Garling

featuring guest artist trombonist Tom Garling

info: www.myso.org or call 414-267-2906.


M I LWAU K E E YO U T H S Y M P H O N Y O R C H E S T R A Instrumental in changing lives since 1956, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) programs foster critical thinking skills, creativity and collaboration through more than 25 ensemble options, all providing high quality musical experiences to students at various skill levels. From full and chamber orchestra experiences to the internationally recognized Senior Symphony and multiple string orchestras; from wind, brass and percussion ensembles to jazz and steel pan bands, MYSO offers something for everyone. Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra is one of the most successful and respected youth orchestra programs in the nation, regularly recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for its artistic excellence. With nearly 1,000 young musicians ages 8-18 from as many as 14 counties, 60 communities and 200 schools throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois participating in its many music programs, it has become one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States. MYSO offers an array of innovative Community Partnership Programs focusing on City of Milwaukee students who otherwise would not have access to music training including: • Progressions, a high-impact, high-intensity two-year string training program for third and fourth grade children • Calypso and Soca, two Trinidadian steel pan ensembles • Jazz Studies, featuring small jazz combos and focusing on improvisation techniques • MYSO Scholars, a strings initiative program hosted at Blair Elementary School, a predominately Latino public school in Waukesha • Hal Leonard Corporation Jazz Elements Program, a jazz training program for members of the Daniels-Mardak Boys & Girls Club • A partnership with Latino Arts Strings Program at the United Community Center. • Neighborhood and Community Concert Series, free concert performances for more than 5,000 area children, engaging them in a peer-to-peer performance by a MYSO ensemble. These concerts include educational components, teaching student audiences about the featured music’s instrumentation, composers and history. MYSO celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Community Partnership Programs in 2014. In addition, MYSO offers more than 20 additional educational enrichment opportunities to its members including: • concerto competitions • music theory and composition instruction • a chamber ensemble program • rehearsals with and coaching by professional musicians • recording sessions • master classes • domestic and international touring • a lecture series for parents to learn more about the music their children are studying • merit-based scholarships • various summer programs For more information about MYSO and its many programs, please visit www.myso.org.

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Want to hear more of  the Senior Symphony?  Hear them again, right here at  the Zelazo Center, on   Sunday, March 9, 3:00 pm  when MYSO presents its Choral  Collaboration, Senior  Symphony’s performance with  area choral groups.   

Until then, sample other MYSO performances including: 

Jazz Heritage Festival* 

Friday, January 24, 2014, 9:00 am ‐ 3:00 pm, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC)  Jazz combo performances by the young musicians in MYSO’s Jazz Studies program as well as  clinics led by professional jazz musicians. See more information on page 26.   

Progressions January Jubilee* 

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 5:30 pm, Youth Arts Hall, MYAC  The students of the Progressions program will perform at this free event.   

Rhythmic Revolution* 

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 3:00 pm, Youth Arts Hall, MYAC  Performance features selected MYSO Jazz combos, including the Bronzeville Jazz ensemble, plus  MYSO’s Calypso and Soca steel bands.   

Brass, Bows and Brilliance 

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 1:00 pm, Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts  This performance will feature MYSO’s Percussion Ensemble, String Orchestras West and South,  Junior Wind Ensemble, and Philharmonia.   

Flutes and Fanfare 

Friday, February 21, 2014, 7:00 pm, Youth Arts Hall, MYAC  This concert will feature MYSO’s two flute ensembles, Flute Chorale, Chamber Flute Ensemble  and the Prelude Orchestra.*   

Orchestral Occasion 

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 6:00 pm, Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University  This performance will feature String Orchestras North and Central* and the Chamber Orchestra.   

Symphonic Spectacular 

Sunday, February 23, 2014, 3:00 pm, Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University  MYSO features Sinfonia and an encore performance by the Chamber Orchestra.   

*performance by a MYSO Community Partnership Program ensemble. 

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