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BRAVO! Holidays Sunday, December 5, 2010 The Fresno Philharmonic Theodore Kuchar, Conductor Guest Vocalists: Debbie Gravitte Doug LaBrecque Anne Runolfsson Anne Runolfsson

Doug LaBrecque

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From the Podium Theodore Kuchar, Music Director

Message From the Executive Director Dear Friends and Patrons,

Dear Friends and Patrons,

As we come to the end of the year, please join me and give thanks for the presence of this wonderful orchestra in our lives and the life of our city. Thank you for being present today. Your interest, applause, and enthusiasm are inspiring to our musicians. We do not take your decision to attend lightly. We know that there is much competition in Fresno for your time and entertainment dollars. Rather than write about the challenges that the Philharmonic faces, let me dwell on the impact made possible by your participation as ticket buyers and donors to the Annual Fund. Your support allows us to bring programs like the one you hear today to you throughout the year. The presence of a great orchestra and Music Director in our community enriches our lives, fosters community pride, and creates moments of great beauty. The appearance of superb guest artists, whether the established stars, like those you hear today, or the emerging artists, like Lukas Vondracek or Chad Hoopes, gives Fresno a reputation for artistic excellence. Half of the orchestra musicians on stage hail from Los Angeles, San Francisco or beyond. These musicians – sometimes referred to as the Freeway Philharmonic for the number of orchestras they perform in -- make the Fresno Philharmonic as good as it is. Your contributed dollars help us to bring these musicians into our community. This past year, over 8000 young schoolchildren benefitted from your generosity as donors. Your gifts allowed us to present Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery last month to three full houses of children, many of whom were experiencing an orchestra for the first time. More children experienced world-class artistry through the visits of our guest soloists to local schools throughout the year. The children’s rapt attention and thank you letters indicates that your gifts have a profound impact on their young lives and their broader education. Only through the collective determination of an entire community will great music and a professional orchestra be preserved in Fresno. As you contemplate your year-end, tax deductible, charitable giving, please keep your Fresno Philharmonic in mind. We cannot exist without the full support of our community’s music lovers. These challenging economic times will not last forever. With your participation, the Fresno Philharmonic will continue to add beauty, inspiration, and entertainment to your lives now, and we will be here when the “good times” come again. Thank you for your presence and support. I wish you and yours the very best for this holiday season and for a very musical New Year!

The first three months of the current Fresno Philharmonic season have brought me several of the most artistically gratifying performances I have personally experienced in recent times. Not only have the orchestra and I collaborated in memorable performances of Mozart, Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakov, Chopin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky but each of our concerts have featured guest artists - James Galway, Lukas Vondracek, Orli Shaham and Chad Hoopes - who are, at this very moment, regularly featured soloists in the greatest musical capitals of the world. The quality of orchestral performances, which are brought to Fresno on a regular basis, is of no less prestige and acclaim to what is taken for granted in New York, London, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It goes without saying that without your commitment and ongoing support none of this would be possible...or even necessary. There is no question that the responsibilities of my position with the Fresno Philharmonic are numerous. The two responsibilities that I feel most committed to are cultivating and maintaining an orchestra of the highest possible level, and attracting guest soloists to Fresno whose presence secures this region’s reputation as one of the cultural centers of the regional United States. As you can imagine, the orchestra is continuously confronted with the economic hardships that affect every corner of today’s existence. Although we, today, live with the glory of the accomplishments of our most recent past, there is a constant fear of where things may stand exactly one year from now. Having now reached the end of 2010 and in the midst of the most thought-provoking time of the year, a period that often inspires demonstrations of goodwill and appreciation, would you please be so kind as to consider the pleasure and satisfaction the Fresno Philharmonic has provided you and those closest to you. Without your support and commitment, more so now than at any time in the orchestra’s existence, the Fresno Philharmonic’s future will undoubtedly be sacrificed. Without the Fresno Philharmonic, the life of Central California will be highly compromised by the disappearance of the region’s most acclaimed cultural asset. Please, be so kind and keep the well-being of the Fresno Philharmonic at the forefront of your thoughts. With my very warmest wishes to you and those closest to you,

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bravo! Holidays Vocalists Debbie Gravitte, Doug LaBrecque and Anne Runolfsson With The Fresno Philharmonic Theodore Kuchar, Conductor RESIDENT LOBBY ART is presented by Linda Lloyd Pitts RESIDENT LOBBY ENTERTAINMENT is presented by Pipe on the Hob

Act I Christmas Festival Overture Trepek, from The Nutcracker

Leroy Anderson Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Orchestra

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Eddie Pola/George Wyle (arr. James Kessler) Ms. Runolfsson, Ms. Gravitte, and Mr. LaBrecque Christmas Song Have Yourself A Merry Christmas Santa Claus is Coming to Town Oh Hanukkah Do You Hear What I Hear? Sleigh Ride Santa One Note

Mel Tormé/Bob Wells Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane

Ms. Runolfsson and Mr. LaBrecque Ms. Gravitte

Haven Gillispie/J. Fred Coots (arr. Holcombe) traditional/arr. James Kessler

Mr. LaBrecque Ms. Runolfsson, Ms. Gravitte, and Mr. LaBrecque

Leroy Anderson

The Orchestra Ms. Runolfsson

Words by Doug LaBrecque/Richard Rodgers

The Best Christmas of All, from Mrs. Santa Claus Ms. Gravitte and Mr. LaBrecque Oh Holy Night

Noel Regney/Gloria Shayne Baker

Ms. Runolfsson, Ms. Gravitte, and Mr. LaBrecque

Jerry Herman Adolphe Adam

Intermission Concerts recorded by MS Production Services. A delayed broadcast of this concert will be presented on KVPR (FM89) the second Tuesday following this performance. To make your evening more enjoyable and to avoid disturbing our patrons, latecomers will not be seated while the performance is in progress. The use of cameras and tape recorders is not permitted at theses concerts. A publication of the Fresno Philharmonic Association, Volume 58, Issue 4.




Act II Carol of the Bells

The Orchestra

Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych

We Need A Little Christmas, from Mame Ms. Runolfsson, Ms. Gravitte, and Mr. LaBrecque Let it Snow

Mr. LaBrecque

Santa Baby

Jerry Herman

Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn (arr. Barker)

Ms. Gravitte

Winter Wonderland

Ms. Runolfsson and Mr. LaBrecque

Our Broadway Gift The Prayer, from Quest for Camelot

Think of Me, from Phantom of the Opera

Memory, from Cats

Audience Sing-a-Long

Mr. LaBrecque Ms. Runolfsson Ms. Gravitte

Joan Javits Dick Smith/Felix Bernard

David Foster/Sager Andrew Lloyd Webber Andrew Lloyd Webber

Ms. Runolfsson, Ms. Gravitte, and Mr. LaBrecque

Children Go Where I Send Thee

Ms. Runolfsson, Ms. Gravitte, and Mr. LaBrecque

traditional/arr. Fleischer

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Concerts recorded by MS Production Services. A delayed broadcast of this concert will be presented on KVPR (FM89) the second Tuesday following this performance. To make your evening more enjoyable and to avoid disturbing our patrons, latecomers will not be seated while the performance is in progress. The use of cameras and tape recorders is not permitted at theses concerts. A publication of the Fresno Philharmonic Association, Volume 58, Issue 4.






Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace

Sunday, December 5



Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh

Away in a manger, No crib for His bed The little Lord Jesus Laid down His sweet head The stars in the bright sky Looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes

JOY TO THE WORLD Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

I love Thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky And stay by my side, ‘Til morning is nigh.

DECK THE HALLS Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold; “Peace on the earth, good will to men, From Heaven’s all gracious King.” The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing.

Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Troll the ancient Yule tide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the King of angels; Refrain O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING Hark the herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled” Joyful, all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With the angelic host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem” Hark! The herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King!”


True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal, Lo, He shuns not the Virgin’s womb; Son of the Father, begotten, not created; Refrain Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation; O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God, all glory in the highest; Refrain



with KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS, and has sung with numerous symphony orchestras, including the NATIONAL SYMPHONY (with MARVIN HAMLISCH), PETER NERO AND THE PHILLY POPS, THE NY POPS WITH THE LEGENDARY SKITCH HENDERSON, ATLANTA SYMPHONY, CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA, PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY, UTAH SYMPHONY, ST. LOUIS, HOUSTON, DALLAS and SAN DIEGO SYMPHONIES. Overseas, Debbie has sung with the LONDON, AALBORG and BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC, the GOTESBORG and JERUSALEM SYMPHONIES, MUNICH PHILHARMONIC, the ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA, ORCHESTRA MASSIMO DEL PALERMO and SYMPHONICA OF BRAZIL. This summer she will return to the PRAGUE FESTIVAL for performances of BRAVO BROADWAY! On television, Debbie co-starred on the CBS series TRIAL AND ERROR, was seen on NBC’S PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, and has starred in several specials for PBS, including LIVE FROM THE KENNEDY CENTER, THE BOSTON POPS CELEBRATE BERNSTEIN, RODGERS AND HART for GREAT PERFORMANCES, and IRA GERSHWIN’S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. Debbie recently released her latest CD: DEFYING GRAVITY, a follow-up to THE MGM ALBUM, and PART OF YOUR WORLD, THE MUSIC OF ALAN MENKEN. Her other recordings include: CALAMITY JANE, UNSUNG SONDHEIM, LUCKY STIFF, MISS SPECTACULAR., LOUISIANA PURCHASE, A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS, as well as MACK AND MABEL IN CONCERT: live from the DRURY LANE THEATRE among others. She is currently working on her latest project: BIG BAND BROADWAY. Debbie recently sang with the NEW YORK CITY BALLET in PETER MARTIN’S “THOU SWELL” at LINCOLN CENTER. She appeared with BETTE MIDLER in the Universal Feature, ISN’T SHE GREAT?, and can be heard as one of the voices in DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID. She returns to CARNEGIE HALL next spring in a tribute to Charles Strouse. Debbie is the proud mother of three beautiful children. For more info, please visit or

DebbieGravitte One of Broadway’s biggest personalities, Debbie Gravitte has enjoyed a varied career, taking her from the Broadway Stage to the concert stage and beyond. She won the prestigious Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY, along with a Drama Desk Award Nomination and New York Showstopper Award. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, she went on to appear in: PERFECTLY FRANK (DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATION), BLUES IN THE NIGHT, AIN’T BROADWAY GRAND, ZORBA, CHICAGO, and LES MISERABLES. Debbie has appeared in the ENCORE’S series productions of THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, TENDERLOIN, and CARNIVAL at New York’s CITY CENTER. Debbie has performed her nightclub act worldwide, from New York’s RAINBOW AND STARS, to London’s PIZZA ON THE PARK, and back home again to Atlantic City, where she’s had the honor of performing with JAY LENO, HARRY ANDERSON, and the legendary GEORGE BURNS. She recently toured




He has sung numerous times with The Cleveland Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony and The National Symphony at The Kennedy Center. In the last few years, Mr. LaBrecqueís U.S. appearances have included The Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Utah Symphony and with Marvin Hamlisch both at the Ravinia Festival with The Chicago Symphony, and with the symphonies of San Diego and Pittsburgh. Recently, with conductor Osmo Vanska and The Minnesota Orchestra, he was featured in The Leonard Bernstein Festival, starred in a Sondheim/Bernstein celebration with The Colorado Symphony, and traveled to Alba, Italy in singing in a tribute to Mr. Bernstein. Mr. LaBrecque made his Carnegie Hall and Boston Pops debut in 2007. Popular with audiences during the holiday season, Mr. LaBrecque co-hosted the Yuletide Celebration in Indianapolis, and has hosted Holiday Pops concerts with the orchestras of Rochester, Greenville, Eugene, Portland, and Seattle among many others. Other special engagements have included singing with Carole Bayer-Sager at Feinsteinsís in Manhattan and the Cinegrill in Los Angeles, performing alongside broadway legend Jerry Herman with the Naples Philharmonic, and starring alongside Broadway legends Elaine Stritch, Betty Comden, Adolphe Green and opera star Jessye Norman in a Hal Prince directed special concert honoring the songwriters Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Richard Rodgers. Favorite recent performances include performing with Senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch (singing together!) at Hickory Hill, the legendary home of Ethel Kennedy, The International Music Festival in The Czech Republic, and sharing the Beijing stage with Lang Lang in a concert filmed for Chinese television. Other international engagements have included The Korean National Symphony in Seoul, Korea, The Shanghai Radio Orchestra in China, The Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies in Canada, The Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio De Janeiro, The Jerusalem Symphony, and numerous return engagements with the Israel Philharmonic in Tel Aviv. In the upcoming 2010-11 season, he will appear with The Cincinatti Pops, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and will make his debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

DougLabrecque Doug LaBrecque is one of the most prolific concert singers of his generation. Known for his great versatility and vocal artistry, Mr. LaBrecque has performed with more than 150 symphony orchestras, a number of which are the world’s finest. He thrilled theatre audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, Mr. LaBrecque has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in the Tony award winning revival of Showboat, a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He was featured in Oscar Hammerstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre, and toured nationally with Les Miserables. Regionally, Mr. LaBrecque has performed leading roles in Candide, A Chorus Line, and Man of La Mancha, among many others. A graduate of University of Michigan, he was featured in the world premiere of A Wonderful Life, written by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo, and starred in the premiere revival of Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s Love Life.




She has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall (with Tenor Jose Carreras), The Kennedy Center, Town Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The National Theater in Iceland, Rainbow and Stars, The Russian Tea Room, Bay Street Theater, The Pump Room, The Cinegrill, The 92nd St. Y, and with The National Symphony, The Orchestra of St. Lukes, The National Symphony of Canada, The Cincinnati Pops, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Indianapolis, Toronto, Milwaukee, Utah, Detroit, and St. Louis among many others. Most recently she was the featured soloist for the Lord of The Rings Symphonic Suite (singing in Elfin), and completed a successful run of her show So Many Stars: the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman at the Duplex and Art Nova in New York City. This season, she performed with Marvin Hamlisch at Wolf Trap with the National Symphony and the San Diego Symphony, was a guest soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Cincinnati Pops and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and Utah Symphony. In 2007, she will appear as a guest soloist with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, with whom she is a regular guest artist. In 1998 she was awarded the MAC award (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) for Best Female Vocalist, and in 1993 was a Drama League Honoree for her work in Cyrano. Her debut album, At Sea, was critically acclaimed nationwide and can be purchased at

AnneRunolfsson Runolfsson is one of those rare artists whose unique versatility has allowed her a distinguished career not only in the theater but also in recording studios, intimate cabaret spaces, and concert halls throughout the world. She recently starred on Broadway as Carlotta Giudacelli in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Prior to that she made a splash in Victor/Victoria as standby to Julie Andrews and Liza Minelli. She performed the title role over 120 times to great acclaim and went on to recreate the role in the National Tour which began in Seattle and Houston. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include: James Joyce’s The Dead, Les Miserable, CyranoThe Musical, The Secret Garden, and Aspects of Love. OffBroadway and Regional credits include:Listen to My Heart, Rags, Jack’s Holiday, Cather County, A Little Night Music, Showboat, and Funny Girl . She has been affiliated with projects in development at Lincoln Center, Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Theater Workshop, The McCarter Theater, and Playwrights Horizons.





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Anita Shanahan For Their Sponsorship of This Weekend’s Concerts And for Their Many Years of Service, Wisdom, Guidance, Support, and Generosity.

Fresno Is Made Beautiful Because of You!




Saturday, January 15 & Sunday, January 16, 2011

Edgar Meyer LIVE! The Fresno Philharmonic Theodore Kuchar, Conductor Edgar Meyer, Double Bass RESIDENT LOBBY ART is presented by Pat Hunter RESIDENT LOBBY MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT is presented by Scats on the Sly


Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504, “Prague”


Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B minor



Moderato Andante Finale: Allegro

Double Bass Concerto in D

Adagio — Allegro Andante Finale: Presto

Quarter note = 109 Quarter note = 74 Quarter note = 180

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Adagio molto — Allegro con brio Larghetto Scherzo: Allegro Allegro molto

Concerts recorded by MS Production Services. A delayed broadcast of this concert will be presented on KVPR (FM89) the second Tuesday following this performance. To make your evening more enjoyable and to avoid disturbing our patrons, latecomers will not be seated while the performance is in progress. The use of cameras and tape recorders is not permitted at theses concerts. A publication of the Fresno Philharmonic Association, Volume 58, Issue 4.





appearance at the Prague Opera House for the performance of Figaro. “Word of his presence spread through the theater at once,” reported the local press, “and as soon as the overture was finished, the whole audience broke into applause, honoring and welcoming him.” The response five days later, when he conducted his own opera from the keyboard, was tumultuous. It is not surprising that he told a friend, “Prague is indeed a very beautiful and agreeable place.” As well as being a witness to the performances of Figaro in Prague, Mozart also hoped to present a concert of his instrumental music during his stay, so he brought along, among other items, the grand new symphony that he had completed on December 6, 1786. With the help of his host in Prague, Count Johann Josef Thun (for whom he had written the “Linz” Symphony four years before), and the composer Franz Dussek, an acquaintance from his Salzburg days, Mozart was able to organize a program for his own benefit on January 19th at the local opera house. Mozart introduced the new symphony he had brought with him from Vienna, played some concerted works, and offered a half hour of improvisation at the keyboard, but the audience demanded more, so he extemporized a dozen brilliant variations on Non più andrai from Figaro. “The great artist perfectly fulfilled all that had been expected of him,” summarized one reviewer. Mozart stayed in Prague until midFebruary, thoroughly enjoying what was one of the happiest times of his life. When he left, he took away not only the unstinting praises of the city and a substantial cache of earnings but also a contract from Pasquale Bondini, impresario of the Prague Opera, to write a new stage work for the fall season — Don Giovanni. The Symphony (No. 38, D major, K. 504) that Mozart premiered at his Prague concert, and which has always borne the name of that city as its sobriquet, opens with an extended introduction whose turbulent moods presage the darker pages of Don Giovanni. Mozart, one of music’s most fecund melodists, is positively profligate with themes in the Allegro that comprises the main body of the movement. Musicologist Alfred Einstein counted “almost a dozen” motives that are welded into an expansive sonata form enriched by some of Mozart’s most masterful contrapuntal writing. The long-limbed and lyrical Andante, another fully developed sonata form, is one of those pieces of Mozart’s maturity that exquisitely balance an ineffable serenity with a whole world of pathos and poignant emotions. The quicksilver finale, the third of the Symphony’s sonata forms, was a particular delight at its premiere to Figaro-mad Prague, since Mozart borrowed the theme for the movement from the opera’s Act II duet of Susanna and Cherubino, Aprite presto.

Saturday, January 15 & Sunday, January 16

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504, “Prague” Composed in 1786. Premiered on January 19, 1787 in Prague.

Ludwig van Beethoven. Part of a painting by W.J. Mähler, 1804. Archiv für Kunst und Geschichte, Berlin.

“No work has ever created such a sensation as the Italian opera The Marriage of Figaro,” reported the Prague Oberpostamtszeitung on December 12, 1786. “Connoisseurs who have also seen this opera in Vienna assert that it has been done much better here. Word of this triumph must have reached the ears of Mozart himself, for rumor has it that he will come here in person to see the performance.” The rumor proved to be correct — Mozart and his wife, Constanze, left Vienna on January 8, 1787, and arrived in the Bohemian capital three days later. On January 17th, after a week of having been entertained, feted and lionized by the city’s nobility, Mozart put in a public

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of the Teatro San Benedetto in Venice, where he befriended Giuseppe Verdi. Bottesini’s playing, with its extraordinary agility, purity of tone, precision of intonation and exquisite phrasing, continued to astound audiences for more than four decades — he Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B minor was universally known as the “Paganini of the Double Bass.” In addition to his performing engagements, Bottesini also held Composed in 1845. several important conducting assignments, gaining special notice for his interpretations of Italian opera Giovanni Bottesini, composer, in Paris, London, Barcelona, St. conductor and the pre-eminent Petersburg, Madrid and New Orleans double bass virtuoso of the mid-19th (he visited the United States three century, was born on December 24, times, and was named an honorary 1821 in the small town of Crema, member of the Philharmonic Society in the northern Italian province of New York in 1850). The high point of Lombardy. His father, Pietro, a of his podium career came when he clarinetist and composer, early taught conducted the premiere of Verdi’s his son the rudiments of music, Aida on Christmas Eve 1871 in Cairo and before he was eleven, young to celebrate the opening of the Suez Giovanni had sung in several choirs, Canal. The last months before his played timpani in the local theater death, on July 7, 1889, were spent as orchestra, and studied violin with director of the Parma Conservatory. one of the town’s leading performers. Bottesini’s compositions Bottesini’s father took his precocious encompass a dozen Italian operas, son to Milan in 1835 with hope of a Requiem, an English-language enrolling him in the Conservatory, oratorio (The Garden of Olivet) for but they learned upon their arrival the Norwich Festival, several short that scholarships remained only orchestral pieces, eleven string for players of bassoon and double quartets and numerous other chamber bass. Giovanni applied himself with Giovanni Bottesini works, and a large quantity of music such vigor to the latter instrument for the double bass, including two that he was accepted into the school solo concertos, the Grand Duo Concertante for violin and bass, only a few weeks later, and he began his formal studies there on virtuoso fantasies on operatic themes, and miscellaneous scores November 1, 1835. He left the Conservatory four years later, with the accompaniment of piano or orchestra. His works, like having obtained a graduation prize for his solo playing. With his those of Verdi, are characterized by their emphasis on lyricism, winnings, Bottesini purchased a fine instrument made by the old plangent harmonies and straightforward emotional appeal built Milanese master Giuseppe Testore that, legend has it, the young with solid craftsmanship. The Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in musician found beneath a pile of rubbish in a puppet theater. B minor is testament both to Bottesini’s considerable craft as (Bottesini’s instrument had only three strings, tuned a tone higher a composer and to his breathtaking performance technique, than usual so that he could more easily adapt much of the cello which emphasized not only his agility on the orchestra’s most repertory for his use.) recalcitrant instrument but also the high, baritonal register During the decade after 1839, while he was perfecting his that was his specialty. The Concerto opens with a fantasiatechnique, Bottesini lived as a free-lance musician, a period that like movement built from the doleful arching melody given included a residence in Havana in 1846 as principal bassist of by the bass at the outset, with formal balance provided not by the orchestra of the Teatro Tacon, the production there of his conventional thematic contrast but by elaborate passages of first opera (based, appropriately, on the subject of Cristoforo figuration for the soloist. The Andante is a sweetly sentimental, Colombo), and a sensational tour of the United States. (One basso profundo aria without words, a concert-hall analog to a enterprising jeweler got rich peddling pins in the likeness of scene from one of Bottesini’s operas. The finale is a brilliant the visiting virtuoso.) Bottesini returned to Europe, and he was showpiece for double bass whose Gypsy-inflected thematic so successful in his concert debut in Crema in 1849 that he material and vibrant, dancing spirit recall the fiery Hungarian was soon in demand as a soloist across the Continent and in Csárdás. England. In that same year, he was appointed principal bassist

Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889)




(F-sharp, B, E, A) which ends during the second orchestral tutti section, hinting at the possibility of a recapitulation and a return to D major. But this does not happen. After the second tutti, the movement ends quickly and quietly in F-sharp, concluding with an exact repetition of the opening phrase by the solo bass in the next context. The second movement is a melancholy serenade, staying primarily in B for its entire span. Its somber mood is interrupted only once by a brief tutti section. The final movement returns to D major. It is an energetic rondo which shows off some technical possibilities of the bass.”

Edgar Meyer (born in 1960)

Double Bass Concerto in D Composed in 1993. Premiered in March 1993 in Minneapolis, conducted by Edo de Waart with the composer as soloist.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 Composed in 1802. Premiered on April 5, 1803 in Vienna, conducted by the composer. In the summer of 1802, Beethoven’s physician ordered him to leave Vienna and take rooms in Heiligenstadt, today a friendly suburb at the northern terminus of the city’s subway system, but two centuries ago a quiet village with a view of the Danube across the river’s rich flood plain. It was three years earlier, in 1799, that Beethoven first noticed a disturbing ringing and buzzing in his ears, and he sought medical attention for the problem soon after. He tried numerous cures for his malady, as well as for his chronic colic, including oil of almonds, hot and cold baths, soaking in the Danube, pills and herbs. For a short time, he even considered the modish treatment of electric shock. On the advice of his latest doctor, Beethoven left the noisy city for the quiet countryside with the assurance that the lack of stimulation would be beneficial to his hearing and his general health. In Heiligenstadt, Beethoven virtually lived the life of a hermit, seeing only his doctor and a young student named Ferdinand Ries. In 1802, Beethoven was still a full decade from being totally deaf. The acuity of his hearing varied from day to day (sometimes governed by his interest — or lack thereof — in the surrounding conversation), but he had largely lost his ability to hear soft sounds by that time, and loud noises caused him pain. Of one of their walks in the country, Ries reported, “I called his attention to a shepherd who was piping very agreeably in the woods on a flute made of a twig of elder. For half an hour, Beethoven could hear nothing, and though I assured him that it was the same with me (which was not the case), he became extremely quiet and morose. When he occasionally seemed to be merry, it was generally to the extreme of boisterousness; but this happens seldom.” In addition to the distress over his health, Beethoven was also wounded in 1802 by the wreck of an affair of the heart. He had proposed

Ludwig van Beethoven. Part of a painting by W.J. Mähler, 1804. Archiv für Kunst und Geschichte, Berlin.

The composer writes of his Double Bass Concerto, “Solo double bass and orchestra is not a natural pairing. The orchestra, with its combined instrumentation, is capable of a huge variety of dynamics and colors, whereas the bass is not a very loud instrument and has a predominantly dark sound. The ambition of this piece, however, is to bring out the qualities of the bass that make it a surprisingly good solo instrument. At best, the bass is very vocal and able to convey a wide range of emotion. The fiveand-a-half-octave range used in this piece provides, if nothing else, a bit of drama. And the indigenous involvement of the bass in many styles of music other than classical provides a natural springboard from which to explore the intersection of some of these styles with classical music. “The first movement is exploratory in nature. It opens with a declamatory D major, a sound not heard again until the third movement. The longest harmonically stable sections of this movement are in F-sharp, although there is a long circle of fifths


FRESNO PHILHARMONIC 2010 marriage to Giulietta Guicciardi (the thought of Beethoven as a husband threatens the moorings of one’s presence of mind!), but had been denied permission by the girl’s father for the then perfectly valid reason that the young composer was without rank, position or fortune. Faced with the extinction of a musician’s most precious faculty, fighting a constant digestive distress, and unsuccessful in love, it is little wonder that Beethoven was sorely vexed. On October 6, 1802, following several months of wrestling with his misfortunes, Beethoven penned the most famous letter ever written by a musician — the “Heiligenstadt Testament.” Intended as a will written to his brothers (it was never sent, though he kept it in his papers to be found after his death), it is a cry of despair over his fate, perhaps a necessary and self-induced soul-cleansing in those pre-Freudian days. “O Providence — grant me at last but one day of pure joy — it is so long since real joy echoed in my heart,” he lamented. But — and this is the miracle — he not only poured his energy into self-pity, he also channeled it into music. “I shall grapple with fate; it shall never pull me down,” he resolved. The next five years were the most productive he ever knew. “I live only in my music,” Beethoven wrote, “and I have scarcely begun one thing when I start another.” Symphonies Nos. 2-5, a dozen piano sonatas, the Fourth Piano Concerto and the Triple Concerto, Fidelio, and many songs, chamber works and keyboard compositions were all completed between 1802 and 1806. Of all these works, the Second Symphony is the one that most belies the difficult year of its birth. The Symphony opens with a long introduction moving with a stately tread. The sonata form begins with the arrival of the fast tempo and the appearance of the main theme, a brisk melody


first entrusted to the low strings. Characteristic Beethovenian energy dominates the transition to the second theme, a martial strain paraded by the winds. The development includes two large sections, one devoted to the main theme and its quick, flashing rhythmic figure, the other exploring the possibilities of the marching theme. The recapitulation compresses the earlier material to allow a lengthy coda to conclude the movement. The esteemed English musicologist Donald Tovey thought the Larghetto to be “one of the most luxurious slow movements in the world”; Sir George Grove commented on its “elegant, indolent beauty.” So lyrical is its principal theme that, by appending some appropriate words, Isaac Watts converted it into the hymn Kingdoms and Thrones to God Belong. The movement is in a full sonata form, with the first violins giving out the second theme above a rocking accompaniment in the bass. Beethoven labeled the third movement “Scherzo,” the first appearance of this term in his symphonies, though the comparable movement of the First Symphony was a true scherzo in all but name. Faster in tempo and more boisterous in spirit than the minuet traditionally found in earlier symphonies, the scherzo became an integral part not only of Beethoven’s later works, but also of those of most 19th-century composers. A rising threenote fragment runs through much of the scherzo proper, while the central trio gives prominence to the oboes and a delightful walking-bass counterpoint in the bassoons. The finale continues the bubbling high spirits of the scherzo. Formally a hybrid of sonata and rondo, it possesses a wit and structure indebted to Haydn, but a dynamism that is Beethoven’s alone. The long coda intensifies the bursting exuberance of the music, and carries it along to the closing pages of the movement.

Fresno Phil Musician Spotlight Scott Choate, Tuba

A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Scott received his Bachelor of Music degree from Arizona State University, where he was a student of Sam Pilafian. Scott also attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of Floyd Cooley, then principal tuba of the San Francisco Symphony. Scott is a full-time professional musician, keeping a schedule which includes private studio teaching and performing with orchestras not only here in Fresno, but also in the Bay Area. He frequently performs with the San Francisco Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, Carmel Bach Festival and also records with Skywalker Studios. Currently Scott is the Principal Tuba with the Fresno Philharmonic, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Vallejo Symphony & Stockton Symphony. Scott is also the tuba lecturer at Fresno Pacific University, UC Davis and San Jose State.




Professor of Double Bass at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University. Meyer’s performance collaborations exhibit an enormous range of styles, from classical to country, from jazz to bluegrass, with artists as diverse as the Guarneri Quartet and James Taylor. He is the first bass player to be featured as a bowed soloist on mainstream radio in multiple #1 hits, including Kathy Mattea’s Where Have You Been, which won the CMA, ACM and Grammy awards for Country Song of the Year in 1990. Among the other artists with whom Meyer has recorded are Garth Brooks, Bruce Cockburn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Hank Williams, Jr., T-Bone Burnett, Reba McIntyre, The Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Chick Corea, Lyle Lovett, Travis Tritt and The Chieftains. From 1986 to 1992, Meyer played with the progressive bluegrass band “Strength in Numbers,” whose other members included Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck and Mark O’Connor. In 1991, he was featured in both the Wall Street Journal and CBS Sunday Morning. In March 1993, Meyer premiered his Bass Concerto with Edo de Waart and the Minnesota Orchestra; two years later he recorded his Bass Quintet with the Emerson String Quartet on Deutsche Grammophon. In August 1995, he gave the first performance of his Double Concerto with cellist Carter Brey, for which he had received a grant from the Meet the Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program. In February 1996, he was part of a television broadcast of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on the “Live from Lincoln Center” series with Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Rebecca Young and Yo-Yo Ma, which included Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet as well as a set of variations on the “Trout” theme commissioned from Meyer for the occasion. His Violin Concerto, with Hilary Hahn as soloist and Hugh Wolff conducting the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, was released on Sony Classics in March 2000. During the 1995-1996 season, Meyer toured and recorded as part of a trio with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and fiddler Mark O’Connor; their Sony Classics album, Appalachia Waltz, topped the classical CD charts for sixteen weeks. Meyer’s subsequent cross-stylistic collaborations, as both performer and composer, include Uncommon Ritual (1997, with Bela Fleck and Mike Marshall), Short Trip Home (1999, with Joshua Bell, Sam Bush and Mike Marshall), and two Grammy-winning cross-over albums: Appalachian Journey (2000, with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor) and Perpetual Motion (with Bela Fleck). Meyer’s most recent releases are his own transcription of Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello and a disc of two solo works by Bottesini and his Concertos for Double Bass and for Cello and Double Bass (with Yo-Yo Ma). In October 2000, Edgar Meyer was named winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, given annually to reward “instrumentalists for excellence and achievement.” (Clarinetist David Shifrin, Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Northwest, was named as the year’s co-winner.) In September 2002, Meyer was announced as one of the year’s 24 MacArthur Fellows, who receive five-year, unconditional, $500,000 “genius grants” to help foster their creativity.

EdgarMeyer DOUBLE BASS Edgar Meyer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 24, 1960, has established a reputation not only as one of the leading instrumentalists of his generation, but also as an innovative and frequently performed composer. He began studying bass at age five with his father, a schoolteacher and free-lance bassist, and completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana University in 1984 as a pupil of Stuart Sankey; he is largely self-taught as a composer. Meyer has won numerous competitions, including the 1981 Zimmerman-Mingus Competition, the first international bass competition held in the United States; in 1994, he became the first bassist to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant. From 1985 to 1995, he was the regular bass player for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; he composed six works for the Festival. He joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as an Artist Member in 1994, and now performs as recitalist, soloist and chamber musician across the country. He is also Visiting Professor of Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Adjunct Associate




THE ORCHESTRA Theodore Kuchar, Music Director First Violins Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Concertmaster Elizabeth Hedman,* Assistant Concertmaster Calvin Lewis Hugh Palmer Debra Nguyen* Janice Fleming John Morrice Elaine Ikemoto, Andrew Hagopian Endowed Chair Matt Mazzei Jay Zhong Darren Sagawa, John and Mitzi Conrad Endowed Chair Second Violins Cynthia Stuart, Assistant Principal Sarah Gillies Vartan Tigranyan Gaylene Joe Brad Taylor Barbara Schaefer Lauren Mindoro Akiko Kojima

Judy Robinson Michelle Kwon Louise McKay Melinda Mack Basses Andy Butler, Principal Randy Keith, Assistant Principal Heidi Franklin Tim Giannopoulos Keith Biondi Benjamin Green Sheldon Schlesinger Flutes Janette Erickson, Principal Pam Ellzey, Red and Nancy Arnold Endowed Chair Cathi Tudman Oboes José Díaz, Principal, Honorable Edward & Anita Shanahan Endowed Chair Rachel Aldrich

Violas Claudia Shiuh, Principal, Frank Moradian Endowed Chair Roz Gratz, Assistant Principal Lynn Grants Nina Mantchorova Fan Hu Jeff Sandersier Heather Gardner Galina André

Clarinets Peter Nevin, Principal Ginger Kroft Barnetson, Torben V. Hansen Endowed Chair Lea Steffens

Cellos Gerald Miller, Principal, Pearl B. Winter Endowed Chair Kelley Maulbetsch, Assistant Principal William T. Coyle and Wanda G. Coyle Endowed Chair Alicja Dutkiewicz

Horns Meredith Brown, Principal, William N. & Eleanore Knudsen Endowed Chair Rachel Childers* Lauren Varley Eric Lesch*

Bassoons Larry Gardner, Principal Theresa Treuenfels Wendy La Touche

Trumpets Brian Anderson, Principal, Parker M. Powell Endowed Chair Ron Franklin Joe Farkas Trombones Bruce Chrisp, Principal Phil Keen Wayne Solomon Tuba Scott C. Choate, Principal Timpani Rick Shiine, Principal, Mary Bell Crummey Endowed Chair Percussion Corey Ritter, Principal, Del Crummey and Family Endowed Chair Tammy van der Paardt Craig Cory Harp Laura Porter, Principal Piano Open Ruth Anderson Phillips Endowed Chair Orchestra Manager Lisa Choate Personnel Manager Wayne Solomon Librarian Cathi Graves Tudman House Manager Laura Bautista * on leave of absence

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Family of Dr. Charles Achki A Friend of the Philharmonic Ted and Selah Anselmo Dr. and Mrs. Peter R. Bartlett Donald A. Blackford Gus and Greti Bonner Robert and Tay Cherry Mrs. Sylvia Chooljian Ms. Virginia Dalena Mrs. Avnell Daniels Paula and Jerry DeYoung Mr. and Mrs. Edmund M. Dill Rick and Christie Docker Mr. and Mrs. Edward Donaghy Dumont Printing, Susan K. Early Dick and Jean Ellsworth Fresno Convention and Visitors Bureau Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Garza Paul M. Gibson and Joan E. Eaton/Guarantee Real Estate Guarantee Goodwill Network Mr. Mark A. Hagopian Mrs. Sarah Hagopian Christy V. Hicks Kelly Holcomb Harry and Marge Imfeld Beanie Irola Dr. Phyllis Irwin Douglas and Carolyn Jensen

Mrs. Marilou Judy-Moore Dr. Ernest Kazato and Dr. Carolyn Sakauye Dr. Dale D. and Pat Kirkegaard Barry and Pamela Kriebel Siranouche Krikorian Gerald and Judith Kuipers J. P. Lamborn Co. Dr. Marketa Limova Elizabeth and Blair Looney Steven and Lori Lum Macy’s By Appointment August Madrigal Mrs. Beverly Maruyama The McCaffrey Group Miles, Sears & Eanni Richard and Wilda Moller Caren Myers, Fresno Lexus Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nichols Premier Valley Bank Dr. Sasan Rahmatian Smith Barney, John P. Higginbotham, Sr. Mr. Mike Hamzy and Ms. Anne Speake - Harbison International, Inc. The Family of Karl Svenson Dr. and Mrs. John Telles Valley Business Bank Elizabeth Watson



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Contributors to the Fresno Philharmonic Association We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals, corporations, and foundations for their generous support of the Fresno Philharmonic. This listing includes contributions received from October 1, 2009 to October 22, 2010. Dr. and Mrs. Ned Radich and Family Jerry Radinoff, Paula Siegel & Laura Radinoff Donald and Patricia Reinhold Reverend Canon and Mrs. Kenneth D. Richards Michael and Linda Rogers Bill and Chris Rogers Mrs. Betty Jean Rose Doris and Abraham Siegel Tom and Jennifer Speck Richard and Karen Spencer Kay Sutherland Riley Walter Genie and John Waugh Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Wells Ms. Barbara A. White James and Debra Yakligian Katie Zenovich

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$5,000 AND ABOVE

Baker, Peterson & Franklin, CPA Harry Pascuzzi Fresno Piano Rhapsody

$2,500 AND ABOVE

G. Debbas Chocolatier Finch, Ocheltree, Rowland & Shoopman, LLP, CPA Drs. Robert and Linda Glassman Mr. Daniel R. Martin McMillan Consulting


$1,000 AND ABOVE

Boisset Family Estates Central Coast Wine Classic Fresno Convention and Visitors Bureau Jones Cleaning Centers, Inc.

Miriam R. Pashayan Don and Judith Peracchi and Family Don and Pat Reinhold

Saks Fifth Avenue, San Francisco VanBeurden Insurance Services, Inc. Wheel Vintiques, Inc.



American Ambulance Aporjon Custom Leather & Luggage Tim and Julie Buchanan Ciao Consulting Donna Dotson - Carlisle Collections Janette Erickson Fresno State Track Team John Garcia Gateway Ice Center Jayne Guyer, AtHome America Brian Hammons

Margaret Desmond Hughes Erica Hoppe Dr. and Mrs. Seung Nam Kim James Langille and MaryFrances Semsem Macy’s By Appointment Mary and Wes Merritt Caren Myers, Fresno Lexus Mr. and Mrs. Dirk Paloutzian Edward and Irene Peloian POSH Reece Rich

Preen, A Boutique Salon Dr. and Mrs. James V. Prochazka Saks Fifth Avenue - Phoenix San Joaquin Wine Co., Inc. John and Vicky Seasholtz Shaggy’s Hair and Nail Salon She She Sullivan Winery Sun-Maid Raisin Terlato Wines International Patricia A. Towne, C.P.A.

Gifts received after October 22 will be acknowledged in the next concert program.




Fresno Philharmonic Memorial and Tribute Gifts Memorial/Tribute gifts will be designated for Annual Fund unless otherwise designated by the donor or family members. The following list includes contributions received from October 1, 2009 through October 22, 2010. IN MEMORY IN MEMORY OF arra avakian

Edward and Irene Peloian Mrs. Edward J. Shanahan


Mrs. Andrew Hagopian Mr. Mark A. Hagopian



IN MEMORY OF DR. SANFORD BROWN Chapter QJ P.E.O., Fresno Ron Holman



Ms. Susan M. Myrick Mrs. Brooke Wissler


Mrs. Lora Lee Kizer Dr. J. D. Northway Don and Judith Peracchi and Family Marnie Powell


Marnie Powell Bill and Chris Rogers Mrs. Edward J. Shanahan


Jeannine McBeath-Fly


Mr. Enrique Quiroga

IN MEMORY OF chi sun gil, seoul s. korea

William and Paula Dragoo


Robert and Patricia Libby


IN MEMORY OF DR. ANDREW HAGOPIAN Mrs. Andrew Hagopian Mr. Mark A. Hagopian

IN MEMORY OF jaime eldefonso harris, san francisco William and Paula Dragoo



Family of Dr. Charles Achki Mrs. Joan Heckel


IN MEMORY OF DR. ROBERT DAHLGREN Siranouche Krikorian Bill and Chris Rogers


IN MEMORY OF JOSE ELGORRIAGA Nancy and Irwin Barg Robert and Tay Cherry

IN MEMORY OF JOHN THOMAS MAGEE Ms. Jan Locker Elaine Naman Glenn and Barbara Rose


Roxie Jizmejian Mrs. Frank Moradian Dr. J. D. Northway Edward and Irene Peloian Mrs. Edward J. Shanahan

IN MEMORY OF rollin pickford




Bill and Chris Rogers


Mr. and Mrs. Hiram De Witt Mrs. Joan Heckel Sue and John Loomis Dr. and Mrs. J. Malcolm Masten Edward and Irene Peloian


The Family of Karl Svenson




Drs. Robert and Linda Glassman Mrs. Andrew Hagopian Blythe and Larry Hagopian Edward and Irene Peloian Mrs. Edward J. Shanahan



IN MEMORY OF VERLINDA M. OLSON Elizabeth and Blair Looney


Mrs. Harriet Roberts



Mrs. Jane M. Cleave



Joanne Lippert Sue and John Loomis Bill and Chris Rogers Mrs. Edward J. Shanahan The Family of Karl Svenson Dr. and Mrs. David E. Taylor



Ron and Kathy McLaughlin


The Family of Karl Svenson



Mrs. Andrew Hagopian


Dr. and Mrs. James V. Prochazka


Mrs. Andrew Hagopian

Joanne Lippert


IN HONOR OF DR. J.D. NORTHWAY George and Karen Baker Bill and Linda Northway


Fresno Piano Drs. Robert and Linda Glassman Mrs. Andrew Hagopian Beanie Irola Mrs. Frank Moradian Dr. J. D. Northway Dr. Sasan Rahmatian Don and Pat Reinhold Mrs. Edward J. Shanahan


Mr. and Mrs. John Krebs


Mrs. Frank Moradian Don and Judith Peracchi and Family



Mrs. Andrew Hagopian.

John R. Donaldson

IN HONOR OF rolf gadebusch


Lynn Wagenet


David and Karen Gaylin Mr. Mark A. Hagopian Dr. J. D. Northway


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2010-2011 Program Book  

BRAVO! Holidays and Edgar Meyer

2010-2011 Program Book  

BRAVO! Holidays and Edgar Meyer