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Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto STUDENTS @ SYMPHONY


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Quad City Symphony Orchestra FOUNDED IN 1915 AS THE TRI-CITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra string section uses rotating seating. Players behind the named chairs change seats with each concert series and are listed alphabetically in the roster below. VIOLIN I Naha Greenholtz, Concertmaster Emily Nash, Associate Concertmaster Carol Phoenix, Assistant Concertmaster Sam Battista Erika Blanco Dortha DeWit Lucy Duke Katherine Floriano Marlene Haller Hillary Kingsley Corina Lobont Susan Oliverius Erik Rohde Sabrina Tabby VIOLIN II Autumn Chodorowski, Principal Janis Sakai, Associate Principal Charles Abplanalp Hannah Barton Madeline Capistran Elizabeth Gosma Yuri Grankin Aaron Hanson Renee Henley Peter Miliczky Alex Norris Samuel Rudy Will Samorey+ Carolyn Van De Velde VIOLA Deborah Dakin, Principal Nick Munagian, Associate Principal Bridget Andes Timothy Hoorelbek Benjamin Lorentzen Davis Perez Barrett Stoll Bruno Vaz da Silva Jenwei Yu+

VIOLONCELLO Hannah Holman, Principal Laura Shaw, Associate Principal Yoo-Jung Chang James Ellis Claire Langenberg Elisabeth Oar+ Amy Phelps Kevin Price-Brenner Kate Vos DOUBLE BASS David Scholl, Principal Christopher Polen, Associate Principal Paul Hartmann Julia Holst-Kanakares Rebecca Hooper Patricia Silva+ Craig Swygard Michael Van Ryn FLUTE Jessica Warren, Principal Ellen Huntington Jilene VanOpdorp+ PICCOLO Jilene VanOpdorp+ OBOE Andrew Parker, Principal Elliot Eernisse Lindsay Flowers CLARINET Daniel Won, Principal Christine Bellomy (On Leave 2018-19) Kristina Meanley (On Leave 2018-19) BASSOON Benjamin Coelho, Principal Matthew Kowalczyk+ Dana Ransom

CONTRABASSOON Dana Ransom HORN Marc Zyla, Principal+ Steve Burian, Assistant Principal Peter Kortenkamp Joshua Johnson Allison Tutton TRUMPET Matthew Onstad, Principal Bruce Briney Lindsey Frazier TROMBONE Michael Cox, Principal Robert Parker+ BASS TROMBONE Andrew Rรณzsa TUBA Ronald Morton TIMPANI Michael Geary, Principal PERCUSSION Aaron Williams, Principal Gary Ciccotelli Tony Oliver James Weir HARP Lillian Lau, Principal Pamela Weest-Carrasco PIANO/CELESTA Mary Neil

+ denotes instructor in the QCSO Private Lesson Program

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Welcome! On behalf of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, I want to welcome you to Masterworks II: Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto! One of the things I can remember from when I began attending symphony orchestra performances was the multitude of sounds that ensemble can make. From the loudest louds, to the softest softs. This program will surely deliver those extremes, and everything in between. Take this evening as an opportunity to tune out the outside world and let the music take your imagination wherever it wants to go! I hope you have a wonderful time tonight, and I’ll be looking out for all of you from the back row. Thanks!

Marc Zyla director of education & community engagement

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Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto SATURDAY November 3, 2018 | 8:00 p.m. Adler Theatre | Davenport, IA SUNDAY November 4, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. Centennial Hall | Rock Island, IL Mark Russell Smith, conductor Wei Luo, piano JOHN STAFFORD SMITH (1750-1836)

The Star-Spangled Banner*

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)

Symphony No. 104 in D Major, “London” I. Adagio – Allegro II. Andante III. Menuet: Allegro IV. Spiritoso

BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976)

Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a I. Dawn: Lento e tranquillo II. Sunday Morning: Allegro spiritoso III. Moonlight: Andante comodo e rubato IV. Storm: Presto con fuoco INTERMISSION

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 (1873 -1943) I. Allegro ma non tanto II. Intermezzo III. Finale Presented as part of the QCSO’s series

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*Out of respect for those fallen in service of our country, we ask that you do not applaud after the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

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Notes on the Music MEET THE PIANIST Wei Luo Born in Shenzhen, China, Wei Luo began piano lessons at age 5, and gave her debut recital in Hong Kong at age 6. Winner of numerous competitions in China, Wei also claimed first prize in the 11th Chopin International Competition for Young Pianists in Poland and the 2nd Rachmaninov International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Frankfurt, both in 2010. She made her orchestra debut with the Shanghai Philharmonic in 2010 with conductor Muhai Tang performing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3. Recent recital appearances include Sonoma State University, Herbst Hall presented by San Francisco Performances, Festival Napa Valley and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, among others. Concerto performances include the Kansas City Symphony playing Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 and the Denver Philharmonic playing Mendelssohn’s Concerto in G minor. In August 2017 Wei made her debut in Avery Fisher Hall at the Mostly Mozart Festival playing a pre-concert recital. Exploring a depth of core repertoire, Wei has already performed major concertos of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and Prokofiev, and recital repertoire of Bach, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Ravel and Haydn. She has participated in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Seymour Lipkin, Abbey Simon and Nelita True. In 2007 Wei entered the Shenzhen Arts school, studying with Kang Yongze. She went on to study at the elementary and middle schools of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Tang Zhe. In 2012 Wei was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music where she currently studies with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. She was honored to be the artist selected to perform in the Dean’s Honors recital at Curtis in 2014. In 2018 Wei was named a Gilmore Young Artist. 6 MASTERWORKS II | NOVEMBER 2018


Franz Joseph Haydn rohrau, austria (1732-1809)

Symphony No. 104 in D Major (1795) This work is Franz Joseph Haydn’s final symphony, which he wrote during one of two visits to London requested and paid for by his patron Johann Peter Salomon. Haydn was a very famous composer and musician during his lifetime, and the premiere of this symphony was very successful. Haydn wrote in his diary after the performance, “The whole company was thoroughly pleased and so was I. I made 4,000 gulden ($2,083) on this evening: such a thing is possible only in England.”

hear more by franz joseph haydn Symphony No. 94 “Surprise Symphony Symphony No. 101 “The Clock”

DID YOU KNOW?

world events in 1795

Gulden is the historical German and Dutch term for gold coin. In today’s value, a Gulden would be worth $0.52.

FEBRUARY 7 11th Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, affirming the power of the states. FEBRUARY 13 1st state university, the University of North Carolina, opens. FEBRUARY 21 Freedom of worship established under French constitution. MARCH 29 Ludwig van Beethoven makes his solo debut performance as a pianist in Vienna, Austria. JULY 9 James Swan, an American financier, pays off the $2,024,899 US national debt. MASTERWORKS II | NOVEMBER 2018 7


Benjamin Britten

suffolk, england (1913-1976)

Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (1945) Four Sea Interludes is an orchestral suite comprised of instrumental passages from the opera Peter Grimes. Based on a poem by English writer George Crabbe, Peter Grimes tells the story of a fisherman who is accused of murdering his apprentice. In this piece, Britten draws upon his memories of growing up on the coast of the North Sea. Listen to see if you can hear the stillness of dawn, the bell tolls of a church on Sunday morning, the mystery of a moonlit night, and the crashing of the waves during a storm.

hear more by benjamin britten

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (1945) War Requiem (1962)

world events in 1945 JANUARY Franklin D.in Roosevelt world20events 1795 was sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th

term as President. FEBRUARY 7 11th Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, affirming FEBRUARY 4 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin the power of the states. met in Crimea to discuss final plans to defeat Nazi Germany. FEBRUARY 13 1stmeeting state university, thethe University of North Carolina, opens. This was called Yalta Conference. FEBRUARY Freedom ofbegin worship established in France under constitution. FEBRUARY 1321 Allied planes bombing Dresden, Germany. MARCH Ludwig“Rocket” van Beethoven his the solo1st debut performance MARCH 1829 Maurice Richard makes becomes player to score 50as a pianist in Vienna, Austria. goals in the NHL JULY 9 James Swan, an American financier, pays off the $2,024,899 US national debt.

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Sergei Rachmaninoff

novgorod oblast, russia (1873-1943)

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor (1909) Composed in 1909, this piano concerto has the reputation of being one of the most technically challenging piano concerti in the standard repertoire. Feared by many pianists, Josef Hofmann (the pianist to whom the work is dedicated) never publicly performed the work saying the piece “wasn’t for him.” The piece takes the form of a standard three movement concerto. The movements follow a fast-slow-fast tempo scheme.

hear more by sergei rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

world events in 1909 FEBRUARY 16 1st subway car with sliding side doors goes into service in New York City. MARCH 1 1st US university school of nursing, the University of Minnesota, is established. MARCH 4 William Howard Taft inaugurated as 27th US President. MARCH 31 Austrian Composer/Conductor Gustav Mahler conducts the NY Philharmonic for the first time. APRIL 11 Tel Aviv established by Jewish Settlers. JULY 30 Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the US Army. MASTERWORKS II | NOVEMBER 2018 9


Throwback MEGAN COONEY

director of orchestras, bettendorf high school

what high school did you graduate from? Elgin High School (1998), Elgin, Illinois

what activities were you involved in? Elgin Youth Symphony String Orchestra Chamber Orchestra Musicals Madrigal Dinners

Bowling Softball Swim Team Manager Church Youth Group Elgin Youth Symphony

what is your favorite piece of music? Arpeggione Sonata by Schubert

what are you reading/ listening to right now?

LISTENING When I'm not singing The Wheels on the Bus or the ABC Song with my daughter, we're usually listening to Awolnation Radio. Red Hot Chili Peppers is my favorite band! READING Between You and Me by Allison Winn Scotch

what life advice would you give a student who is about to graduate high school?

There are so many things! I'm pretty sure I was smarter at 18 than I am today. I knew everything and had a set plan and vision for my life. Sometimes life has a different plan and that's ok. Don't get stuck on the what ifs or the future. Enjoy the now. 10 MASTERWORKS II | NOVEMBER 2018


MARK RUSSELL SMITH

music director & conductor, qcso artistic director & symphony conductor, greater twin cities youth symphonies artistic director of orchestral studies, university of minnesota

what high school did you graduate from? Camelback High School (1980), Phoenix, Arizona

what activities were you involved in?

Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra Band (drum major, percussion) Student Body Vice President Varsity Basketball (All Division) Theatre

what is your favorite piece of music? The Bach Cello Suites

what are you reading/listening to right now?

READING The Secret of the Red Chambers by Cao Xueqin LISTENING I listen to a lot of music, especially pieces that I am considering programing with the QCSO. Currently, I have been listening to the Four Sea Interludes quite a bit, especially recordings with the composer conducting.

what did you imagine you would be doing today, when you were in high school?

At one point, I really wanted to be a Broadway star, but then I learned just how much dancing was involved and how far behind in the training I was! Believe it or not, I always wanted to be a conductor.

what life advice would you give a student who is about to graduate high school?

Always be curious and always be open to learning new things! Don’t be afraid of the work involved in whatever it is you choose to do. Successful people are not afraid of hard work, and they are always learning new things! MASTERWORKS II | NOVEMBER 2018 11


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