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The Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra
Raul Munguia - Artistic Director & Conductor

2013-14 Season

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
~ 7:30 p.m. ~
Memorial Auditorium

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"A Rhapsodic Evening"
October 2nd, 2013
Program Notes

Fanfare for the Common Man

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Last SEKSO Performance: October 3rd, 2004
Completed/Written In: 1942
First Performed: March 12, 1943. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, cond. Eugene Goossens
Dedicated To: WWII military personnel

In 1942, Eugene Goossens asked almost 20 composers, predominantly American, to write a patriotic fanfare to be used to open a number of concerts in the Cincinnati Symphony's 1942-43 concert season. He requested a fanfare for brass and percussion with a stirring patriotic title, to be written in honor the World War II military personnel serving the country. During the First World War, he had a similar request for several British composers and it was suggested he do the same in America. Of that number, 12 responded with compositions meeting most of his requirements.

Along with the names Howard Hanson, Virgil Thomson, Walter Piston and Morton Gould, the name Aaron Copland was included. Copland settled on the title "Fanfare for the Common Man", perhaps a bit more understated than Goossens wanted, however Copland understood it to be the common man who responded when our nation was in danger. Goossens hoped that Copland's piece would be ready for the first concert in October, but Copland didn't deliver until November, and it was decided to delay the premier until mid-March of the next year. You see it wasn't until after the War that the date of April 15th was selected for an income tax deadline, and Goossens thought perhaps if he was unable to honor the fighter, he could instead honor the financier.

The Fanfare, as with most of Copland's works, has become a popular staple in the Symphonic repertoire. It has been performed in a variety of arrangements, such as for the U.S. Air Force Band and even by the rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Copland later used the themes in the opening of the final movement of his Third Symphony.

Scored for: 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion, and timpani [0000-4331-tmp+2]

Adagio for Strings

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)


Completed In: 1936
First Performed: Nov. 5, 1938. Arturo Toscanini, NBC Orchestra
Another Fact: arranged from mvt. 2 of Barber's String Quartet, Op. 11

Program notes are posted as they become available.

Scored for: strings.

Intermezzo, from Manon Lescout

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

First Performed: Feb. 1893, Teatro Regio, Turin

Program notes are posted as they become available.

Scored for: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, english horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion, timpani, harp, and strings.

Finlandia, Op. 26, No. 7

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

I. one
II. two
III. three
IV. four

Last SEKSO Performance: Oct 24, 1993
Completed In: 1900
First Performed: July 1900, Helsinki Philharmonic Society, Robert Kajanus
Another Fact: more info

Program notes are posted as they become available.

Scored for: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, triangle, cymbals, bass drum, strings.

Rhapsody In Blue

George Gershwin (1898-1937)


Last SEKSO Performance: Feb. 20, 2011
Completed: 1924
First Performed: Feb 12, 1924, Paul Whiteman band - Gershwin, piano
Orchestrated by: Ferde Grofé

Program notes are posted as they become available.

Scored for: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 alto saxophones in E-flat, tenor saxophone in B-flat; 3 horns in F, 3 trumpets in B-flat, 3 trombones, tuba; percussion: timpani, crash cymbal, snare drum, bass drum, gong, triangle, bells and cymbals; strings, and banjo. (saxophones & banjo are described in the score as "almost optional")
[ 223[1.2.bcl]2 - 3331 opt saxes[2asx,tsx] -opt banjo - tmp+3 - str ]

Reena Berger Natenberg, piano

Reena Berger Natenberg, piano

PPianist Reena Berger Natenberg has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, South America, Asia and in Europe, These appearances include performances at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Edward Pickman Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Midday Concert Series, the House of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, and the Christ Church Cathedral, the Chapelle du Bon Pasteur, Salle Claude Champagne, Salle Marie Stèphane and the Gelber Conference Center in Montreal. She was featured on radio and television, most notably in a television documentary pertaining to the Czech culture playing the piano pieces of Smetana and Martinu, and on Boston's radio station WGBH in the program "Off the Record". She has also performed in many music festivals. They include: The Banff School of Fine Arts (Canada), The Russian School of Music (Freiberg, Germany), the Kent-Blossom Music Festival (U.S.) and the Orford Arts Center (Canada).

Since moving to the U.S. in 2000, Reena Natenberg has performed extensively as guest artist at many university music schools throughout the United States. Additional recent concert tours include: China, in August 2004, to perform in the China/Harbin Summer Music Festival; South America in August/September 2005, where she presented solo recitals at universities in Southern Brazil, in Asuncion, Paraguay, and at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; return trips to Paraguay in 2006 and 2008 for concerto performances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad Asunción; Asia in 2007, where Natenberg presented recitals at Universities and concert halls in South Korea, Indonesia, Viet Nam (including at the Hanoi Opera House) and Thailand (including at the Goethe Cultural Center in Bangkok.). She returned to South America in May-June 2008 to perform solo and chamber music recitals at the International Music Festival at the Center of the World (in Quito) and at the University of Cuenca, Ecuador.

In 2012, Natenberg will be releasing a collaborative CD with baritone, Patrick Howle, featuring the songs of French composer, Francis Poulenc. This project was funded by grants from the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. January 2013, Natenberg will be making her Carnegie Hall recital debut as soloist and collaborator.

A recipient of numerous awards, Reena Natenberg was born in Montreal. She was educated at the McGill Conservatory of Music, Tel-Aviv University, The New England Conservatory of Music and Université de Montréal. Her main piano professors were Viktor Dervianko, Patricia Zander and Marc Durand. She has also worked with such artists as Menahem Pressler, Georgy Sëbok, Garrick Ohlsson, Anton Kuerti, André Laplante, Vitaly Margulis and Karl Engel.

A noted pedagogue, Dr. Natenberg has presented master classes and lectures throughout the world. Currently an associate professor of piano at Pittsburg State University, Natenberg's students have been prize winners of numerous competitions. Several are teaching at reputed universities and conservatories in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Natenberg received the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award from Pittsburg State University's College of Arts and Sciences.

PSU Music Dept.

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Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (1858-1924)

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

George Gershwin (1898-1937)

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