Author Archives: David Kidwell

Hidden Talents Program Notes

PROGRAM NOTES by Jane Rausch Although amateur and professional musicians may spend a lifetime perfecting their performance on their primary instruments, they are often curious to explore their ability to play other instruments. Perhaps the most common choice would be … Continue reading

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You Bet Your Brass! Program Notes

PROGRAM NOTES by Jane Rausch The brass section is an essential part of the Holyoke Civic Symphony. It includes three trumpets, three trombones, four French horns, and one tuba. Though they are often overshadowed by the strings, brass players supply … Continue reading

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Home (of course!) for the Holidays Program Notes

PROGRAM NOTES by Jane Rausch As the familiar song observes, “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” This afternoon the Holyoke Civic Symphony welcomes the opportunity to transmit our virtual holiday concert directly to your homes.  A special highlight … Continue reading

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Together in Spirit Program Notes

PROGRAM NOTES by Jane Rausch The 54th season of the Holyoke Civic Symphony takes place within a world beset by a mysterious and frightening pandemic. Although this situation eliminates the possibility of presenting our usual series of orchestra concerts at … Continue reading

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Hidden Talents

Sunday, May 2, 3:15 p.m. Click to watch! Featuring video performances by Erin Thom, viola John Vance, recorder Mike Sherman, bagpipes Richard Glashow, guitar Tom Stockton, organ Sarah Briggs, violin Free! flyer | program | program notes

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You Bet Your Brass!

Sunday, March 7, 3:15 p.m. Click to watch! Featuring video performances by Jean Jeffries, horn Sheldon Ross, trumpet Matthew Russo, trombone Free! flyer | program | program notes

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Home (of course!) for the Holidays

Sunday, December 13, 3:15 p.m. Click to watch! Featuring video performances by HCS string quintet John Vance, oboe Hannah Adler, violin Audrey Barker-Plotkin, cello Amanda Sposato, bass Dick Glashow, drums Free! flyer | program | program notes

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Together in Spirit

Sunday, October 25, 3:15 p.m. Click to watch! Featuring video performances by HCS string quartet Jodie Hoye, oboe Christine Singer, violin Mary Annarella, soprano David Kidwell, piano Free! flyer | program | program notes

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Shenandoah: A Symphonic Portrait

Shenandoah: A Symphonic Portrait by David Kidwell Recorded by the Holyoke Civic Symphony David Kidwell, conductor 1. Majesty and Pride 2. Life and Living 3. Desolation and Eviction 4. Rebirth and Remembrance

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Fierce Legacy Program Notes

Program Notes by Jane Rausch This concert’s theme, “Fierce Legacy,” suggests several interpretations: it can mean “wild, savage, and violent” such as “an uncontrolled storm,” but it also can mean “intensely eager, intense, or ardent such as “a fierce effort.” … Continue reading

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