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Seeing Double program notes

Program Notes by Jane Rausch As part of HCS’s 50th anniversary year celebration, today’s concert—“Seeing Double”—suggests that good things often come in pairs. Our program will demonstrate this thesis by featuring two important compositions by Brahms, two virtuoso soloists, and … Continue reading

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Two Portraits

Zeke Hecker: Two Portraits for Orchestra I. Warm and Lyrical II. Lively

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A Joyful Sound program notes

Program Notes by Jane Rausch Today’s concert – “A Joyful Sound” – is HCS’ gift to you for the holidays. As part of our 50th anniversary year, we present a program of beloved classical and popular favorites with the added … Continue reading

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Calypso Christmas Fantasy

Calypso Christmas Fantasy (computer demo)

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People’s Choice program notes

Program Notes by Jane Rausch “We’re Golden!” The Holyoke Civic Symphony kicks off its 50th anniversary season with a “People’s Choice Concert.” During the first three concerts of last season orchestra members and patrons were invited to vote for their … Continue reading

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50 Years of Joy

Sunday, May 7, 3:00 p.m. Holyoke High School Adrienne Albert: Homeward Bound premiere, HCS commission Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Erin Nafziger, soprano Eileen Ruby, mezzo-soprano Mark Todd, tenor John Thomas, bass Edwards Church choir Holyoke High School chorus Holyoke Community … Continue reading

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Seeing Double

Sunday, March 5, 3:00 p.m. Holyoke Community College Brahms: Tragic Overture Zeke Hecker: Two Portraits premiere, HCS commission Brahms: Double Concerto Ronald Gorevic, violin Melissa Westgate, cello Free! flyer | podcast | program notes iTunes: Tragic Overture, Double Concerto

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A Joyful Sound

Sunday, December 11, 3:00 p.m.Holyoke Community College Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite No. 1 Clifton J. Noble: A Caribbean Christmas premiere, HCS commission Plus holiday favorites, a singalong, the Holyoke Public Schools Strings, and a visit from Old St. Nick! Free! flyer … Continue reading

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People’s Choice

Sunday, October 23, 3:00 p.m. Holyoke Community College Mozart: The Magic Flute Overture Gwyneth Walker: Flying Colors premiere, HCS commission Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” Free! flyer | podcast | program notes iTunes: Mozart, Dvorak

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Spring Forward program notes

Program Notes by Jane Rausch May Day festivals date from ancient times and many cultures still celebrate May 1 with dances and singing to welcome in spring. Certainly it is an appropriate day for the Holyoke Civic Symphony to present … Continue reading

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