NORTH BAY SYMPHONY PRESENTS

PROGRAM NOTES

IN LOVING MEMORY

 

In loving memory of our dear Donald Clysdale, who passed away on August 7,  2021.

 

Don was a long-time member of the North Bay Symphony Orchestra. In addition to serving on our Board of Directors for many years, he was our music li brarian, personnel manager, historian, and held the position of 1st Viola Chair  in the orchestra. His upstanding commitment and perseverance were signifi cant in seeing the North Bay Symphony Society through some very challenging  times. Don’s ardour overflowed into many other community groups. We miss  him so very much and we send our love to Pat, Ian, David, and his extended family.

 

One of Donald’s favourite pieces of music he loved to play was Mozart’s Eine  Kleine Nachtmusik. Tonight’s performance of Serenade No. 13 in G Major is  our tribute to Don.

 

Farewell, good friend and colleague.

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Le Quattro Stagioni—Violin Concerto No. 1, E Major RC.269 (Primavera)

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

In this, arguably the most popular of Vivaldi’s set of season-themed program music, we usher in

the sounds of spring. This concerto evokes a murmuring stream, joyous birdsong, a sudden

thunderstorm, a barking dog and a country dance.

 

I. Allegro

Springtime is upon us. 

The birds celebrate her return with festive song,

and murmuring streams are

softly caressed by the breezes.

Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar,

casting their dark mantle over heaven.

Then they die away to silence,

and the birds take up their magical songs once more.

 

II. Largo

On the flower-strewn meadow, with leafy branches

rustling overhead, the goat-herd sleeps,

his faithful dog beside him.

 

III. Allegro

Led by the festive sound of rustic bagpipes,

nymphs and shepherds lightly dance

beneath the brilliant canopy of spring.

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The Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, G Major BWV 1048

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

This work is the third of the six famous Brandenburg Concertos. Written only for strings, this concerto is in three movements, though the second movement essentially consists of only 2 chords. The outer movements are more typical of a concerto grosso.

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Fratres

Arvo Part (b. 1935)

(featuring Matthew Whitehead, percussion)

This composition showcases Estonian-born Arvo Pärt’s tintinnabuli style of composition (tintinnabulum means “little bell” in Latin). This style, which he developed himself during a seven-year self-imposed silence, is heavily influenced by medieval music. Fratres (brothers, in Latin) may be a reference to

monastic chants.

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Serenade No. 13, G Major  K.525 “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

 

“A Little Night Music” is one of Mozart’s most well-known pieces, even to the point of cliché; though it is delightful nonetheless. It did not enjoy the same popularity during Mozart’s lifetime, as it was not published (and possibly not even performed) until long after his death.

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OUR MUSICIANS

* Principal  

 

CONCERTMASTER

Calvin Cheng

 

1st Violin

Calvin Cheng *

Yuchen Dai

Heather Garbutt

Sarah Park

 

2nd Violin

Angela Garwood-Touw*

Jennifer Hedican

 Janet Zimbalatti

 

Viola

Carol Zimbalatti *

Sarah de Niverville

 Clara NguyenTran

 

Cello

Jordan Wyshniowsky*

 Daniel Dennis

 Henning Helms

 

Bass

Arianna Verbree*

Caleb Smith
Mark Swain

 

Percussion

Matthew Whitehead

 

Keyboard

Chloe Weston

 

OUR USHERS

Janet Comerford (Coordinator)

Bonnie Bell Moulder

Virginia Elliott

Brenda Holbein

Dorothy Hone

Erika Horn

Carol Miller

Linda Steele

Carol Valade

 

BEHIND EVERY SUCCESS THERE ARE PARTNERS

The North Bay Symphony Society is extremely grateful to the following sponsors and supporters without whose assistance, this performance would not be possible.

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