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What Gift Does Classical Music Offer?

The following was written by Stephen S. Trott, US Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 19-20 Program Notes What enriching experience awaits us when the lights go dark, when Eric simultaneously engages 77 musicians with a simple stroke of his baton? We are here because of our unique gift,… Read more »

The Virtuoso Orchestra Program Notes

 John Adams    / February 15, 1947 The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra                      The improbability of anti-communist President Richard Nixon’s diplomatic initiative in 1972 to establish a relationship with Chairman Mao Tse-tung and Red China caused opera Director Peter Sellars to suggest to John Adams in 1985 that they write an opera about it.  At… Read more »

Viennese Masters Program Notes

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791 Overture to The Magic Flute Mozart wrote The Magic Flute in 1791 as a hopeful commercial venture, not on commission from an aristocratic source, which was his normal source of patronage income.  He was in ill-health, in debt, and in desperate need of money,… Read more »

Mendelssohn + More Program Notes

Sergei Prokofiev / April 23, 1891 – March 4, 1953 Classical Symphony in D-Major Musicologists credit Franz Joseph Haydn with the crystallization in the late Eighteenth Century of the musical form we call the symphony: a four movement instrumental work constructed around a standard architectural framework. The first movement is a fast episode featuring two… Read more »

Behind the Music: Geoffrey Hill

This week we asked our Principal Second Violin Geoffrey Hill to give us an inside look into his listening habits. What he shared with us is both expected and surprising–who knew that Queen and Baroque violin solos belonged in the same playlist? Listen along to hear what informs Geoffrey’s playing! Listen Now Hi everyone! This… Read more »

The Sea Program Notes

Benjamin Britten / November 22, 1913 – December 4, 1976 Four Sea Interludes Purchase this piece from Amazon and partial proceeds will benefit the Boise Phil. Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes tells the gripping tale of a proud self-sufficient fisherman on the rugged East Suffolk Coast of England during the 18th Century. When Grimes tragically loses… Read more »

Bernstein at 100 Program Notes

Leonard Bernstein    / August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990 Overture to Candide Chichester Psalms Leonard Bernstein excelled at everything.  He was a brilliant conductor, composer, pianist, writer, lecturer, and teacher.  He was the first native-born conductor to become the music director of a major American orchestra, the New York Philharmonic between 1958-69.   Candide… Read more »

Boise Phil 2018-19 Season Playlist

Jamey Lamar is a classical recording engineer and producer who also hosts a radio show for the Boise Phil on KBSU. You can hear him go into depth about our music before each of our classical concerts at Pre-Concert with the Phil. Jamey recently compiled a playlist of all of the music the Boise Phil… Read more »

Behind the Music: A Playlist by Music Director Eric Garcia

This summer we asked our Music Director Eric Garcia to give us an inside look into his listening habits. When you’re the artistic directional force behind an orchestra, listening time is precious and sound waves are chosen carefully. But, between the score study and rehearsals, Music Director Garcia lent us his short list of listening…. Read more »