Monday, September 17, 2018 at 9:30 & 11am


Jackson Auditorium, Seguin

Gioachino Antonio Rossini,( 1792 – 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as some sacred music, songs, chamber music, and piano pieces.  Gioachino Antonio Rossini was born into a family of musicians in Pesaro, a town on the Adriatic coast of Italy that was then part of the Papal State. His father, Giuseppe, was a horn player and inspector of slaughterhouses. His mother, Anna, was a singer and a baker's daughter.

His best-known operas include the Italian comedies The Barber of Seville, The Italian Girl in Algiers, and Cinderella He also wrote a string of serious operas in Italian.

Later in 1822, a 30-year-old Rossini succeeded in meeting Ludwig van Beethoven, who was then aged 51, deaf, cantankerous and in failing health. Communicating in writing, Beethoven noted "Ah, Rossini. So, you're the composer of The Barber of Seville. I congratulate you. It will be played as long as Italian opera exists. Never try to write anything else but opera buffa; any other style would do violence to your nature."

Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini had been the most popular opera composer in history.

The Barber of Seville

Rossini's most famous opera was produced on 20 February 1816, at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.  Much is made of how quickly Rossini's opera was written, scholarship generally agreeing upon two or three weeks. Later in life, Rossini claimed to have written the opera in only twelve days.

 The Overture o Barber of Seville, Allegro vivace (m-25 to the end)

Demos from the Rossini to introduce families of instruments.

Zwilch:  Peanuts® Gallery

There will be demos from Zwilich to introduce how music can express characters/personalities.

 Mvt III. Snoopy Does the Samba

Mvt IV. Charlie Brown's Lament

Mvt.IV. Peppermint Patty & Marcie Lead the Parade

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Zwilich: Peanuts® Gallery

Rossini: Overture to the Barber of Seville


Tchaikovshy: Symphony No.5 Mvts i, ii, iv, Op.64



Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 9:30 & 11am

Strauss: Blue Danube


Ravel :Sheherazade


Debussy: La Mer


Smetana: Vitana Moldau


Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 9:30 & 11am

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Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1


Wittry: After the Rain


Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919)


Monday, April 1, 2019 at 9:30 & 11am

Elgar: Enigma Variations


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58: iii