Program Notes

Gabriela Montero: ‘Westward’ Program Notes by Linda Russell

compositions by age six, a rudimentary opera at nine, and his first symphony at ten; he became a student at the St. Petersburg Conservatory at thirteen. During his study at the conservatory, Prokofiev gained respect for the music of Haydn and Mozart, for the elegant dance forms of the eighteenth century, and for the transparent sonority … Read more

Beyond the Music with Deputy Director Linda Nelson

Let’s talk about the VISION in the music. “Voices Appeared,” The Orlando Consort January 24 at 7:30 pm, Hannaford Hall Joan of Arc was one of my heroes growing up. Was she one of yours? (Feel free to post your responses below.)   Whether the extremely young, visionary, cross-dressing French freedom fighter (and later canonized … Read more

Inon Barnatan Program Notes

Portland Ovations presents Inon Barnatan – Classical Pianist Performing in Portland at Hannaford Hall on Saturday, October 13 at 2 pm   Program notes by Linda Russell   Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) French composer Maurice Ravel began composing at age twelve; he studied piano at the Paris Conservatory. Major influences on Ravel’s … Read more