Douglas McLennan – Introduction to this Class

WHAT'S IN THIS VIDEO: Welcome to Spring For Music's online course. You can watch these videos and listen to the program excerpts in the order below or watch them out of sequence. The art of programming is about creating an experience; a program takes you someplace. It's not just a collection of … [Read more...]

2. Tom Morris: Programming – A Primer

WHAT'S IN THIS VIDEO: To start - a basic structure of a program. Historically, the big symphony was in first half. Now flipped. Programs fail if you build program just around a big piece. There have to be unexpected things - keep audience on its toes. How you construct a progression for a program. … [Read more...]

3. Anne Midgette: Great programming makes connections

WHAT'S IN THIS VIDEO: Great programs make connection that show pieces in new light. Like a meal - there has to be balance between pieces. We seem to have more ernest programs these days - have we lost fun to pops concerts? The lighter side of music is important. Why music needs a "twinkle." Do … [Read more...]

4. Anne Midgette: Concert Programs versus Recordings

WHAT'S IN THIS VIDEO: Classical music concerts suffer from competition with every recording in history. Audiences for recordings and for concerts are often different. In the hall, it's about the moment - a meal where the courses fit one another. Recordings can make you a lazy listener - you can … [Read more...]

Listen & Do #1: Theme Programs

This Oregon Symphony program is an example of a “theme” program which is constructed with intelligence and meaning, and contains consistently great music, sequenced in a way that is startling and tells a story. While the overbearing theme is about “War”, by placing the three pieces in the first half … [Read more...]

5. David Alan Miller: Orchestra Programming is an Argument for Ideas

WHAT'S IN THIS VIDEO: Programs are a collection of ideas. You can argue something tightly, one idea building on another, or it can be more abstract, a group of pieces that connect around some central idea. Difficult to juggle all the variables.  The practicalities also dictate how programs are made. … [Read more...]

Listen & Do #2: Program-As-Personality

This is an example of a program that perfectly expresses the personality of the orchestra playing it - the Edmonton Symphony. It was one of the most popular (and most fun) programs of the 2012 Spring For Music festival. And it was built around new music - in this case a first half of commissions by … [Read more...]

6. Marin Alsop: How I Program

WHAT'S IN THIS VIDEO: For me a great program has a thread or message, a story, something you take away. I try to create programs that have great variety but still have connections. Those connections might not at first be obvious. We have to balance what sells with what the idea is. One doesn't want … [Read more...]

Leonard Slatkin: A History of Music In An Ives Concert

WHAT'S IN THIS VIDEO: Charles Ives' harmonic language evolves over his four symphonies. His dense layering of tunes and harmonies wasn't really accepted. The four were composed over the span of 15 years. But he got so far ahead of the public that he wasn't accepted. It wasn't until the 1920s and 30s … [Read more...]

Listen & Do #3: Historical Program

This is a lot Ives - four symphonies one after another. But performing them in chronological order in one program (something that has never been done) becomes in many ways a short history of American music as seen through Ives’ unique perspective - from the first symphony so clearly dominated by … [Read more...]

Do: Guess The Programs

Tom Morris has a hobby. His hobby is collecting orchestra programs - the good, the bad and the ugly. Here are three of the actual programs he's collected. In his estimation, one is great, one is terrible, and the third is a joke. See if you can guess which is which. At the end of the week we'll post … [Read more...]