b'November 2022 Program Notesby Elizabeth SchwartzGEORGE GERSHWIN Promenade (Walking the Dog) for OrchestraCOMPOSER:born September 26, 1898, Brooklyn, NY; died July 11, 1937, Hollywood, CAWORK COMPOSED:1937, as part of the score for the film Shall We Dance .WORLD PREMIERE:1937INSTRUMENTATION:piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, glockenspiel, suspended cymbal, triangle, vibraphone, woodblock, and stringsESTIMATED DURATION:3 minutesGeorge Gershwin achieved a great deal in histheAcademyAward-nominatedsong,They too-short life (he died of a brain tumor at the ageCant Take That Away From Me . The movie of 38) . In addition to his many Broadway musicals,features Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in one written in collaboration with his brother Ira, andof their timeless dance fantasies . The excerpt on his groundbreaking orchestral works, Gershwintonights program has become a stand-alone work also composed a handful of scores for Hollywoodwith a variety of arrangements, this version for films . After his death, additional films such as theorchestra was first published in 1960 . The music 1945 biopic Rhapsody in Blue and the 1951 MGMcorresponds to a scene in which Fred Astaire adaptation of An American in Paris also showcasedborrows a dog so he can walk it along the deck Gershwins music . of a luxury liner as a pretext for meeting Ginger The 1937 film Shall We Dance is the bestRogers, who is also walking a dog . known of Gershwins film scores and includes WYNTON MARSALIS Concerto in D for Violin and OrchestraCOMPOSER:born October 18, 1961, New Orleans, LAWORK COMPOSED:2015-15, for violinist Nicola BenedettiWORLD PREMIERE:Benedetti performed the solo part with conductor James Gaffigan and the London Symphony Orchestra on November 6, 2015, in Barbican Hall, LondonINSTRUMENTATION:solo violin, 3 flutes (1 doubling piccolo), 3 oboes (1 doubling English horn), 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons (1 doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp and strings ESTIMATED DURATION:44 minutesWynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimedhas created music for tap to ballet dancers, all musician, composer/bandleader, educator, and athe while expanding the vocabulary for jazz and leading advocate of American culture . Born into aclassical music . In 1997, Marsalis oratorio Blood famous New Orleans family of musicians and edu- on the Fields became the first jazz composition cators, Marsalis began playing trumpet at age six .to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music . Since 1996, In his teens, Marsalis studied at Tanglewood andMarsalis has served as the director of Jazz at Juilliard and toured with acclaimed bandleader ArtLincoln Center . In this role, as in his many and Blakey and his Jazz Messengers . In 1983, at agevaried other activities, Marsalis has become the 22, Marsalis became the first and only musicianforemost ambassador for jazz and American to win Grammy awards in classical and jazz cat- music in the United States .egories in the same year . He repeated his wins inMarsalis composes his solo works for specific both categories the following year . performers, rather than instruments . His 2015 As a composer, Marsalis has created andViolin Concerto was written for Scottish violinist performed an expansive range of music acrossNicola Benedetti . Marsalis writes, It takes inspi-multiplegenres: quartets, big bands, chamberration from her life as a traveling performer and music ensembles, symphony orchestras, andeducator who enlightens and delights communities 22Santa Rosa SymphonyRESIDENT ORCHESTRA|WEILL HALL, THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER'