Repertoire Report- Oregon East Symphony and KW

With my OES tenure now in its final week, I wanted to take a look back over our work together and see if we’ve accomplished anything.

It seemed a good time for a special edition of the Repertoire Report– in this case, a complete listing of every work I’ve performed during my time there. To do this, my research assistant (who kindly volunteered his time in exchange for me not telling his student loan company where he is now living) combed through all my programs. We’ll also publish the list by program, which might be of some interest as well.  We’ve included some of the projects we’ve done with the Preparatory Orchestra as well- works with an asterisk have been done by both OES and the Prep orchestra. Works with a (2) have been done twice by OES. I’ve also included some chamber music and recital projects done through OES.

I think it’s a pretty good list (I guess I would, wouldn’t I), and I think it might give some encouragement to another young conductor just getting their first music directorship with a small orchestra of modest resources- there are surely few smaller or with more modest resources than what I found when I first arrived there. No need to be put off by my long tenure, either- I did the most repertoire in the first 4 years when OES was a bigger slice of my work, and I was doing all the concerts (and the orchestra was doing slightly more concerts).

Regrets? Well, not all of it would have been right for us at various times, but I can’t believe we never did any Bartok, Bruckner or Janacek. I would have loved to have done more French repertoire, more Brahms and more Bach. Well, more of everything, really. I’m really cross we never did the First Piano Concerto of Beethoven and the Triple Concerto- I would have loved to have finished his concerti to go with the symphonies. I can’t really believe we never did Leonore 3 or the Mendelssohn Italian Symphony- those both got listed on programs dozens of times and never quite got performed. I’m surprised how much Britten we managed to do. I think  there’s a good amount and variety of new music- it’s not easy to program new works on a small season with a conservative audience, but we’ve pushed hard, and there are a good batch of pieces that got heard for the first time in Pendeton as a result.

Anyway- here’s the list. A lot of blood sweat and tears went into, and a lot of joy and wisdom came from it.

1. J.C. Bach- Cello Concerto in C minor

2. Bach- Christmas Oratorio

3- Bach- Cello Suites 2-5

4. Bach- Double Concerto in D minor for Two Violins

5. Bamert- Circus Parade

6. Barber- Adagio for Strings

7. Barber- Cello Concerto

8. Barber- Violin Concerto

9. Beethoven- Coriolan Overture

10. Beethoven- Egmont Overture *

11. Beethoven- Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat

12. Beethoven- Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

13. Beethoven- Piano Concerto No. 4

14. Beethoven- Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”

15. Beethoven- Violin Concerto in D Major, opus 61

16. Beethoven- String Quartet in F major, op 18 no. 1
17. Beethoven- Symphony No. 1 in C Major *

18. Beethoven- Symphony no. 2 in D major

19. Beethoven- Symphony No. 3 in E flat, “Eroica”

20. Beethoven- Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, opus 60

21. Beethoven- Symphony No. 5 in C minor *

22. Beethoven- Symphony no. 6 in F Major “Pastoral”

23. Beethoven- Symphony No. 7 in A Major

24. Beethoven- Symphony no. 8

25. Beethoven- Symphony No. 9

26. Berlioz- Overture to “Beatrice and Benedict”

27. Bernstein- Selections from West Side Story 8

28. Bizet- Carmen

29. Bloch- Suite for Cello and Orchestra

30. Borodin- Symphony No. 2

31. Brahms- Academic Festival Overture

32. Brahms- Double Concerto for Violin and Cello

33. Brahms- Symphony No. 1

34. Brahms- Selected Hungarian Dances

35. Brahms- Variations on a Theme of Haydn

36. Britten- Matinees Musicales

37. Britten- Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

38. Bruch Violin Concerto

39. Bruch- Kol Nidrei

40. Copland- Appalachian Spring (Version for Full Orchestra)

41. Copland- Hoe Down

42. Copland- An Outdoor Overture Copland- Quiet City

43. Debussy- Prelude to “Afternoon of a Faun”

44. Debussy- Cello Sonata

45. Donizetti- Overture to Don Pasquale

46. Emily Doolittle- “Falling Still” for Violin and Strings (US Premiere)

47. Doolittle- Green/Blue (world-premiere)

48. Doolittle- Airs of Men Long Dead (world-premiere)

49. Dvorak- Cello Concerto in B minor, opus 104

50. Dvorak- Husitska Overture

51. Dvorak- Serenade for Winds

52. Dvorak- Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major

53. Dvorak Slavonic Dances op 46 and 72

54. Dvorak- Stabat Mater

55. Dvorak- Symphony  No. 6

56. Dvorak- Symphony no. 9 “From the New World”

57. Elgar- Chanson de Matin, Chanson de Nuit

58. Elgar- Cello Concerto (2)

59. Elgar- Violin Concerto

60. Elgar- Enigma Variations

61. Espinosa- Movement for Strings (World Premiere)

62. Faure- Elegy for Cello and Orchestra

63. Faure- Pelleas and Melisande Suite

64. Franck- Cello Sonata

65. Gershwin- An American in Paris

66. Gershwin- Rhapsody in Blue (version for two pianos)

67. Glazunov- Violin Concerto

68. Glinka- Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla *

69. Glinka- Kamarinskaya

70. Grieg- Piano Concerto in A Minor

71. Handel- Harp Concerto, mvt. I

72. Handel- Messiah

73. Haydn- Cello Concerto in C major

74. Haydn- Mass in Time of War

75. Haydn- Symphony no. 59 in A Major, “Fire Symphony”

76. Haydn- Symphony no. 94 “Surprise”

77. Haydn- Symphony No. 101, “Clock”

78. Haydn- Symphony No. 104 in D major (“London”)

79. Hindemith- Der Schwanendreher (Concerto on Old German Folk Songs for Viola and Small Orchestra)

80. Holst.- The Planets, Suite for Large Orchestra

81. Janacek- Pohadka

82. Khatchaturian- Sabre Dance

83. Liadov- Eight Russian Folk Songs

84. Mahler- Symphony No. 1 in D Major

85. Mahler- Symphony No. 2 in C minor

86. Mahler- Symphony no. 4

87. Mahler- Symphony no. 5

88. Martinu- Memorial to Lidice

89. Margaret Mayer- Among Friends (world premiere commission for OES)

90. John McKinnon- “he calls me by the thunder”

91. McKinnon- Three Songs of the Magic Strings for Violin and Orchestra (World Premiere)

92. Mendelssohn- Overture to The Fair Melusina

93. Mendelssohn- Hebrides Overture

94. Mendelssohn- Violin Concerto

95. Cello Sonata in D Major

96. Mendelssohn- Symphony No. 5

97. Messiaen- Louange a l’eternite de Jesus from “Quartet from the End of Time”

98. Mozart- Overture to Marriage of Figaro

99. Mozart- Horn Concerto No. 2

100. Mozart- Concerto for Two Pianos

101. Mozart- Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major

102. Mozart- Piano Concerto in C major, K 467

103. Mozart- Piano Concerto no 23 in A Major

104. Mozart- Violin Concerto No. 4 (2)

105. Mozart- Masonic Funeral Music

106. Mozart- Mass in C minor, K 427 “Great”

107. Mozart- Requiem

108. Mozart- Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola

109. Mozart- Symphony no. 31 in D “Paris” (2)

110. Mozart- Symphony No. 40 in G minor

111. Mozart- Symphony No. 41 in C Major “Jupiter”

112. Nielsen- Helios Overture

113. Offenbach- Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld

114. Paganini- Violin Concerto no. 1 in D major

115. Piston- Symphony No. 2

116. Prokofiev- Peter and the Wolf

117. Prokofiev- Sonata for Cello and Piano

118. Prokofiev- Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra

119. Rachmaninoff- Piano Concerto No. 2

120. Rachmaninoff- Piano Concerto No. 3

121. Rachmaninoff- Sonata for Cello and Piano

122. Ravel- Mother Goose Suite

123. Ravel- Tombeau de Couperin

124. Ravel- Tzigane

125. Rimsky-Korsakov- Capriccio Espagnol

126. Rimsky Korsakov- Russian Easter Festival

127. Ney Rosauro- Marimba Concerto

128. Rossini- Overture to La Gazza Ladra

129. Rossini- Overture to William Tell

130. Rossini- Overture to Barber of Seville (2)

131. Sarastate- Zigeunerwiesen

132. Schubert- Quintet in C major for Two Violins, Viola and Two Cellos

133. Schubert- Overture to Rosamunde

134. Schubert- Symphony No. 3 in D Major

135. Schubert- Symphony No. 8 in B Minor “Unfinished” *

136. Schumann- Piano Concerto in A minor

137. Schumann- Symphony no. 2 in C major

138. Seitz- Violin Concerto in G major

139. Shostakovich- Cello Concerto No. 1

140. Shostakovich- Sonata for Cello and Piano

141. Shostakovich- Symphony No. 5

142. Sibelius- Spring Song

143. Sibelius- Symphony No. 1 in E minor

144. Sibelius- Symphony No. 2 in D major

145. Smetana- Die Moldau

146. Sousa- The Liberty Bell

147. Suppe- Overture to Poet and Peasant

148. William Grant Still- Afro-American Symphony

149. Johann Strauss Jr.- Emperor Waltz (2)

150. Johann Strauss Jr.- Overture to Die Fledermaus

151. Johann Strauss Jr.- The Beautiful Blue Danube (2)

152. Franz Strauss- Nocturne for horn and strings

153. Strauss- Death and Transfiguration

154. Richard Strauss- Fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra

155. Strauss- Cello Sonata

156. Stravinsky- Suite from “The Firebird” (1919 Version)

157. Tchaikovsky- Andante Cantabile for Cello and Strings

158. Samuel Coleridge Taylor- Petite Suite for Orchestra

159. Tchaikovsky- Romeo and Juliet Overture

160. Tchaikovsky- Souvenir de Florence

161. Tchaikovsky- Orchestral Suite no. 4, “Mozartiana”Tchaikovsky- Symphony No. 1

162. Tchaikovsky- Piano Concerto No. 1

163. Tchaikovsky- Valse from Swan Lake

164. Tchaikovsky- Symphony no. 4 in F minor

165. Tchaikovsky- Symphony No. 5

166. Thomas- Blue Northern (World Premiere Commission)

167. Thomas- In the Haze (World Premiere)

168. Thomas- “Primordial Monkey Soup” for Cello Quartet and Solo Viola (World Premiere)

169. Wagner- Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

170. Wagner- Overture to Rienzi

172. Weber- Overture to Der Freischutz (2)

173. Williams- Suite from Star Wars *

174. Zwilich- Bassoon Concerto

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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