Program Note for Festival Rondo

This work is a shortened version of A Fivescore Festival, a work commissioned by the City of Kent, Washington in celebration of their Centennial and written specifically for their community orchestra, the Rainier Symphony Orchestra.  Because the commission used community funds, the City was fairly specific as to the type of work they wanted.  The work was to be "festive, uplifting, and accessible to the general public, celebrating the settlement of the valley and the city."  While A Fivescore Festival features a series of four preludes and a rondo (lasting some 18 minutes), Festival Rondo presents just part of the first prelude with the rondo kept intact.  This version was written in response to the programming needs of many community orchestras.