Program Notes

Concerto for Two Violas on Themes from Smetana’s “From My Life” Quartet composed 2014-15

At A Glance

Sortomme created this concerto for two violas as a commission from The Cleveland Orchestra to honor Robert Vernon’s upcoming retirement as the ensemble’s principal viola. He com- posed the work starting in 2014, and completed it in the summer of 2015. This work runs about 25 minutes in performance. Sortomme scored it for an orchestra of 2 flutes (second doubling piccolo), piccolo (doubling alto flute), 2 oboes, english horn, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 4 trumpets, About the Music 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percus- sion (cymbals, triangle, timbales, tambourine, castanets, woodblock, claves, snare drum, piccolo snare drum, bass drum, field drum, bongos, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, crotales, glockenspiel), harp, piano, accordian, and strings, plus the two viola soloists. The Cleveland Orchestra is presenting the world premiere performances of this concerto with this weekend’s concerts at Severance Hall, November 19-21, 2015.