By Philip Feo

Premiered by the Chicago Pops Orchestra - Frank Winkler, conductor

Instrumentation: 3/2/2/2/4/3/3/1/Timp/Perc/Drum Set (opt.)/Harp/Strings

Description: America’s Hope (Symphonic Overture) was inspired by the many challenges we endure as citizens of the United States of  America today.  Some of the most inspiring and moving music compositions, which lift our spirits during times of doubt and concern, are those of our American which touches our soul as we contemplate our precious  gift of freedom.  Through spirited and reflective music we can rise above our troubles, if only for a brief moment, recognizing that there is always hope for the future.  This composition employs traditional techniques of the “Americana” style while offering a refreshing and contemporary sound.

America’s Hope (Orchestra)                                                        Duration: 6:20          

By John Palmer & Charles Ward, Arranged by Vince Leonard

Premiered by the Concert Singers of Cary and the Raleigh Symphony - Lawrence Speakman, conductor

Instrumentation: 3/2/2/BsCl/2/AATB Saxes/ 4/3/3/1/Timp/Perc/Drum Set/Piano/Harp/Strings (Opt. Chorus)

Description: One of the classic Americana waltz melodies reset in a fast four, seasoned with Gershwin and Sousa and topped off with an orchestra vocal.  This arrangement tells the story of a band whose revels get a bit out of hand, attracting the attention of the local constable.  They try to contain their merry-making but, after a brief attempt at a quite rendition in 3, a “spirited” ensemble vocal (chorus is optional) crosses the constable’s line.  They make a break to elude him and continue their revels elsewhere in the final 12/8 statement.

And The Band Played On (Orchestra with optional chorus)            Duration: 3:00

Words by Julia Ward Howe, Music by William Steffe, Arranged by Vince Leonard

Premiered by the Concert Singers of Cary and the Raleigh Symphony - Lawrence Speakman, conductor

Instrumentation: 3 (Picc)/2/2+Bs. Cl./2/4/3/3/1/Timp/Mal/2 Perc/Piano/El. Bs. (Opt.)/Harp/SATB Chorus/Strings

Description: This setting honors all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.  It begins with the uneasy calm before the storm of battle.  The trumpets sound the charge as the battle begins.  Themes from the armed service songs are juxtaposed against the melody which culminates in the loss of some of our best and bravest.  Military honors are given to the fallen who then embark on their final homecoming. 

Battle Hymn of the Republic  (Chorus with Orchestra)                    Duration: 6:30

Elegy and Hymn  (Orchestra with chorus)                                        Duration: 8:05

Text from the letters of Katharine, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Music by Vincent Leonard

Premiered by the Concert Singers of Cary and the Raleigh Symphony - Lawrence Speakman, conductor

Instrumentation: 3/2/2/BsCl/2/ 4/3/3/1/ Timp/2 Perc//Piano/Harp/ SATB Chorus/ Strings

Description: Inspired by a visit to the Wright Brothers National Memorial and the letters of Katherine, Orville and Wilbur Wright written during the development powered flight.  The piece begins with by evoking the wind, the reason Kitty Hawk was chosen as the test site, and Wilbur’s phrase “Flight Is Possible,” taken from his first letter to fellow aviation pioneer Octave Chanute The Wright’s did take notice of Kitty Hawk’s natural beauty, their description is combined with Katharine Wright’s quote “Kitty Hawk cures all ills.”  The text engraved on the Kill Devil Hill pylon is used to depict the struggle to solve the intricacies of controlled flight.  The phrase Flight Is Possible is reprised, this time as an acclamation of success.  An excerpt from the telegram sent from Kitty Hawk to the Wright family in Dayton is subject of the final section of the piece.  

Flight Is Possible (The Wrights at Kitty Hawk)  (Chorus with Orchestra)        Duration: 6:05

By Vincent Leonard

Premiered by the Concert Singers of Cary and the Raleigh Symphony - Lawrence Speakman, Conductor

Instrumentation: 3/2/2/BsCl/2/ 4/3/3/1/Timp/2 Perc//Piano/Harp/ SATB Chorus/Strings

Description: Though the original inspiration for Heartland was a trip to Grand Teton National Park, however it easily fits as a tribute for any part of this country that has captured your heart.  Heartland features a written trumpet solo and has parts for chorus that are optional but do add the “Hollywood Soundtrack” feel to the piece.  

Heartland  (Orchestra with optional chorus)                                        Duration: 4:05

By Philip Feo

Premiered by the Concert Singers of Cary and the Raleigh Symphony - Lawrence Speakman, Conductor

Instrumentation: 3 (Picc)/2(2 dbl. E.H)/2/Bs.Cl/2/4/3/3/1/Timp/Perc/Drum Set/Piano/Harp/Strings - Solo voice or SATB Chorus

Description: The Statue of Liberty has been an iconic symbol of freedom to Americans and the United States for over one hundred years. Dedicated on October 28, 1886, the statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and originally called Liberty Enlightening the World (French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) this statue is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island (originally called Bedloe's Island) in New York Harbor. It is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of American independence. At her feet lies a broken chain.

This composition is a tribute to this magnificent work of art and to what it stands for. Also, it is a tribute to our ancestors who came before us to forge a new life. They left their homes and all they knew in pursuit of the “American Dream”.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) “Statement of Significance” describes the statue as a “masterpiece of the human spirit” that “endures as a highly potent symbol—inspiring contemplation, debate and protest—of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy and opportunity.” (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

Mother Liberty  (Chorus with Orchestra or Solo Vocal with Orchestra)       Duration 5:45

By Vincent Leonard

Photography by Jamie Resurreccion

Premiered by the Concert Singers of Cary and the Raleigh Symphony - Lawrence Speakman, conductor

Instrumentation: 3/2/2/BsCl/2/AATB Sax/4/3/3/1/Timp/2 Perc//Piano/Harp/Strings

Description: This piece features the Alto Saxophone and requires the soloist to improvise in some sections of the piece.  Composed to accompany a collection of images by Washington D.C. photographer Jamie Resurreccion,  Focusing on the people that make up one of America’s most interesting cities, that just happens to be the National Capitol.

Arranged by Vincent Leonard

Created for the Garritan Christmas CD Vol. 6

Instrumentation: 3(Picc)/2/2/BsCl/2/AATTB Sax(Opt.)/ 4/3/3/1/ Timp/2 Perc/Drum Set/Piano/Celeste/Harp/ Strings

Description:  A song originally written for Thanksgiving, Jingle Bells collides with a song originally written to celebrate the New Year (when the New Year was celebrated in April), Carol Of The Bells.  Jingle Bells is clearly the winner in melody, but Carol of the Bells keeps the time signature in 3/4, and manages to get the last word at the closing bell.     

Carol of the Jingle Bells  (Orchestra)                                            Duration: 2:42

To The Spring (Orchestra)                                       Duration: 4:40

By Edvard Grieg

Orchestrated by Vince Leonard

Premiered by The Brandywine Pops Orchestra - Evelyn Swensson, Conductor

Instrumentation: 2/2/2/2/ 2/3/3/1/Timp/ Strings

Description: A straightforward presentation of Grieg’s classic piano piece. that’s perfect for spring concerts.

The Snow Is Dancing  (Orchestra)                           Duration: 2:34

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By Claud Debussy

Orchestrated by Vincent Leonard

Instrumentation: 3(Picc)/3(Eng. Hn)/3(Bs. Cl)/3(Contra)/ 2/2/2/0 3Perc/Hp/Strings

Description: Debussy’s evocative piano piece scored for orchestra as if to accompany Robert Frost’s classic poem Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening. 

Washington D C - One Truth  (Orchestra with Solo Alto Saxophone)         Duration: 5:20

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By Philip Feo

Premiered by the Concert Singers of Cary and the Raleigh Symphony - Lawrence Speakman, Conductor

Instrumentation: 3 (Picc)/2(2 dbl. E.H)/2/Bs.Cl/2/4/3/3/1/Timp/Perc/Piano/Harp/Strings - SATB Chorus

Description: The tragic events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 have forever changed America. Our safe and secure homeland as we knew it was compromised that beautiful Tuesday morning as we came face to face with evil. The belief that our country was invincible to the threats of such evil individuals who perpetrated this heinous act was seriously challenged. This piece is dedicated to all the innocent men, women and children who fell victim to the attack of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, the plane crash in the Pennsylvania field and to their surviving family members.

Elegy and Hymn is written in two sections. Section I, Elegy, unveils the tragic reality of evil and the painfully raw destruction of lives. The opening note of G and simple four note scale motive in G minor represents the surreal nature of the chaos that was happening in and around the towers after the planes hit. The music builds to the point of the inevitable, the actual collapse of the World Trade Center buildings and their complete devastation. We can only imagine what these people experienced. They would face their inevitable death that morning in a most tragic way. After the first intense climax the music shifts abruptly to a distant and brief“chorus of angels” which segue's to the second half of the composition....the resolution.

Section II offers a musical resolution to the tragedy as the souls of the victims are lifted to the heavens. Despite the horrific loss of life we are resolved to know that life, goodness and love prevail over all evil. This section also starts softly on the note G and transitions to the majestic “Hymn of the Innocent Souls” as it builds to an uplifting and emotional climax. Gently the orchestration settles into the last chorus with the woodwind trio performing the hymn tune and trails off quietly as the strings bring the composition to a peaceful conclusion.

May their souls rest in peace and may we never forget Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

Skiball  (Orchestra)               Duration: 4:20

By Gordon Wallin

Instrumentation: 3+Picc/2/2/Bs. Cl./2/ 4/3/3/1 Timp/Mall/Perc 1 & 2/Harp/Strings

Description: The musical composition for orchestra, “SKIBALL”  by Gordon Wallin, emulates the long journey of a skier as he makes his descent in the dead of winter from a mountaintop to his point of origin, a ski resort in Vermont.  The sky is clear, the air is crisp, and the powder is perfect as the skier takes on the many challenges of the mountain.  This high-paced work will create the energy of all these events and will conclude with a flourish when the skier completes his downward journey with a perfect turn.

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Symphony in B minor  (Orchestra)                           Duration: 11:15

By Claude Debussy, orchestrated by Tony Finno

Recorded on NAXOS by the Orchestre National de Lyon - Jun Märkl, conductor

Instrumentation: 2 (picc)/2 (cor ang)/2/2/4/2/2/Timp/Perc/Harp/Strings


"... an early symphonic movement that originally never got beyond piano-duet scoring emerges like liquid gold".
(Classic FM Magazine)

"Tony Finno's realisation of the early Symphony breathes Debussian air".
(Gramophone Magazine)

"I've heard one other chamber ensemble arrangement of Debussy's sketches and this version for full orchestra by Tony Finno is far and away the best".


"Tony Finno's orchestral arrangement emphasizes the music's Russian influences (it was composed around the time he [Debussy] was employed by Tchaikovsky's patron Nadezhda von Meck), though there are occasional pre-echoes of the mature Debussy".

(Classics Today)

"Conductor Jun Märkl's Naxos recordings of Debussy have received lavish praise...but the primary item of interest on this collection of orchestrated Debussy is the first movement of the composer's unfinished Symphony in B minor, which seems like an attractive hybrid of Tchaikovsky and Franck. The performing version, made by Tony Finno from the surviving piano-four-hands score, is extremely engaging".

(Bill O'Connell - WCLV 104.9 FM - Cleveland)

"Of particular interest is Debussy’s one and only attempt at writing a symphony, only the first movement of which he completed. American composer-arranger Tony Finno provides an inspired orchestration of this neglected gem of a piece".

(WQXR 105.9 FM - New York - 9/28/11 Album of the Week)


Romance  (String Orchestra)               Duration: 8:15

By Tony Fenno

Instrumentation: Violin 1, 2, Viola, Cello 1, 2, Bass

Premiered by SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City) at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Description: Here we have a traditional, neo-romantic Romance for the 21st century that also features step out solos for cello and violin. The piece began life as the second movement of a piano trio which was later orchestrated for strings. It is somewhat programatic in that we can follow our subjects from their initial courtship and well beyond. All in all it's a sensuous, playful and fun piece.

Declarations of Joy  (Chorus with Orchestra)                                 Duration: 23:30

By Leslie Savoy Burrs

Commissioned by the Denison University Gospel Choir and Orchestra

Instrumentation: 2/2/2/2 2/2/2/0 Timp/2 Perc./Choir/Strings

Description:  The text chosen for DECLARATIONS OF JOY heavily influenced my approach to writing this work. The imagery and rhythmic qualities of the text generate the composition's motivic ideas, themes, and harmonic texture. One of the basic characteristics of this work and my style in general is the integration of "Funk" or groove elements usually found in the cello, bass, and bassoon parts. The brass are frequently treated as a big band horn section providing rhythmic "punch" and intensity for the overlapping melodic lines of the chorus and strings.

The first movement, EXULTATION, is based on Psalm 150, Praise Ye the Lord. It opens with a brass fanfare of the theme with string and woodwind responses followed by the chorus entrance.

The second movement, RENEWAL, was written in contrast to the first and third movements' massive choral an orchestra sound. My intent was to write a melody for the A section based on Isaiah to be reminiscent of a Negro Folksong or spiritual with a traditional counterpoint accompaniment. The B section of this movement using Psalm 121 would reflect the hymns and anthems I performed in the Episcopal Church. The harmonic progression for this section would have at times a contemporary or jazz treatment. This movement concludes with a repeat of the A section.

The text for the third movement, AFFIRMATION, is based on Matthew 5, the Beatitudes. This text has always impressed me as a message of defiance, strength, and beauty. It affirms that those who remain "Pure in Heart" and are willing to care and provide for those in need are truly "the light of the world" and the "salt of the earth." The introduction for this movement is intended to have an angelic quality with a subtle underlying message of power signified in the pulsating bass figure. The refrain of rejoicing is a jubilant revelation of the rewards awaiting those who are merciful, peacemakers, and pure in heart.

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