October 6, 2018, 4:37 PM · Hi all. This is 2 questions essentially. How does one go about selecting a program? Ie. What pieces to put in it? And secondly, if writing programme notes for the concert, what would you include in it?

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October 6, 2018, 5:49 PM · What kind of concert? A full-length recital with intermission? A shorter, one-hour recital without intermission? Who is your audience? General audience, students, children, the elderly?
October 6, 2018, 6:00 PM · And to add to Mary Ellen's question: Is your audience not really into classical music? Familiar but not regular classical concert-goers? Regular concert-goers, but not adventurous in taste? More adventurous, knowledgeable folks?
October 6, 2018, 7:53 PM · As for the program notes:
The program itself.
A paragraph about yourself.
A paragraph about your accompanist.
A brief paragraph about each significant selection (such as a sonata).
A sentence or two about your violin.
Acknowledgements -- as appropriate.
A pizza coupon on the back is always a nice touch.
October 6, 2018, 9:03 PM · If you want shorter program notes -- for instance, enough to fit on one side of a half-sheet of paper, as I've seen people do in order to economize -- it's sufficient to have your bio, your pianist's bio, and a list of the pieces.

If you do a short program like that (or even if you don't), it's nice if you introduce the pieces verbally -- just a couple of sentences will do. Share a humorous anecdote if possible.

October 7, 2018, 10:58 AM · Well its a concert for 2 violins and violin/viola. And it'll be a mixed audience I think

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