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Program Notes

Selections from The Phantom of the Opera

(1986)

Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer

Warren Barker, arranger

Andrew Lloyd Webber has once again written a theatrical musical which is highly operatic. This versatile composer, from a distinguished British musical family, has created stage music which is adaptable and effective for concert performance. The original score calls for a very large orchestra and the band version, arranged by Warren Barker, presents some unusual special effects.

WMT

Now celebrating its twentieth anniversary, Phantom of the Opera is undoubtedly one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most beloved and well known musical scores. This arrangement by Warren Barker includes the memorable selections “Think of Me,” “Angel of Music,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “All I Ask of You,” “The Point of No Return,” and “The Music of the Night.” Having debuted on October 9th, 1986 in London’s West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre, the musical first opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theater, January 1988, and was swiftly the winner of seven Tony awards, and the longest-running musical in Broadway’s history.

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