Ah yes. The player piano. A machine that could read a set of instructions and execute a musical performance.
A set list is a similar model. It provides a set of instructions and it helps the band to execute a musical performance. For some concerts, I produce not only a set list but also detailed production cues for rolling videos, lighting, backing tracks, sound cues.
The Christmas concert will be using the following set list. I prefer to keep track of keys and tempos especially if we are playing to a click.
Creating a musical program is inherently artistic although with quite a bit of structure. When I attend large venue concerts I am often amazed at the logistics required to put on a show. Although not to the same scale, smaller productions require a similar level of planning.