Mar 28 2020
Appalachian Spring

Appalachian Spring

Presented by Akron Symphony Orchestra at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall - University of Akron

An all-American program opens with Joan Tower’s celebratory overture, which varies the melody of America the Beautiful in glorious ways. Delius’ Appalachia pays tribute to the people and landscape of Florida, where the composer lived as a young adult. To many Americans, Copland’s Appalachian Spring epitomizes the sound of the heartland, just as Bernstein’s On the Town embodies life in the big city.

Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Akron Symphony Appalachia Choir

Joan Tower’s Made in America has been performed by more than 65 orchestras in all 50 states. (Source: New York Times)

Delius’ Appalachia was inspired by the composer’s experiences living in Florida as a young man. Along with Florida Suite, it is one of his two major choral works with an American setting. (Source: British Library)

Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring captures the essence of an ideal America, one of open fields and endless possibilities, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning score has become one of the most inspiring and symbolic works of the century. (Source: NPR)

Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town was considered very progressive when it premiered on Broadway in 1944 as it was the first musical that incorporated black and white characters performing alongside one another in equal roles, with a complete lack of racial stereotyping. (Source:

Admission Info


Single tickets for this performance go on sale August 1. Classic Series Subscriptions and Flex Subscriptions are on sale now. All ticket sales are final.

Phone: 330.535.8131


Dates & Times

2020/03/28 - 2020/03/28

  • Mar 28, 2020 at 08:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Sat)
Location Info

EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall - University of Akr...

198 Hill St., Akron, OH 44325

Parking Info

Various parking decks and lots are located adjacent to the Hall.

Accessibility Info