Tower Made in America • Delius Appalachia• Copland Appalachian Spring• Bernstein On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
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
DID YOU KNOW?
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: classical-music.com)
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