One of the most beloved symphonies ever composed takes a journey through the sounds and landscapes of America’s heartland. Showcasing the season theme, “Being American,” Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony is subtitled, “From the New World.” Full of pulsating rhythms, sweeping melodies, and incorporating African American spirituals and Native American tunes, this monumental piece also intermingles lively Czech folk songs which reflect Dvořák’s longing for his homeland.
Bask in the sunshine of one of Mozart’s most intimate and expressive piano concertos performed by this summer’s piano competition winner. This is the mature Mozart at the top of his game, conveying warmth, tenderness, and good cheer. The absence of trumpets and timpani and his soulful writing for the clarinet—a fairly new instrument at the time—give the work a dark mellowness. The poignant minor key of the Adagio is followed by a playful finale.
Opening the program is Copland’s infectious musical postcard, El salón México. Copland named the piece for a charming Mexico City nightclub he visited in 1932 with fellow composer Carlos Chavez. It became an instant success both in Mexico and north of the border.
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