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American Romantics: Barber, Copland and Bernstein

May 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

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Ride the emotions of music by three great American composers of the 20th century, with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, towering figures in American classical music, were lifelong friends and champions of each other’s work.

Copland’s Appalachian Spring started life as a ballet telling the story of a young pioneer couple.

Around the cheersourtful melody of the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts, Copland builds a web of beguiling music, beginning and ending in an atmosphere of deep peace.

In Bernstein’s West Side Story, in contrast, powerful Latin dance rhythms depict the simmering, violent energy of two rival gangs.

There’s idealistic young love here too though, in the dreamy, hummable tunes of ‘Maria’ and ‘Somewhere’.

Find out more here. 


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