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Copland + Gershwin
A Tribute to Melodic American Modernism
Nir Kabaretti, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano
Robin Frost: Serenade for Strings
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Price: Symphony No. 1
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
A gentle Serenade by Santa Barbara’s own Robin Frost; Piano Concerto in F by George Gershwin, who straddled the boundaries of popular and ‘serious’ music with his very own jazz-influenced classical style. Florence Price’s debut Symphony, the first by a black woman to be performed by a major American orchestra, and a suite by Aaron Copland from his ‘cowboy ballet,’ Rodeo. The Symphony weaves a
musical tapestry through these four composers in tribute to melodic American Modernism.
"[Price’s] orchestration is arresting; she has a tendency to contrast tutti passages with spare, luminous writing for winds...a distinctive sensibility emerges in Price’s pervasively elegant and subtle handling of familiar idioms.”
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