Santa Barbara Symphony Performances

2020-21 Season

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

Copland + Gershwin

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.” —The New Yorker

Saturday, November 21, 2020; 8:00 pm

Sunday, November 22, 2020; 3:00 pm

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Season Corporate Sponsor - Montecito Bank & Trust
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