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Spokane Symphony Masterworks 7: Appalachian Spring

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    MORIHIKO NAKAHARA, CONDUCTOR
    STEPHEN WILLIAMSON, CLARINET

    Enjoy the music from American visionaries. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, represents the quintessential “American sound.” Rich in wide-open intervals, it captures the essence of American ideals, filled with endless possibilities. The work’s finale is a set of variations on the Shaker tune, Simple Gifts. Copland’s lyrical Clarinet Concerto, written for Benny Goodman, infuses swing elements with Brazilian folk music. Works by Gershwin and Bernstein incorporate virtuoso jazz instrumentalists into the orchestra. Philip Glass’ Overture for 2012 commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

    THE MUSIC
    Philip Glass — Overture for 2012
    George Gershwin — American in Paris
    Aaron Copland — Clarinet Concerto
    Leonard Bernstein — Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
    Aaron Copland — Appalachian Spring

    Come early for a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance. Doors open 90 minutes before the concerts.

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