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Masterworks Concerts - KSO Features American Composers

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Masterworks Concerts - KSO Features American Composers

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The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will continue its Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series Nov. 17 and 18, with Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, conducted by KSO Music Director Aram Demirjian. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Tennessee Theatre.

The program begins with Charles Ives' Variations on America (with the familiar tune found in "My Country, Tis of Thee" and "God Save The Queen"), which was arranged by William Schuman and premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 1964. Following the theme of American composers, next is the uplifting Symphony No. 1, known as "Afro- American" by Mississippi-born composer William Grant Still, who, through combining his blues-oriented material with a traditional symphonic ensemble, integrated black culture into the classical forms.

The second half of the program includes Jeff Midkiff's Concerto for Mandolin and Orchestra, "From the Blue Ridge." Midkiff is also the concert soloist. The program concludes with Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite, a suite originally written as a ballet. The story tells of a celebration of the American pioneers of the 19th century, after building a new Pennsylvania farmhouse. …

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