Friday, April 6, 2018 - Sunday, April 8, 2018
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Copland An Outdoor Overture
Gershwin Piano Concerto in F
Theofanidis Rainbow Body
Copland Suite from Billy the Kid
Adam Boyles conductor
Alessio Bax piano appears by arrangement with Arts Management Group
It’s a spring celebration of two favorite American composers! Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F solidified his reputation as a “serious” composer who straddled the line of popular and traditional music. He said that hearing an orchestra perform this concerto, which is flavored with blues, barrelhouse and ragtime, was his greatest musical thrill. Dramatically evocative of the American West and prairie life, Copland’s Billy the Kid follows the life of the infamous outlaw, and presents Billy as a romanticized symbol of the passions and dangers of the Wild West. And Copland’s spirited An Outdoor Overture is an optimistic, rousing tribute to Americana. Plus, Theofanidis’ colorful Rainbow Body takes inspiration from 12th century composer Hildegard of Bingen, as well as the Tibetan Buddist idea of “rainbow body” – where the body of an enlightened being is absorbed back into the universe after death.
Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Adam Boyles one hour prior to to the concert.
The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!
Aaron Copland’s Outdoor Overture and the ballet Billy the Kid are perfectly caught by Andrew Litton and the Colorado Symphony (BIS), who even manage to supplant the classic Bernstein/New York Philharmonic recordings of this composer (SONY).
Andre Previn on piano and the much under-valued conductor Andre Kostelanetz combine forces to capture to perfection the jazzy classicism of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, where the performers do not overinflate the music.
Theofanides’ Rainbow Body is nicely performed by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony on a well-engineered recording from TELARC.