American Frontiers

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Date(s) - 08/02/2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Clayton Center Performing Arts Auditorium

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Jonathan Levin, pianist

$12 general, $8 students and seniors, kids 8 and under are free

American Frontiers explores the incredible diversity and range of styles that make up the American musical experience starting with the Romanticism of Edward MacDowell’s To a Water Lily all the way up the present day with William Bolcom’s many-sided and original Nine New Bagatelles.  Along the way we are treated to Gershwin’s lively Three Preludes, the evocative Tides of Manaunaun by Henry Cowell, Copland’s vibrant and colorful El Salon Mexico and the brilliant, rarely performed Piano Sonata No. 2 by George T. Walker, the first African-American composer to win a Pulizer Prize. Music of Charles Griffes ends the program with his haunting masterpiece, the Piano Sonata.

Charles Griffes
Edward MacDowell              
To a Water Lily from Woodland Sketches Op. 50 (1896)                                                         
Witches Dance Op. 17 No. 2 (1883)

George Gershwin
3 Preludes (1926)                                                                                                                                                                    
Henry Cowell
The Tides of Manaunaun (1917)                                                                                                                                             
Aaron Copland/Arr. Bernstein
El Salon Mexico (1936)                                                                                                                        
George T. Walker
Sonata No. 2 (1957)                                                                                                                                                                
William Bolcom
Nine New Bagatelles (2006)                                                                                                                                           
1. (…’and then what happened?’)
2. (…what happened)
3. (…a bird comments–to another bird?)
4. (…Lord Lovell’s trunk)
5. (…a little story)
6. (…take no prisoners)
7. (…valse oubliable)
8. (…benediction)
9. (…pavane for the dead/hope’s feathers)

 Charles Griffes
Piano Sonata (1918)