Made in the USA Opening Concert
The Waterbury Symphony Orchestr's 79th season opens with works by Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein and Barber entitled "Made in the USA." BELLA HRISTOVA, VIOLIN
Each of the four giants we salute in this concert contributed distinctive ingredients to the melting pot that was 20th Century American music. Aaron Copland's Texas-born mother sang cowboy tunes to him as a child, which found their way into his ballet, Rodeo. Elements of Leonard Bernstein's classical training inform the beautiful melodies of his West Side Story dances. Samuel Barber's love of American song inspired his lyric Violin Concerto. And George Gershwin's boyhood bicycle trips to Harlem to hear jazz led to a bigger trip—a European sojourn that ultimately inspired his An American in Paris.
Copland — Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Barber — Violin Concerto, Soloist: Bella Hristova
Bernstein — Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Gershwin — An American in Paris