CONCERTS AND EVENTS
How to Make it in America
Nancy Bloomer Deussen: American Hymn
Antonin Dvorak: American Suite
William Grant Still: From the Black Belt
George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Join the CCCO as we explore music penned by several of the most ambitious, diverse composers to make a name for themselves in America.
Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen’s An American Hymn is a gorgeous musical depiction of the vast landscapes of America. The score carries the inscription: “In appreciation of how fortunate I am to be a citizen of this great nation.”
Antonin Dvorak’s American Suite, a “melting pot” work, blends the sounds of the American landscape he explored in the 1890’s with those of his Czech heritage.
William Grant Still was the first African-American composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company and the first to conduct a major American orchestra. His work From the Black Belt is comprised of seven charming vignettes. In the preface to the score, the composer explains that this piece was “written frankly to amuse and to please those who listen to them.”
Closing the program is George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, a work that helped define the sound of America and propel American composers into the international spotlight.
The Trumpet Shall Sound
Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 4:00pm
Fireside Room at Gateway Complex
Private event for Rossmoor residents and their guests
Soloist: Joe Brown, Trumpet – San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Nick Benavides: Magnetismus
Alan Hovhaness: Prayer of St. Gregory
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in Eb
featuring Joe Brown, Trumpet – San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Leos Janacek: Idyll for Strings (Adagio only)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 82 “The Bear”
From heroic fanfares to sultry serenades, the trumpet is a leading voice that composers have relied on to tell their stories for centuries. Join the CCCO and soloist Joe Brown, Second Trumpet of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, in a program featuring two stunning solos for trumpet and orchestra. From Alan Hovhaness’ lush, dream-like Prayer of Saint Gregory to Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s shimmering, virtuosic Concerto for Trumpet in Eb, this program will showcase the tremendous capabilities of the trumpet. Also on the program will be California-based composer Nick Benavides’s mesmerizing Magnetismus, the “Adagio” from Leos Janacek’s Idyll and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 82 “The Bear.”