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12 November 2020 Knoxville (Tennessee, USA)
Composers Who Served: A Veterans Day Tribute
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Aram Demirjian - Tennessee Theatre
This concert has been canceled.
Program Info: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Aram Demirjian, conductor Andrew Staupe, piano
Aram Demirjian and the KSO honor local veterans in a program of moving works written by, or inspired by, those who served. This evening includes: Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from famed Broadway classic On the Town, which tells the story of sailors on 24-hour leave from the Navy; American composer and veteran Samuel Barber, whose “Night Flight,” was commissioned by the Air Force; A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth, a casualty of World War I and budding composer; Born on the Fourth of July by Air Force veteran John Williams, inspired by veterans’ chronic struggle of PTSD; Concerto for Left Hand by Maurice Ravel, who joined the French Army at 39 and wrote this piece for Austrian concert pianist Paul Wittgenstein who lost an arm in World War I, played by pianist Andrew Staupe; Copland’s Appalachian Spring, written and premiered during WWII, as a tribute to the volunteer spirit of the volunteer state.
Leonard Bernstein - Three Dance Episodes from On the Town Samuel Barber - Night Flight John Williams - Born on the Fourth of July Maurice Ravel - Concerto for the Left Hand George Butterworth - A Shropshire Lad Aaron Copland - Appalachian Spring Suite