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08 January 2022
(Texas, USA)

Outlaws and Heroes: New Frontiers
Symphony of the Hills conducted by Gene Dowdy - Cailloux Theater

Program Info:
Alfred Newman – Main Title from “How the west was won”
Aaron Copland – Ballet Suite from “Billy the Kid”
Felix Mendelssohn – Overture “The Hebrides”
Gwyneth Walker – Open the Door
Markewitz, Arr. Phillipe – “The Wild, Wild West”
Arr. Calvin Custer – The American Frontier

This program explores the American drive to seek new frontiers and accomplishments. Composing the film score to “How the West Was Won” earned Alfred Newman, one of America’s most prolific and successful composers, one of his 45 Academy Award nominations. Aaron Copland composed his ballet music to the story of Billy the Kid. The music brings to life the dramatic scenery and action of frontier living. The Western Isles of Scotland brought inspiration to Felix Mendelssohn in his Overture inspired by the Hebrides. Another frontier that is being explored brings us access to outstanding music written by woman composers, such as America’s Gwyneth Walker. Her orchestral work “Open the Door” is an intriguing and energetic piece about access for underrepresented composers to be heard. Growing up in the 60’s, the television Sci-Fi Western series called “The Wild Wild West” was a favorite show. Very clever episodes showed how the latest technology being used back in the frontier days could help foil the bad guys.

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