Rhapsody in Blue

09/17/2016, 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM

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Copland Suite from Appalachian Spring
George Antheil A Jazz Symphony
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2

John Varineau Conductor  |  Ralph Votapek Piano

The beauty of the countryside and the bustle of the city link these colorful opening concerts of the season. Aaron Copland’s beloved ballet celebrates the simple life of Pennsylvania pioneers in the 19th century as they build a house, worship, witness a wedding and love the ‘gift to be simple’. Maurice Ravel’s countryside is in ancient Greece where the shepherd Daphnis woos his beloved Chloe with the help of the god Pan. The excitement of the Jazz Age pulses through the center of the concerts. The original ‘Bad Boy Of Music’ the iconoclastic American George Anthiel caused a minor scandal when his driving, propulsive Jazz Symphony was premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1927. Listening to its jaunty rhythms and off kilter humor today, you wonder what the fuss was about! But if you want to talk about a fuss-Rhapsody in Blue was a sensation at its premiere in 1924-winning Broadway composer George Gershwin near instant concert hall fame and putting American concert jazz music on the map.

View our program notes here.
Tickets start at $18 |  Students $5

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Upbeat, FREE PreConcert Presentations  |  7 pm, DeVos Recital Hall

The guest lecturer will be GRS Associate Conductor John Varineau.
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Series Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Helen DeVos   |   Guest Artist Sponsored by Edith I. Blodgett Guest Artist Fund 
John Varineau occupies the 
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