American Musical Soundscapes
February 20, 2021
Classic Series III
Johann Strauss II: Greeting to America
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Guest Artist: Gabriela Martinez, Piano Soloist
Our third Classics Series opens with a salute to America! Once again, four vantage points are illustrated through a diverse musical journey. We begin with the internationally famous waltz King, Johann Strauss II, who was famous for writing dance like pieces reflecting his travels. His coming to America salutes our homeland and beginning our concert.
What could be more American and dance-inspired than Aaron Copland’s salute to Martha Graham’s modern ballet, featuring the music of the Appalachian Mountains. No gifts were simpler, yet elegant, than this American homage. Igor Stravinsky began his migration to America through a commissioned piece, Dumbarton Oaks. It was created at the request of prominent musical philanthropist Robert Woods and Mildred Barnes Bliss to celebrate a treasured estate in Washington, DC. Stravinsky’s musical description of the splendid gardens he visited before moving to NYC are the inspiration of this colorful piece.
The opening measures of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue have become a musical icon describing the highlights of his beloved NYC. Blues, jazz, tender melodies all bring us back to Broadway in Manhattan.
Our soloist, Gabriela Martinez, is quickly becoming an internationally acclaimed pianist. Hailing from Venezuela, she has won several international prizes, has played with orchestras around the world and has had pieces written for her premiere solo CD, Amplified Soul.
2 shows: 1pm and 7:30pm
Sponsored by: Rosine McFaddin Wilson
Guest Artist sponsored by: Regina Rogers