American Masters: The Music of Aaron Copland & Leonard Bernstein

Mar 10 2013 - 3:00pm
About this event
The second concert of Omaha Symphonic Winds’ 2012-1013 Season will be presented on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the Elkhorn High School Auditorium (1401 Veterans Drive, Omaha, NE). The program will be dedicated to the music of master composers Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Aaron Copland (1900-1990) forged a distinctive style of composition that was so influential he has been called the "Dean of American Composers." Among his composition teachers were Rubin Goldmark in New York, and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Copland became best known for his compositions of the 1930s and 1940s including the ballets Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Billy the Kid, and the Fanfare for the Common Man. Copland's Emblems was written for concert band through a commission from Music Educators' National Conference in 1964. For the American Masters concert OSW will perform three of Copland's works, Fanfare for the Common Man, Lincoln Portrait, and "Variations on a Shaker Melody," the last section of Appalachian Spring. OSW will be joined By KETV Senior News Anchor Rob McCartney who will serve as narrator for Lincoln Portrait. McCartney is an experienced musician having played euphonium in high school, and has narrated Lincoln Portrait on several occasions. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) is well known as a conductor and as a composer for serious music as well as hit Broadway musicals. Undoubtedly, his best-known work is West Side Story, but his symphonies and Mass show his skill in the classical genre as well. Bernstein came to public attention in 1943, when he first conducted the New York Philharmonic, substituting at the last moment for an ailing Bruno Walter. In 1944, his musical On The Town opened and gained popularity for his energetic dance scenes choreographed by Jerome Robbins. The pair collaborated a decade later on West Side Story. Bernstein remained an active conductor throughout his life and was a major interpreter of the composer/conductor Gustav Mahler. Omaha Symphonic Winds will perform a suite drawn from Bernstein's musical Candide, Three Dance Episodes from On The Town, and the rollicking overture Slava! written to honor his friend, the Russian cellist Mistislav Rostopovich, on becoming the principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. Omaha Symphonic Winds is a select ensemble of adult musicians whose concerts feature outstanding original band compositions and orchestral transcriptions. OSW was founded in August 2009 and is led by its founder and conductor Dr. William Hall, former Director of Bands at Dana College. The fifty-five member musicians of OSW are drawn from area band directors, music teachers, retired military musicians, and area professionals Tickets for the March 10th concert are $10 adults, $5 seniors and students, and $25 for families of 3 or more. For more information visit or call William Hall at 402.575.8220.
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Elkhorn High School Auditorium
1401 Veterans Drive
Elkhorn, NE 68022
United States
Phone: 402.575.8220