Richard Davis conductor
COPLAND – Fanfare for the Common Man
COPLAND – Appalachian Spring (Orchestral Suite)
ADAMS – Short Ride in a Fast Machine
GERSHWIN – An American in Paris
BERNSTEIN – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of American Showpieces, with a program that is quintessentially American in sound and spirit. Special tribute will be made to Leonard Bernstein, in what would have been his 100th year, by performing the ever-popular Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Copland’s uplifting ballet, Appalachian Spring, tells the story of a couple’s wedding day in a Shaker community, whilst Gershwin’s An American in Paris takes you through the hustle and bustle of Parisienne streets in the 1920s. John Adams’ metronomic masterpiece, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man also feature.