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Aaron Copland ([portrait of aaron copland])

National Symphony Orchestra: Composer Portrait: Copland

This fascinating concert biography explores the music and life of Aaron Copland, one of the most popular American composers of all time.

  • May 1 - 3, 2008
  • Concert Hall
  • Approx. 2 Hours
  • $20.00 - $80.00
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About

Few figures in American music loom as large as Aaron Copland. From Appalachian Spring and Billy the Kid to Rodeo, the Clarinet Concerto, and Fanfare for the Common Man, he captured the essence of the American spirit like no other composer. 

In this thrilling concert retrospective of Copland's life and work, the NSO explores his many musical gifts and the lasting impact they've had on our national heritage. Conducted by NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin--and with on-stage commentary by author Martin Goldsmith complemented with projected photos--the program moves from excerpts of some of Copland's most significant works to complete performances of two masterpieces: Music for a Great City is his soaring evocation of Manhattan from the classic 1961 film Something Wild--and his immensely popular Lincoln Portrait features Abraham Lincoln's own words, including extracts from the Gettysburg Address, as narrated by Corey Parker Robinson (HBO's The Wire).

An AfterWords post-concert discussion with the co-hosts follows each program, free with your concert ticket.

Program and Notes

All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

Group of 20 or more? Group Sales offers special terms and discounts for most performances.

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