Marin Alsop, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello
Kwame Kwei-Armah, narrator
Jonathan Leshnoff: Dancin' Blue Crabs (BSO Centennial Celebration Commission, World Premiere)*
Barber: Symphony No. 1
Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Dvořák: Cello Concerto
American Classics. Marin Alsop, a champion of American music, pairs Samuel Barber’s unabashedly Romantic First Symphony with Copland’s dramatic evocation of the nation’s 16th President, narrated by Baltimore’s own Kwame Kwei-Armah. And the greatest concerto in the cello literature, an exquisite tribute to a dying first love, was also written in America, after the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák moved here from his native Moravia. Johannes Moser brings this concert to a rousing conclusion.
Ten American composers have each composed a short celebratory work to be presented during the Centennial season. These include TJ Cole, Kristen Kuster, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Caroline Shaw, Joan Tower, James Lee III, Jonathan Leshnoff,Christopher Rouse and Christopher Theofanidis. Chosen themes for the commissions include: fanfare for the uncommon woman, earth, death of Poe and dancing blue crabs. These Celebration Centennial works have been commissioned for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.
*Commissioned for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program. Also made possible by a grant from New Music USA through a generous contribution from Thomas Brener and Inbal Segev, and additionally supported by the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Randolph S. and Amalie R. Rothschild Endowed Fund for New Music.