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Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers
James Lee III: Thurgood's Rhapsody (BSO Centennial Commission, World Premiere)*
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Thomas Adès: Polaris (BSO Premiere)
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2
Performed with its original Martha Graham choreography, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring evokes the wide-open landscape and inherent optimism of American possibility. Ravel’s luxurious, flamboyant orchestral showpiece follows a work by one of the most original and compelling voices of our time, Thomas Adès.
Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Sat, Jun 11, 6:30 pm
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 generous support from New Music USA, 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.