Rhapsody in Blue

November 19, 2016  •  8:00 pm

@ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Daniel Meyer, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

Copland       Our Town
Copland       Billy the Kid
Diamond      Symphony No. 4
Gershwin     Rhapsody in Blue

Ear JoyGershwin’s Towering American Masterpiece

I love to champion American music, and here’s a sample of the finest. Copland’s music from Our Town shows how poignantly he was able to create an American sound. His Billy the Kid bristles with Western drama, complete with a gun fight. Though steeped in European musical forms, David Diamond puts a decidedly American stamp on his Symphony No. 4. And to finish, Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue, jazz-tinged and overflowing with creativity, a perfect document of Gershwin’s playing and composing virtuosity.
Daniel Meyer

Conrad TaoConrad Tao, piano

Conrad Tao has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times. He has been named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.





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