[ Faculty Artist Performance ]

Beach, Bernstein and the American Tradition

Friday, August 10 •  8:00PM •  Music Shed

Dance Suite
Elegy for Mippy II

Piano Trio
Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op 34
Piano Quartet, Op 67

Scott Hartman  trombone,  Melvin Chen  piano,
Wei-Yi Yang  piano, Melissa Reardon  viola,
Raman Ramakrishnan  cello, with Fellows of the Norfolk Festival

Bernstein was an iconic figure in American classical music, in his many roles as composer, conductor, and educator, and would have been 100 this year. His Dance Suite for Brass Quintet was the last work he completed and each movement is named after a choreographer or dancer pal—Baryshnikov, Agnes DeMille, Balanchine, etc. It’s everything you might expect from the composer of West Side Story and On The Town. Elegy for Mippy II is for solo trombone and was written in 1950 for his brother’s dog. Mrs. H.H.A. Beach (her preference) spent much of her life near Boston, wrote the first American symphony by a woman, and had it premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896. Her underrated music serves as an effective closer to this program of distinctly American music.

Come Early for a Pre-Concert Conversation with Paul Berry
7:00PM •  Battell Recital Hall

Join us before the concert for an engaging and enlightening viewpoint on a musical topic related to this evening’s program.

Concert Tickets: $60 – $20, $10 (Young Adults 18-25), and Kids Come Free! (under 18)