American Classics

Masters Series

American Classics


2018-12-21 Fri 19:30National Concert Hall 500 800 1200 1600 2000Buy
2018-12-22 Sat 19:30Weiwuying Concert Hall300 500 800 1200 1600 2000Buy
SHAO-CHIA LÜ, conductor
CHO-LIANG LIN, violin

LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Candide Overture
Serenade after Plato's Symposium
AARON COPLAND: Appalachian Spring
GEORGE GERSHWIN: Porgy & Bess: A Symphonic Picture

Three of America's most famous, most popular, most accomplished composers are in the spotlight for this program. It opens with Bernstein's zippy, zany Candide Overture, one of the most often-heard works in the entire classical repertory. Then comes something more serious from Bernstein, his masterful Serenade after Plato's Symposium, a musical evocation of the illustrious dialogue Plato oversees among guests at a dinner party concerning the nature of love in its various forms. Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, music fresh as natural spring water, and an orchestral suite of numbers from that most American of operas, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, complete the program.