Dvorak's Cello Concerto
Marin Alsop, conductor Johannes Moser, cello Kwame Kwei-Armah, narrator
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.
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