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May 19, 2019

Classical VI: Made in America

featuring
Benjamin Hochman
  • Britten – An American Overture
  • Bartok – Piano Concerto no. 3
  • Dvorak – Symphony no. 9

We’re wrapping up our 43rd season with a tribute to music composed in America by visiting composers!

Pianist Benjamin Hochman joins us for an incredible musical celebration of the beauty of the American dream. Born in Jerusalem, Hochman has travelled the world as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Now, he brings his eloquent style and colorful artistry to our corner of the world!

We begin with Benjamin Britten’s American Overture. Originally commissioned in 1941 as “An Occasional Overture” by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the piece features a stately quality and open intervals in the style of Copland to capture Britten’s impression of America.

We follow with Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, written after his immigration to the U.S. as a birthday gift for his wife, which likely explains the light and folksy nature of the piece.

We end the season with the sublime “New World” Symphony by Antonín Dvořák. Brimming with spiritual melodies, Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony is the composer’s most popular symphony and, arguably, one of the most popular symphonies ever composed.

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