Las Vegas Philharmonic

Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM

TICKET PRICES: $30 - $109
VENUE: Reynolds Hall

Pre-concert conversation at 6:30pm in Reynolds Hall featuring Cultural Historian and Curator for Music Unwound / Copland in Mexico, Joseph Horowitz

Donato Cabrera, conductor

COPLAND - Selections from Rodeo
REVUELTAS - Homenaje a Federico García Lorca
COPLAND - El Salón México

YOUR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS Copland in Mexico, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for Humanities and the “Music Unwound” initiative, the purpose of which is to integrate humanities content into live concert performances. Music Unwound will feature performances, lectures, recitals, exhibitions, and similar events in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and other community partners.  The works of American Composer Aaron Copland and Mexican Composer Silvestre Revueltas honors the culture, people and the undeterred spirit of Mexico and the great American Southwest.  Aaron Copland forged a distinctly American style of composition and is referred to as "the Dean of American Composers." His ballet score Rodeo, a tale of a ranch wedding is one of many enduring works. Hoe-Down, the ballet’s finale, is one of the most well-known compositions by any American composer, having been used frequently in movies and television. Copland’s material was famously motivated by his discoveries during trips to Mexico in the 1930’s and he became enamored with composing a piece with a distinctly American voice that honored the culture of the Southwest.  Silvestre Revueltas hailed from a family of artists and was a noted composer, musician and conductor. His Homenaje a Federico García Lorca was written to express outrage that he and many other intellectuals and prolific artists of the era felt about the murder of Spanish Poet, Federico García Lorca at the hands of the fascist militia. Redes, Revueltas’s first film score, concerns the efforts of exploited fishermen to unite and will be shown with the orchestra performing this powerful score live.  Punctuating the evening is Copland’s El Salón México a musical depiction of a raucous dance hall in Mexico City that exemplifies the great influence Mexican musical traditions had on Copland's development as a composer.  This unique program will also incorporate narration and theatrical performance, which brings Copland and Revueltas, and the United States and Mexico together in a fascinating night not to be missed.

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