It’s an all-American program this week! Gershwin’s loving picture of an American out of his element is one highlight, with the lyrical clarinet solo in Samuel Barber’s youthful overture providing another. William Schuman’s Symphony No. 6 was played by the CSO for the first time in these concerts, and all three works were conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

To round out the show, Susanna Mälkki leads two scores by Charles Ives, one that gives voice to notable New England landscape scenes, and one that raises deep existential thoughts, with its insistent trumpet solo.

Barber Overture to The School for Scandal
W. Schuman Symphony No. 6
Gershwin An American in Paris
Originally recorded at concerts on April 17, 18, 19 and 22, 2014

Ives The Unanswered Question
Susanna Mälkki, conductor
Ives Three Places in New England
Susanna Mälkki, conductor
Originally recorded at concerts on Oct. 13, 14, 15 and 18, 2011

This program will be available until July 8, 2017

Program notes for the Barber, Schuman, and Gershwin works can be found here, and those for the Ives pieces may be read here.

Performer Biographies

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Susanna Mälkki, conductor

Photo credit: Victor Mangona

The Violin Concerto by Mason Bates that was performed at the concerts and broadcast on the radio program is not available online because of rights issues.



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