Trail-blazing pianist Awadagin Pratt brings a delightful mix of old and new with a keyboard concerto by Baroque master Bach and Rounds by Jessie Montgomery—a work both energetic and contemplative, written specifically for Pratt, who improvises the conclusion. Teddy Abrams conducts the overture to his own rap-opera about American boxing legend Muhammad Ali, while Copland’s orchestral suite from his ballet Appalachian Spring tells another story of the American dream—a young frontier couple working together toward a brighter future.
Join us for a pre-concert chat about the evening’s program with Assistant Conductor Matthew Straw joined by guest artists and symphony musicians, held 45 minutes prior to the performance start time in the First Tier Room.
Complete a Behind the Music card found at the tables and bring it to the gift shop for a discount and to enter a drawing for free tickets.
BACH: Keyboard Concerto in A Major
JESSIE MONTGOMERY: Rounds for Piano and String Orchestra
TEDDY ABRAMS: Overture to The Greatest
COPLAND: Appalachian Spring