SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Novelette, Op. 52, No. 1, A Major
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR/DWORKIN: The American Rhapsody: Symphonic Variations on an African Air
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 "From the New World"
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Aaron Dworkin, spoken word
The centerpiece of this exciting program, The American Rhapsody, is a multi-layered tribute to the courage, freedom and commitment of George Washington. The first President’s words are brought to life though his speeches and writings as spoken by MacArthur Fellow Aaron Dworkin and set to the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The program opens with Coleridge-Taylor’s Novelette, a sprightly waltz inspired by Robert Schumann, and closes with one of the world’s most popular symphonies, Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”, which was heavily influenced by African-American and Native-American music.