Many well-known American composers and artists spent time absorbing French culture in the heart of Paris, which profoundly influenced their work. All of the composers on this program spent time in Paris studying their musical craft, and we will explore the distinctive Parisian threads that run through these pieces.

Many of the composers on this program also have another thing in common – Thomson, Copland, and Diamond were all students of Nadia Boulanger, the sister of Lili Boulanger whose work we also perform on this program.

You won’t want to miss renowned local artist Dan Chouinard—who himself has traveled extensively in France—close out our season with Gershwin’s popular jazz-infused Rhapsody in Blue.

Conducted by Derick Rehurek

Works Performed

  • Virgil Thomson, Symphony on a Hymn Tune
  • Aaron Copland, Saturday Night Waltz from “Rodeo”
  • David Diamond, Psalm
  • Lili Boulanger, D’un Matin de Printemps
  • George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue with soloist Dan Chouinard
  • Allen Shawn, Elixir

Dates Performed

  • May 13, 2017
  • May 14, 2017