Copland Rodeo

Signature Symphony

Saturday. Jan 21, 2017
7:30 p.m.

William Still’s integration of the 1930s Jazz culture and Dunbar’s African-American poetry into the era-defining work of Afro-American Symphony crafted a monumental piece, the first composed by an African-American and performed by a major orchestra.

Michael Daugherty’s Gee’s Bend highlights the contemporary masterpiece of the electric guitar in an iconic interweaving of distortion-heavy rock and slow blues amidst orchestral composition. This is classic rock.

Arturo Rodríguez’ Mosaico Mexicano (Oklahoma premiere) is an anthology of three signature styles drawing from the compositions of Moncayo, Chavez and Revueltas, bringing its audience on a journey from mariachi to a serenata, interlaced with signature Mexican Indian melodies.

Aaron Copland’s Rodeo is as western-American as compositions come. Bring your boots, prepare for a hoedown and enjoy an exploration of cowboy culture with a multi-media presentation during the performance and a cultural exhibit in the VanTrease PACE lobby.

An accomplished composer and electric guitarist, D.J. Sparr’s electric style
breaks traditional boundaries and wows audiences across the nation.