The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra presents American Rhapsody | The music







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Aaron Dworkin, narrator


GREENSBORO, North Carolina (03/08/2022) – Exploring music inspired by a land of vast geographic and cultural diversity, with an equally immense and complicated history, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (GSO) is thrilled to announce American Rhapsody at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts at 8:00 p.m. on April 02, 2022, made possible by the Tannenbaum Sternberger Foundation! With Duke Ellington’s The River Suiteand The American Rhapsody with music by Samuel Coleridge Taylor and narration by Aaron Dworkin, the program will also include the timelessSymphony No. 9 “From the New World” by Antonin Dvorak.

A 2005 MacArthur Fellow, President Obama’s first appointment to the National Arts Council, and Governor Snyder’s appointment to the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Aaron P. Dworkin served as Dean of the School of Music, Drama, and Drama from the University of Michigan. Dance (ranked among the top performing arts schools in the nation). Dworkin is a spoken word artist with a current national tour of his American Rhapsody with a national orchestral consortium. His visual digital art project, fractured history, has been exhibited in several galleries and museums to rave reviews. Additionally, Dworkin is a successful social entrepreneur who founded The Sphinx Organization, the leading arts organization whose mission is to transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

The program begins with the work of the great American composer Duke Ellington, best known for his jazz career and one of the greatest big band musicians of all time. from Ellington The River Suitea poetic celebration of the Mississippi River, premiered in 1970 to accompany a ballet by Alvin Ailey. The American Rhapsody is a work of Samuel Coleridge Taylor Symphonic Variations on an African Air. The text Aaron Dworkin read is by George Washington, creating a piece that “brings together the words of our white founding father, the music composed by a black man from the nation he fought to free us from, based on a song sung by slaves”.

The program will end with Dvorak’s New World Symphony. This symphony exploded in popularity after its premiere at Carnegie Hall in 1893 and remains one of the most recognizable and beloved symphonies ever written. Dvorak claimed to have drawn inspiration from Native American music and African-American spirituals in his composition.

It is rare that one has the opportunity to discover such a wide range of American-inspired music. Don’t miss the GSO and Aaron Dworkin in American Rhapsody!

About the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra:

Founded in 1959, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra strives to enrich the cultural life of Greensboro and surrounding areas with the highest quality music and music education programs. This non-profit organization impacts tens of thousands of lives each year by presenting concerts, special events, and targeted educational opportunities for students in four North Carolina counties – one of the largest sequels to music education programs among southeastern orchestras.

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