The San Francisco Symphony Presents My Classic New World, Honoring American Music
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The last date listed for My Classic New World was Thursday July 22, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from A Genie
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Excellent choice of "New World" (that is, American) music. The guest conductor Alondra de la Perra was very good, and the the pianist, young Charlie Albright was fantastic not only with the wonderful Duke Ellington piece, but also with his unexpected Lizst encore! The tenor was excellent at performing a challenging piece (you try signing it sometime!), all stories, songs, & poems based on late 18th/early 19th century numbers (again, there's that "New World" theme). The second half was not too long - it's a symphony, and a well-known one at that. Sounds to me like our other reviewer was a bit bored and probably not familiar with classical music. The SFS concerts always start at 8 pm and end promptly at 10 pm. Any time Gold Star offers reduced tickets to the San Francisco Symphony, jump at it! SF Symphony is one of the best in the country. Our seats were just fine; as a season subscriber with seats in the Loge, I was very happy with the "rear orchestra seats we randomly assigned.
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This excellent symphony concert had it all: vibrant young conductor, great guest artists, and wonderful music, all focused on America. Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland, and Dvojak's New World Symphony, using American folk music themes. Our seats in...continued
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_"Mi Alma Mexicana _abounds in revelations. That its all-Mexican classic repertoire, which ranges from sedate, 120-year-old, European-influenced salon music to uncommonly savage modern fare, arrives with such wide-eyed freshness and power owes as much to the abundant gifts of 29-year-old conductor Alondra de la Parra as to the artistry of the young members of her 6-year-old Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA)." —San Francisco Classical Voice
Alondra de la Parra, conductor
Lucas Meachem, baritone
Charlie Albright, piano
Ellington (arr. Maurice Peress) — New World A-Comin’
Copland — Selections from Old American Songs
Grofé — Selections from Grand Canyon Suite
Dvořák — Symphony No. 9, New World