Peninsula Symphony Performs American Traditions at San Mateo PAC
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Known for his smooth blues-rock sound, two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Kenny Loggins has 12 platinum albums under his belt. He first rose to fame as part of the duo Loggins and Messina before embarking on a meteoric solo career during which he penned and recorded such enduring hits as "Footloose," "Danger Zone," "Celebrate Me Home," I'm Alright" and the Grammy-winning "This Is It." Now in his fourth decade of performing, he's still going strong. His latest album, a Disney collaboration titled All Join In, includes songs for the whole family. It is, as Loggins puts it, "a tasty musical gumbo, full of a lot of colors and flavors." Loggins is also writing yet another chapter in his storied career by teaming with two all-star country musicians to form the trio Blue Sky Riders. Country Music Hall of Famer Gary Burr has written hits for everyone from Conway Twitty to Christina Aguilera, while singer-songwriter Georgia Middleman's songs have been recorded by some of country music's top artists, including Keith Urban, Faith Hill and Martina McBride. Blue Sky Riders released their debut album last year and have already appeared on The Tonight Show and at the prestigious SXSW music fest in Austin. Learn More
- Fanfare for the Common Man, Aaron Copland
- Concert Suite, Gwyneth Walker
- Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”), Howard Hanson
- When Johnnie Comes Marching Home, Roy Harris
- Amber Waves, Morton Gould
- Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin
Thomas Hansen, one of the Bay Area’s most dynamic and distinctive pianists, will perform a jewel of the American repertoire, George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, possibly the greatest fusion of jazz and classical music ever penned. The San Mateo County Times has called Hansen’s playing “fresh, scintillating and lyrical”. A respected teacher, Mr. Hansen serves on the faculties of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Crestmont Conservatory of Music in San Mateo, and the Nueva School in Hillsborough.
Other highlights of the American Traditions program include: the West Coast Premiere of Gwyneth Walker’s “Concert Suite”, Aaron Copland’s stirring tune, the “Fanfare for the Common Man” signifying the strength and sense of purpose of the Greatest Generation of Americans, and Howard Hanson’s Second Symphony, the broad-shouldered, robust statement of Midwestern energy and ardor. The Symphony will also perform several rousing works, Roy Harris’ “When Johnnie Comes Marching Home”, and Morton Gould’s “Amber Waves”. Join the Peninsula Symphony in this celebration of our nation’s musical treasures.