Baratlesville, OK, November 06, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Bartlesville Symphony—Made in America
The Bartlesville Symphony under the direction of Lauren Green, Music Director-Conductor, presents a delightful evening of American musical gems on Saturday November 22 at 8 PM. The Bartlesville Community Center will be the setting for this concert featuring perennial favorites as well as seldom-heard musical treats.
Performing with the Bartlesville Symphony will be world-renowned pianist Jeffrey Biegel, who will be performing Gershwin’s beloved Rhapsody in Blue as well as Leroy Anderson’s recently resurrected Piano Concerto in C. Biegel is famous not only for his performances of the standard piano repertoire, but also for exploring new and unusual works, ranging from the contemporary music of Bolcom and Danielpour to works by Keith Emerson and Billy Joel.
“This program will have something for everyone,” commented Green. “While the Gershwin never ceases to please, I know people will simply love Anderson’s concerto, too! Intersperse all the other American miniatures we’ll be playing and you have more hummable tunes than you can remember!”
Keeping with the two major American works on the program, Green has selected a potpourri of other American pieces, all short in length but long on tunefulness and popularity. A number of Leroy Anderson’s favorite numbers will be heard, including Blue Tango, Belle of the Ball, The Typewriter and several others. Additionally, the music of Howard Hanson, Richard Rodgers, Aaron Copland and Stephen Sondheim will be heard, featuring music from Carousel, A Little Night Music, Billy the Kid, and more.
Forming the basis for the concert, however, will be the music of the longtime composer and arranger for the Boston Pops, Leroy Anderson. In this centennial year of Anderson’s birth, the symphony will acknowledge the many, many orchestral tunes that made their way into the musical consciousness of this country during the 50’s and 60’s. Their light classical approach, melding the popular and the serious, is exemplary of a uniquely American musical hybrid that all of the composers on the program attempted to achieve, each in their own style and approach.
To round out the concert, the orchestra will performs several surprise Anderson encores in the same fun-loving fashion with which they were often used to conclude the Boston Pops’ concerts under Arthur Fiedler.
Tickets for the concert are currently available at the Community Center box office, 918-336-2787or online at www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com.
Prior to the concert, the BSO will also be presenting Coffee With the Maestro at Jude’s on Tuesday November 18 at 3 PM, as well as Kids Academy on Saturday November 22 at 12:45 PM at the Community Center. Attendees at both events will have a chance to learn a little more about the program, and the children at the Kids Academy will also get a chance to be onstage with the orchestra during their dress rehearsal.
As always, Maestro Green will host “Upbeat! With Lauren” at 7 PM immediately preceding the concert. For information on these and all symphony events, call the Bartlesville Symphony at 918-336-7717 or go to their website www.bartlesvillesymphony.org.