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The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

450 West 37th Street

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TCS 2019-20: RISE UP Music that Inspires and Uplifts
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 at 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 at 8:00 PM
HERE TO STAY

PROGRAM
Mike Boyman: World Premiere
Jeremy Crosmer: Masks: A Heroine’s Tale (Mitsuru Kubo, viola; Friday only)
Eric Ewazen: Shadowcatcher for Brass Quintet and Orchestra (Nautilus Brass Quintet; Saturday only)
Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Leonard Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs (Alicia Bennett, clarinet)
George Gershwin: An American in Paris

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Matthew Aubin and Nell Flanders

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$25 for unassigned premium reserved areas within the venue

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The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street
New York, NY

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The Chelsea Symphony opens its fourteenth season RISE UP with the September 20-21 concert series, “Here to Stay,” featuring pieces from the American canon: Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, the three-movement Prelude, Fugue and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein featuring clarinet soloist Alicia Bennett, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

The first half of the concert presents the NYC premiere of Jeremy Crosmer’s Masks: A Heroine’s Tale with Mitsuru Kubo on viola (Friday), the Nautilus Brass Quintet performing Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher (Saturday), and with both concerts in the series opened by a world premiere piece by TCS composer Mike Boyman.

TCS’ season, RISE UP, reflects on music that inspires and uplifts. The upbeat Bernstein big band and clarinet feature was written as a way to bridge the gap between classical music and jazz. It was written in 1949 for clarinetist Woody Hermann but not performed until 1955 on Bernstein’s television program, Omnibus, which served as one of the vehicles for Bernstein’s lifelong exploration of “what is American music.”

Gershwin’s An American in Paris was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in 1928 as a “rhapsodic ballet” (and later expanded into the 1951 film starring Gene Kelly). As the composer said of his work, "my purpose here is to portray the impressions of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city, listens to the various street noises, and absorbs the French atmosphere." Though based on a musical snippet known as “Very Parisienne,” the work has become fully engrained as part of the American idiom.

Fanfare for the Common Man has its roots in WWII but has since become an anthemic call to our sense of humanity, dignity, and the noble cause of a common purpose. Of Copland’s fanfare, composer and world-renowned jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard said, "Whenever I hear it, it stops me in my tracks and makes me reflect on the goodness of man.”

Concert run time: 85-95 minutes including a 15-minute intermission
Concert will be held at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street

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