MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – Pierre Jalbert, acclaimed Copland House resident composer and BBC MasterPrize winner, will return to the Copland House at Merestead, with music from John Harbison and Ned Rorem.
They will perform in a program called ”Songs America Loves to Sing,” uniting past and present, American and non-American music, it journeys across 150 years of the nation's rich musical legacy, reaching back into the 19th century and forward to just-completed compositions.
The North American soil has been fertile ground for iconic folk songs that have defined our cultural identity and inspired generations of composers. This wide-ranging program, takes its name from 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winner Harbison's epic ”Songs America Loves to Sing,” which is built upon such traditional tunes, hymns, and spirituals as “Amazing Grace,” “We Shall Overcome,” “Aura Lee,” “Ain't Goin' to Study War No Mo',” and even “Happy Birthday.”
Jalbert returns for a performance of his stunning “Crossings,” a Copland House commission, in which he deconstructs a French-Canadian folk song that nostalgically muses on the continental migration of Acadians south to the U.S. For good measure, 1976 Pulitzer Prize-winner Rorem's breezy “Bright Music” is comprised not only of songs but also dances and hazy vignettes of Picasso and Chopin.
The event will take place on Sunday, March 15 at Copland House at Merestead, 455 Byram Lake Road, Mount Kisco. Tickets cost $25, $20 for Friends of Copland House, $10 for students. The event includes a Q&A, and post-concert, a meet-the-artists reception. Space is limited; advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. For tickets, visit http://www.coplandhouse.org/events-and-tickets/ or call 914-788-4659.
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