Concert 4: The Jazz Age
February 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Denver First Church of the Nazarene
3800 E. Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
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William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony
Duke Ellington: Black, Brown and Beige
George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Suite
arr. Calvin Custer: A Salute to the Big Bands
As much as dance music has influenced the symphony, the modern orchestra would be monochromatic without the influence of American Jazz. This program features an all-star lineup of some of the greatest works that migrated into the symphonic concert hall. William Grant Still used “longing, sorrowful, humor, voodoo, lament, and aspiration” to describe his Afro-American Symphony. From spiritual to swing, Duke Ellington’s timeless Black, Brown, and Beige sings the struggles, triumphs and emergence of the black experience in America. George Gershwin’s operatic blues, syncopations, spirituals and reveries from Porgy and Bess are arranged as a suite by his longtime Hollywood collaborator Robert Russell Bennett, which includes “Clara, Clara,” “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’” and “Oh Lord, I’m on My Way.”