Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director

Appalachian Spring

Friday Festival 2

June 15, 2018

Friday | 8:00 pm | Sarasota Opera House
Tickets from $27 | Seat Layout

The spirit of America resounds in a wide-ranging program showcasing Festival students and faculty artists. French composer Darius Milhaud’s chamber ballet La Creation du monde (The Creation of the World) brings to life an African creation myth through jazz-inspired music. Folk tunes are at the heart of Antonin Dvorak’s American Quintet, composed during his summer in Spillville, Iowa. American composer Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring will be performed in its original version for small ensemble. With memorable melodies like “Simple Gifts” and folk-inspired harmonies, the work is one of Copland’s most beloved creations.


La création du monde, Op. 81 (The Creation of the World)

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and piano; Thomas Robertello, flute; Rebecca Tutunick, flute/piccolo; Nancy Ambrose King, oboe; Chanul Kim, clarinet; Dustin Lin, clarinet; Daniel Fendrick, bassoon; Don Rhynard, alto saxophone; William VerMeulen, horn; Ayano Guiles, trumpet; Aaron Romm, trumpet; Joseph Dubas, trombone; Yoko Kita, timpani; George Nickson, percussion; Zachery DePue, violin; Bing Yang, violin; Nathan Walhout, cello; Dominic Law, bass

Appalachian Spring

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and piano; Thomas Robertello, flute; Eli Eban, clarinet; Frank Morelli, bassoon; Alexander Kerr, violin; Julia Mirzoev, violin; Paolo Dara, violin; Amy Blackburn, violin; Aekyung Kim, viola; Gabriel Napoli, viola; Brinton Smith, cello; Ethan Cobb, cello; Evan Bish, bass

Norwegian Peasant Dances, Op. 72

Jonathan Spivey, piano

String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97 (American)

Zachery DePue, violin; Katherine Arndt violin; Damon Taheri, viola; Halam Kim, viola; Natalie Helm, cello

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