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Composer Spotlight for Opening Night: Aaron Copland

July 11, 2012

Tonight, we are excited to begin our 2012 Landmarks Festival at the Shell season with Opening Night: All CoplandOur program will feature a One City Choir performing Copland classics. We also will present the first Charles Ansbacher Music For All award to a very special guest. The inaugural recipient is Armand Diangienda, founder and conductor of the Orchestra Symphonique Kimbanguista in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He will be present at the Hatch Shell to receive this prestigious award.

An all Copland program calls for some all Copland history. We hope you enjoy these fun facts about this talented composer provided by Copland House.

  • In 1952, Aaron Copland began working on The Tender Land. The chorus will be performing “The Promise of Living,” 60 years after Copland started working on the opera.
  • The first-ever All Copland program was performed in Mexico in 1932.
  • Copland began composing songs on the piano at the age of nine.
  • Le chat et la Souris becomes Copland’s first published work in 1920.
  • His earliest piece of sheet music dates back to 1911.
  • In 1986, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and the National Medal of Arts by the United States government.
  • Aaron Copland won the Pulitzer Prize in Music and the New York Music Critics Circle Award in 1945 for Appalachian Spring.
We are honored to perform the music of such a talented and influential composer. We hope you will be able to join us for our Opening Night performance at 7 P.M. at the Hatch Shell.
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