Symphony San Jose presents Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, Ellington at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts – April 2-3, 2022

Duke Ellington – Photo courtesy of Symphony San Jose

Symphony San Jose presents American Masters 

April 2-3

Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein and “Duke” Ellington

Jazz, Blues and Broadway meet Classical Concert Hall

 San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Four composers, whose works defined America in the ‘30s and ‘40s, come together on one grand program: Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and Duke Ellington.

Copland’s expansive, optimistic Appalachian Spring became known as “the quintessential American sound.” In fact, all four composers could stake that claim. Gershwin and Bernstein each gave us a brilliant mix of symphonic music, jazz and Broadway. And Duke Ellington’s stunning reflection on Black history from slavery to the Harlem Renaissance is considered one of the greatest examples of long-form jazz. Drawing on the blues, soaring gospel music, work songs, swing, and more, Ellington created an all-American orchestral masterpiece.


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Conductor: Tito Muñoz – Photo courtesy of Symphony San Jose

Conductor: Tito Muñoz

The Program:  

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring

George Gershwin: An American in Paris

Leonard Bernstein: On the Town (Three Dance Episodes)

Duke Ellington: Black, Brown & Beige

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