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The Spirit of Copland on Now Is the Time

The spirit of Copland looks over Now Is the Time, Saturday, November 14th at 9 pm. It would be the 115th birthday of the son of Lithuanian immigrants, the son of Brooklyn, who, more than any other composer, defined what is “American” in American music. We think that there is at the very least a little of his spirit in the works on today’s show. 

We open with Jennifer Higdon’sFanfare Ritmico for orchestra, and proceed to an octet Michael Whalen calls The Circles of a Swallow.

Jonathan Bailey Holland’s glowing Halcyon Sun provides counterpoint to Ben Hjertmann’s spare, incisive piano writing in On the Drawing of Constellations. Composer/cellist Clancy Newman closes the program with the fiddle-tune energy of his piano trio, Juxt-Opposition.

Jennifer Higdon: Fanfare Ritmico
Michael Whalen: The Circles of a Swallow
Jonathan Bailey Holland: Halcyon Sun
Ben Hjertmann: On the Drawing of Constellations
Clancy Newman: Juxt-Opposition

Every Saturday night at 9 Eastern, Kile Smith hosts Now Is the Time, new American classical music on WRTI’s all-classical stream. Thanks for supporting American contemporary music on WRTI!