American Stories

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Jim Rouse Theatre

American Stories

Pieces

Leonard Bernstein - On the Waterfront
Aaron Copland - Lincoln Portrait
Gabriela Lena Frank - La Llorona
George Gershwin - An American in Paris

About the Concert

Four great American composers share a program of very different American stories!

American folk melodies are deftly interwoven into Copland's masterful setting of Lincoln's stirring rhetoric. Marlon Brando's iconic performance as an ex-prize fighter standing up to corrupt union bosses is matched in intensity only by Leonard Bernstein's riveting score. Gershwin's carefree French travel log contains some of his most famous melodies, complete with taxi horns!

Gabriela Lena Frank was born in Berkeley, California to a mother of mixed Peruvian-Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian-Jewish descent, and she explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Her tone poem for viola and orchestra featuring Julius Wirth is inspired by the many myths in Latin America of the female spirit known as La Llorona, or "crying woman."