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School of Music, Theatre & Dance pres.

University Symphony Orchestra

Kenneth Kiesler, conductor
Maria Schleuning, violin
Jolyon Pegis, cello

This USO concert features stage and film music of Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, and the world premiere of Partners, a commissioned piece for solo violin and cello by David Amram, known for his work with Dizzy Gillespie, Langston Hughes, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson. Amram enjoyed a longtime collaboration with writer Jack Kerouac, having performed more than 30 times at The Ark in Ann Arbor. Now age 88, Amram is the composer of more than 100 chamber music and orchestral works and the film scores of The Manchurian Candidate and Splendor in the Grass. He was the first resident conductor of the New York Philharmonic, under Bernstein. The three movements of Partners are Woody and Pete (Woody Guthrie & Pete Seeger), Prez and Lady Day (Lester Young & Billie Holiday), and Machito y Celia (Machito Grillo & Celia Cruz). Frequent collaborators with many of today’s leading composers, soloists Maria Schleuning and Jolyon Pegis are members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

PROGRAM: Bernstein- West Side Story Overture; David Amram- Partners (Double Concerto for Violin and Cello and Orchestra, world premiere); Copland- Our Town; Bernstein- On the Waterfront


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