Thursday, 8:00 PM
As has so often been the case, New York City is a well-spring for so much of American culture. It is the birth place of the likes of George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Stephen Sondheim, and Jerome Kern. Since its founding in 1842, the New York Philharmonic has been central to America’s musical life: they gave the first performance of Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Mahler conducted the orchestra in the U.S. premiers of some of his symphonies. Continuing this legacy, under the direction of its home-grown music director (Alan Gilbert is the son of two Philharmonic violinists), the Philharmonic features works by three American composers on Thursday’s broadcast: Charles Ives, Leonard Bernstein, and Christopher Rouse. The soloist is (not from New York, but Indiana) Joshua Bell.
See video of Christopher Rouse discussing his piece.