Treat your valentine to an evening of American music culminating in George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Instead of the 3 B’s — Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, we have the 3 G’s — Gershwin, Glass, Gould. As familiar as Gershwin’s music is, you will be surprised by two works that are equally entertaining and, at times, treat the orchestra like a jazz band. The Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet joins the JSO for this celebration of American music.
Morton Gould | American Symphonette No. 2
Philip Glass | Concerto for Saxophone Quartet (Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet – Russell Peterson, soprano; Marco Albonetti, alto; Carrie Koffman, tenor; Yiannis Miralis, baritone)
George Gershwin | Girl Crazy Overture
George Gershwin | An American in Paris
Leonard Bernstein | Overture to Candide
Fazil Say | Violin Concerto “1001 Nights in the Harem” Michigan Premiere (Jason Mellow, violin)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov | Scheherazade, op. 35