Pops concert celebrates ingenuity, diversity of American music
By Linda Holderness
This year, the Folsom Symphony’s annual pops concert will celebrate the diversity and ingenuity of American composers. Titled “Made in America,” the performance will run for two nights, May 17 and 18 at Three Stages, in response to the high demand for tickets in previous years.
Since the symphony’s season schedule was published, new pieces have been added to the evening’s repertoire.
In addition to her scheduled performance of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto (1st mvt.), guest, violinist Dawn Harms also will play the world premiere of “Prayed in America” by Peter B. Allen. Allen, a San Francisco-based composer, wrote the piece especially for Ms. Harms and this concert. In a note to the symphony board, he described the music as a blending of African and European musical traditions, “what feels American to me.”
Barber’s Violin Concert, one of the most-often-performed 20th-century concertos, premiered in Philadelphia in 1941. The lyrical first movement, written in sonata form, begins immediately with the solo violin without an orchestral introduction.
The evening’s repertoire also features “Four Dance Episodes” from Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo,” John Williams’ “Schindler’s List” and “E.T.,” selections from “Wicked” and “Chicago” and other songs that made America great, highlighted by the “Armed Forces March.”
The Folsom High School Chamber Singers will join the orchestra to provide the vocal accompaniment to “Hymn to the Fallen” from “Saving Private Ryan,” another Williams piece.
“Made in America” will be performed for two nights, Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Three Stages theater on the Folsom Lake College campus. You can buy tickets online at folsomsymphony.com or call (916) 608-6888 or visiting the Folsom Lake ticket office on the Folsom Lake campus.