Gershwin’s An American in Paris

Sat, Feb 3, 2018, 8 PM & Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 2 PM
Part of the series TŌN at the Fisher Center

at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater
in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

  • Conducted by James Bagwell
    associate conductor of The Orchestra Now
  • Jennifer Higdon blue cathedral
    Gershwin An American in Paris
    Schumann Symphony No. 2

MORE ABOUT THE MUSIC

Jennifer Higdon blue cathedral
“This piece associates memories with music. The ethereal beauty in the orchestration brings personal emotions to the forefront.” –Kelly Mozeik, oboe

Gershwin An American in Paris
“This piece is so lively, hazy, excited, and characteristically French. It’s such a fun piece to listen to.” –Regina Brady, oboe

Schumann Symphony No. 2
“I wasn’t surprised to learn that Schumann wrote this while he was struggling with sickness. It begins with a foreboding fanfare from the distance, with melancholy throughout the piece until the 4th movement, where he phrases his longing for life and recovery.” –Szabolcs Koczur, trumpet

TIMINGS & CONCERT ORDER

Brief remarks by TŌN musician Alana Shannon

Jennifer Higdon blue cathedral
13 min

Brief remarks by TŌN musician Gabe Cruz

George Gershwin An American in Paris
18 min

Intermission
20 min

Brief remarks by TŌN musician Paul Nemeth

William Schumann Symphony No. 2
38 min

All timings are approximate.

MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS

JAMES BAGWELL, conductor
James Bagwell maintains an active international schedule as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music. He was most recently named associate conductor of The Orchestra Now (TŌN) and in 2009 was appointed principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. From 2009–15 he served as music director of The Collegiate Chorale.