Emerald City Music brings you a night of composers who influenced American music, curating tunes by Dvořák, Coleridge-Taylor, and Ysaÿe in our flagship date-night experience of classical music. This evening will feature one of the nation’s top chamber music institutions in an open bar, “wander-around” concert setting.
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The United States has been greatly enriched by the influences of its many distinguished visitors, including artists who came to perform, create, teach, or simply to be inspired by this country’s natural beauty and welcoming spirit. In a program celebrating America’s imported musical diversity, we will enjoy the sublime music of Dvořák twice, once through his “American” voice in the Sonatina, composed in Spillville, Iowa, and through his quintessentially Czech mode with his iconic Piano Quintet. In between, the stage is shared by the Belgians and English, as we hear the touching “Child’s Dream” by Eugène Ysaÿe, who led the Cincinnati Symphony from 1918-22, and the stunning Piano Quintet by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, who as an Afro-British composer felt a kinship to the Black American folk song tradition, incorporating those tunes into a tapestry of rich orchestration. This experience and admiration was mutual and multiple chapters of the Coleridge-Taylor society were established in the early 1900s by American audiences to promote his music.
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