Breaking Ground

Monday, January 13, 2020

7:30 PM

Society of the Four Arts

1 hour and 50 minutes

Program Notes

© 2019 Aaron Grad

Authentic American music has always been grounded in local culture and history, whether it is Copland’s iconic ballet score depicting humble pioneers, or a recent meditation by Augusta Read Thomas on the experiment that launched the nuclear age. Even the “pure” music of Mozart and Mendelssohn leans on the past to chart a path forward, as can be heard in their late masterpieces that went back to Bach and beyond to redefine the symphony and the concerto for generations to come.

Concert Highlights

  • Music Director Gerard Schwarz conducts the Palm Beach Symphony orchestra at the Society of the Four Arts.
  • World renowned violinist Chee-Yun performs Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, his last large orchestral work and one of the most frequently performed violin concertos in history.
  • Originally a ballet, Copland's Appalachian Spring has come to epitomize him and the American Voice in classical music.


Featured Artists

Gerard Schwarz, Music Director

Chee-Yun, violin

What You'll Hear