State University of New York Geneseo
1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454
The Geneseo Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Gerard Floriano, will be presenting a concert of symphonic masterworks. On the program will be Aaron Copland’s Outdoor Overture, and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”.
While stylistically diverse, these two works both owe their existence to a similar theme: the search by late 19th and early 20th century composers for an authentic, American music.
Copland’s overture, a buoyant, invigoratingly open-air piece, was written in 1938 for performance at the High School of Music and Art in New York City. The piece was composed based upon a request from the school’s orchestra director, Alexander Richter, for a composition to begin the institution’s long-term plan to concentrate on “American music for American Youth.”
Dvorak’s iconic work serves as a major milestone in the validation of American—or “New World”—music and lore as source material for classical composition. Written while Dvořák was living and working in New York City, the symphony purportedly incorporated the composer’s reflections on his American setting. The piece premiered at Carnegie Hall on December 16, 1893.
Admission is free.