5301 Tuckerman Ln
Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore
Gershwin, Price & Beethoven
Piotr Gajewski, conductor
Michelle Cann, piano
NatPhil’s 2023-2024 Season begins with a trio of enchanting works conducted by Maestro Piotr Gajewski, transporting listeners from the height of the Jazz Age to a pastoral countryside. Sensational pianist Michelle Cann opens the concert with Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin’s iconic fusion of classical and jazz styles, followed by the rich melodies and rhythms of Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement, which beautifully blends classical and African American musical traditions.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6—the “Pastoral Symphony”—celebrates the beauty of the natural world in five movements that usher audiences through the countryside, painting vivid imagery of a babbling brook, a crashing thunderstorm, and the people that coexist with nature.
George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue
Florence Price, Piano Concerto in One Movement
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)