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The Golden Age

Marlene’s Musings
October 7, 2019

What do all these pieces have in common?

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Kurt Weill/Bertold Brecht: Threepenny Opera
Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein: Showboat
Copland: Symphony No. 1

1. All were written during a 10-year period of great cultural shift in America – between 1919 and 1929
2. All the composers were in their 20s
3. Each of these pieces broke the mold of what had come before
4. All will be performed on October 13 at Wayzata Community Church at 3 pm

Maria Jette, Bradley Greenwald and Daniel Chouinard – all vital threads in the fabric of Twin Cities culture – will sing, act, discuss, play the piano and accordion to illuminate this remarkable time of upheaval in America.

During this 10-year period, the 18th Amendment (prohibition of intoxicating liquors) and the 19th Amendment (right to vote for women) were passed. It was the dawn of radio and jazz was taking hold as America’s musical voice.

Please join us on October 13. You will leave smarter than when you arrived, you will be amazed by the creative artistry of our soloists and you will be telling your friends that the WSO is the finest community orchestra in Minnesota! I hope you will be there to take it all in.

Concert is free, parking is free, coffee and treats are free at our meet-and-greet reception.

See you there!
– Marlene

Tag Archive for: Bradley Greenwald

Gershwin and the Roaring Twenty-Somethings

This program will showcase the creative powers of our guest artists – all superstars of the Twin Cities’ arts scene. They will write and enact a script to depict an important time of change in American culture and music during the period from 1919 to 1929. As jazz continued to expand, so did the importance of radio. In addition, many of the most famous artists of the time were in their 20s: George and Ira Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington and Kurt Weill. It was the Golden Age!

Program:
Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein/ arr. Rosario Bourdon: Selections from Showboat
Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 1
Kurt Weill/Bertold Brecht: selections from Threepenny Opera
Gershwin/arr. Ferde Grofé: Rhapsody in Blue

Guest Artists:
Maria Jette, soprano
Bradley Greenwald, baritone
Daniel Chouinard, piano

Free, no ticket required. Join us for a reception following the concert to meet the musicians.

The 2019-20 WSO concert season is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.