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Popular music by famous American composers George Gershwin and Aaron Copland awaits concertgoers as the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra raises the curtain on its 22nd season. The program also features talented student winners of the 2013 Houston Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition.
"American Showcase I" includes Copland's Down a Country Lane, a composition originally commissioned and published by Life magazine to offer piano students quality music. It has since been transcribed for orchestra. Also on the program is Morton Gould's Revival: Fantasy on Six Spirituals.
Besides the music of these late composers, FBSO will perform works from living American composers. Savannah River Holiday by Ron Nelson contrasts the power and serenity of this major river. Also featured are works by Monte Keene Pishny-Floyd of Saskatchewan, Canada.