Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, Neal Hampton, Conductor
November 23, 2013
The fall concert will feature a performance of Amy Beach’s “Gaelic Symphony,” the first symphony by an American woman. Beach was an important turn-of-the-century Boston composer along with Arthur Foote, George Chadwick, and John Knowles Paine. The symphony draws from traditional Irish-Gaelic melodies, tapping into a rich heritage that had been part of the American musical mainstream for at least a century and that by the 1890s was assimilated into the new genre called popular music.