Emperor Concerto with David Deveau
March 15, 2014
Ronald Feldman, Music Director
David Deveau, piano
George Gershwin: Girl Crazy Suite
William Grant Still: Symphony No. 2, "Song of a New Race"
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"
The LSO presents works by two important American composers alongside a Beethoven masterwork. Through his 1930 musical Girl Crazy, George Gershwin introduced the world to songs including "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You;" Leroy Anderson’s orchestral suite features these and other from Gershwin’s Tin Pan Alley classic. A contemporary of Gershwin, William Grant Still—considered the "dean" of African-American composers—utilized jazz and blues harmonies to depict a vision of an integrated society in “Song of a New Race.” The program closes with Beethoven’s virtuosic “Emperor” Concerto, featuring famed Boston pianist David Deveau.
This concert benefits Pathways to Wellness, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to providing equal access to high quality holistic care including acupuncture, shiatsu, and Chinese herbs. Within a compassionate and empowering environment, Pathways provides complementary therapies for clients as an adjunct to their Western medical care. Working in partnership with community health centers and organizations, Pathways promotes a continuum of care for clients in body, mind, and spirit.