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Rhapsody in Blue

November 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Rhapsody in Blue

With Michelle Cann and an Aaron Copland Journey

A celebration of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, on the centenary of its world premiere, and of the pioneering Black American composer, Florence Price.

Bob Lowden:  Armed Forces Salute

Florence Price:  Piano Concerto in One Movement (1934)

George Gershwin:  Rhapsody in Blue (1924) with Michelle Cann, piano


Aaron Copland:  Symphony No. 3 showcasing “Fanfare for the Common Man” theme

A Memo from the Maestro: Come join us as we celebrate the centenary of the first performance of a true American classic, a piano concerto that changed the world:  George Gershwin’s amazing RHAPSODY IN BLUE!  Michelle Cann will bring her brilliance and charm on a welcome return visit to La Crosse, in which she’ll also perform the La Crosse premiere of the Piano Concerto of the unjustly-neglected composer Florence Price, a central figure in the Black Chicago Renaissance of the 1930s and 40s.  Composed within a decade of each other, these two one-movement masterpieces make a perfect American pair.  And to end the evening — and back by popular demand — our Maestro presents yet another beautiful Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3.  culminating in Copland’s magnificent full-orchestra rendering of his immortal “Fanfare for the Common Man” — an evening not to be missed!


November 16
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


La Crosse Symphony Orchestra
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Viterbo Fine Arts Center
929 Jackson Street
La Crosse, WI 54601 United States
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