This program begins and ends with Aaron Copland: first, his brassy and familiar Fanfare for the Common Man; finally, his reverent portrait of Abraham Lincoln, featuring text from Lincoln’s speeches narrated by Chris Christoffersen. Brilliant saxophonist Steven Banks brings his “pristine clarity” and “emotional heat” (Herald Times) to Alexander Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto. Florence Price is celebrated as the first Black woman to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra; here we perform the expansively emotional second movement from her String Quartet No. 2, arranged for string orchestra by Peter Oundjian.
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Steven Banks, saxophone
Chris Christoffersen, narrator
Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man
Florence Price, String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor (1935) (Movement 2), arr. Peter Oundjian
Alexander Glazunov, Saxophone Concerto in E-flat Major, Op. 109
Jacques Ibert, Concertino da Camera
Aaron Copland, Lincoln Portrait