January 9, 2021 – The symphony’s annual Pops concert for the 20th anniversary season is centered right here at home, with a captivating look at what makes American music unique. With a star-studded line up of American composers and songwriters, they present “An American Songbook” to celebrate some of the great American music-makers of their day. The program’s first half takes on some of the giants of American music, including Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), George Gershwin (Of Thee I Sing), and then an American clarinet concerto, performed by the symphony’s own principal clarinetist Dr. Tamara Raatz, composed by Frank Ticheli. The 2nd movement of the Ticheli concerto is dedicated to the great American composer Aaron Copland. The second half of the program then goes wild with orchestral settings of Johnny Mathis songs, a visit from the Pink Panther, and a conclusion with a dramatic flair—an original setting entitled “An American Anthology”, composed by Dr. Joe Stuessy, with a surprise guest artist that will have everyone on their feet celebrating the king.
Bernstein/Mason – “West Side Story” Selection
Gershwin – Selections from “Of Thee I Sing”
Ticheli – Concerto for Clarinet, “Song for Aaron”
Tamara Ratz, clarinet solo
Arr. Joe Stuessy – A Johnny Mathis Medley
Mancini/Custer – The Pink Panther
Arr. Joe Stuessy – An American Anthology
* Surprise guest artist *
TWO PERFORMANCES ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 AT 6 AND 8:30 P.M.
FOR YOUR SAFETY, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR THE 6 PM PERFORMANCE AT 5:30 PM AND WILL CLOSE AT 7:15 FOR CLEANING BETWEEN PERFORMANCES. DOORS FOR THE 8:30 PM PERFORMANCE WILL OPEN AT 8 PM.
MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED IN THE THEATER AT ALL TIMES UNLESS SEATED.