Made in America Festival
July 1, 2005 Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick has inspired artists since it was published in 1851 — including American composer Peter Mennin. In 1952, he wrote a 10-minute piece for orchestra entitled "Moby Dick."
June 30, 2005 David Diamond, who recently passed away, is from a generation of American "romantic" composers whose music fell out of fashion mid-century when a new, more aggressive style of composing came into vogue. We hear the Seattle Symphony perform his Concerto for Small Orchestra.
June 29, 2005 William Schuman spent most of his professional life as a music administrator. But he also found time to write highly imaginative music. We hear his Third Symphony, which features two under-appreciated instruments of the orchestra: the snare drum and the bass clarinet.
June 28, 2005 Over the years, the popularity of Aaron Copland's ballets Appalachian Spring, Rodeo and Billy the Kid — with their tuneful, wide open spaces — have overshadowed some of his earlier works. But today, Performance Today focuses on one of those works, his Symphonic Ode.