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For immediate release
October 30, 2000
Laura Gross, NPR

NPR Presents Aaron Copland Week
Programs to feature Charles Osgood and Scott Simon
November 12 - 18, 2000

Washington, DC-This November, National Public Radio® (NPR®), celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of musical genius Aaron Copland with a weeklong series of concerts and documentary specials. To commemorate the Copland centennial, radio and television personality Charles Osgood hosts several of the programs and Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday® from NPR News, narrates one live broadcast. Aaron Copland is "America's Composer," a brilliant man whose musical style continues to resonate across America - in television commercials, movie soundtracks, dance theatres, and concert halls. In order to honor Copland's work, NPR has gathered some of America's finest artists and ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, to perform both Copland's zippiest miniatures and grandest symphonic expressions.

Broadcast days and times of the Specials mentioned below vary in each city. Please contact your local NPR member station for details or visit for more information.

The Aaron Copland Centennial Concert Tuesday, November 14, 2000 (Broadcast times may vary in different cities) Direct from the site of the premiere of Aaron Copland's most famous work, fans will be able to listen to a live concert and commentary on the Internet at The NPR concert will be broadcast worldwide from Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, the site of the premiere of Copland's Pulitzer Prize-winning composition Appalachian Spring. Talk of the Nation® from NPR News and Performance Today® (PT®) from NPR will team up to broadcast the two-hour program. The presentation will include interviews, performances, and commentary providing context and meaning to the life and legacy of Aaron Copland. Juan Williams, host of Talk of the Nation from NPR News and Fred Child, new PT weekday host will host the first hour of the special program as part of Talk of the Nation. Child will host the second hour of the concert for a special edition of PT. Concert performances will feature the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the United States Marine Band, and other special guest artists in a program of classic works by Copland, as well as a special NPR centennial commission of a new orchestral arrangement of Copland's Midday Thoughts.

Copland Live Tribute Concert: Scott Simon with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Saturday, November 18, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. EST NPR's Copland tribute continues with a live broadcast and audio stream on NPR's Web page ( on Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 8:00 p.m. EST from the acoustic splendor of the gleaming New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

This live broadcast is an all-Copland concert by the acclaimed New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Zdenek Macal. It includes three of Copland's most enduring works: the Suite from Appalachian Spring, the stirring Lincoln Portrait, (narrated by Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday from NPR News) and the mighty Third Symphony, sometimes dubbed The Great American Symphony. NPR host and Symphony magazine editor Melinda Whiting, along with Time magazine critic and Performance Today commentator Terry Teachout are hosts.

Aaron Copland, Citizen-Composer - A Copland Portrait (Please contact your local NPR member station for day and time of broadcast.) This NPR produced one-hour documentary, hosted by NPR host and Symphony magazine editor Melinda Whiting reviews Aaron Copland's paradoxical life. Copland was respectful of the great European traditions, but he embraced the music and culture of America. As a Jewish, homosexual, liberal New Yorker, he created an American musical language understood by many. This documentary explores the singularly complex man behind the appealing music.

The Copland Century: Five One-Hour Specials Hosted by Charles Osgood (Please contact your local NPR member station for day and time of broadcast.) During the week of November 13-17, 2000, NPR will offer five one-hour all-Copland concert specials featuring some of Copland's most treasured compositions. At the center of these broadcasts will be concert performances by the New York Philharmonic, recorded exclusively for this series by NPR, as well as commentary by Copland himself, drawn from the NPR archives. The series is hosted by Charles Osgood, two-time Peabody Award winner, pianist, and host of CBS Sunday Morning and The Osgood File on CBS Radio. The Copland Century specials will feature: Patriotic Copland, Classic Copland, The Young Copland, Copland in the City/Copland in the Country, and Copland for Dancers.

Five Copland Tribute Concerts (Please contact your local NPR member station for day and time of broadcast.) NPR's tribute week will also include a series of one-hour concert specials, exploring different aspects of Copland's career and musical portfolio. Concerts include, Copland for Chorus, Copland & Koussevitsky, Copland & Bernstein, A Copland Bouquet, and Copland for Winds. These concerts will be broadcast throughout the month of November on NPR member stations.

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