ASO’s first concert of the 2023-24 season opens with William Levi Dawson’s epic Negro Folk Symphony, which premiered nearly 90 years ago to great acclaim. It also features Leonard Bernstein’s 1957 smash musical, West Side Story. Juan Pablo Contrera’s Mariachitlán pays loving homage to the Mexican state of Jalisco, the birthplace of mariachi. Plus – see Auburn School District Mariachi in the lobby before the concert!
Prior to the concert, Dr. Gwynne Kuhner Brown joins us again for an enlightening discussion of the music. Professor of Music at the University of Puget Sound, Dr. Brown has presented her scholarship at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and at the African American Art Song Alliance. Her book on the life and works of William Levi Dawson is soon to be published. Hear her unique insight beginning at 1:30 PM.
Celebrate the musical voices of America with the Auburn Symphony Orchestra! Wesley Schulz conducts.