Madison Symphony Orchestra opens the 88th season, marking Maestro DeMain’s 20th anniversary leading the Madison Symphony Orchestra. This weekends performances begins with a program that features the orchestra itself. The first piece to be performed is Aaron Copland’s optimistic Appalachian Spring—his evocation of the American frontier in the early 19th century.
Appalachian Spring was written in 1943-44 for Martha Graham’s dance company, and the ballet premiered in Washington DC on October 30, 1944. The orchestral suite heard at these concerts was written in 1945 and premiered that year by the New York Philharmonic. The Appalachian Spring Suite, or excerpts from it, has been played many times by the Madison Symphony Orchestra—their last performance of the complete suite was in April 1999.