UTSA choirs, orchestra to perform American masterworks by Copland, Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland

"Bernstein with Composer, Mentor and Friend, Aaron Copland, at Bernardsville, New Jersey." August 1945. The Leonard Bernstein Collection, ca. 1920-1989, Library of Congress.

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(Nov. 17, 2009)--The UTSA Department of Music will host a concert by the UTSA choirs and orchestra featuring American masterworks by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22 in the Arts Building Recital Hall (2.03.02) on the Main Campus.

In the first part of the program, Associate Professor Eugene Dowdy will conduct the orchestra performing "Four Dance Episodes" from Copland's American classic, "Rodeo."

Professor John Silantien will conduct the second half of the program featuring Bernstein's "Mass" performed by the UTSA Concert Choir, Women's Choir, Orchestra and soloists.

Bernstein's "Mass" premiered in 1971 at the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The piece incorporates a variety of musical elements including jazz and pop.

Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $10, $5 for students, military and senior citizens.

For more information, contact Cindy Solis at 210-458-5685 or visit the UTSA Department of Music Web site.