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Made in America



19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series O

Grand Mécène



19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series S



Marin Alsop

Alexander Malofeev

John Adams
Fearful Symmetries, for orchestra

George Gershwin
Rhapsody in blue, for piano and orchestra (orchestration Ferde Grofé 1926)

Aaron Copland
Fanfare for the Common Man

Joan Tower
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

Samuel Barber
Symphony No. 1 in One Movement Op. 9

the music

One of today’s greatest conductors who is making her debut at the OSR offers this 100% “Made in America” program. Built around George Gershwin's Rhapsody in blue, it will introduce us to the Fearful Symmetries that John Adams wrote in 1988, drawing inspiration from cartoons and music for silent films, in a parodic spirit assumed to be taken literally. The Fanfare for the Common Man was commissioned to Aaron Copland on the United States' entry into the war to be played at the start of every concert during that period. Dedicated to Marin Alsop, the Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman is composer Joan Tower's feminine response to Copland's work, from which she borrows the instrumentation. Samuel Barber composed his Symphony No. 1 in 1936, dedicating it to the companion of his life, the composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Inspired by Sibelius' Symphony No. 7, also in a single movement, it is based on three themes which retain their own character throughout the score in an immediately accessible neo-romantic language.

the venues

OSR Live

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Maurice Ravel


Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 15 November 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva