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Mozart, Ravel Highlights Of Symphony Broadcast

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This week's San Antonio Symphony broadcast features quintessentially American music by Aaron Copland, as well as the American influence on the French composer Maurice Ravel. Mozart's final symphony rounds out the program.

Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" helped put the composer on the map; its rustic rhythms were a hit in 1942, and later held up as the epitome of Americana when used in a popular ad campaign, "Beef: It's What's For Dinner."

Next on the program, hear Maurice Ravel's "Concerto In G" for piano and orchestra. George Gershwin took Ravel to Harlem in 1928 to hear “real” American jazz. Ravel came away much impressed by what he had heard, and left America intent on incorporating jazz elements into his G Major Piano Concerto. Polish pianist Ewa Kupiec joins the San Antonio Symphony for the performance.

Finally, Mozart's final symphony, the "Jupiter," closes the program. Ricardo Chavira hosts the show, which was recorded in November, 2012, at the Majestic Theatre. You can hear Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing talk about the program in the below video.

Broadcast Time: Saturday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. on KPAC 88.3 FM
 

Nathan has been with TPR since 1995, when he began working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.” He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media. His reporting and criticism has been honored by the Houston Press Club and Texas Associated Press.