appalachian   spring

an updating the famous production made by aaron copland & martha graham

 

The Guild Dance Company, in collaboration with the Reno Chamber Orchestra & Auburn Symphony Orchestra, presents an update on the famous work created by Aaron Copland and Martha Graham reflecting what American life and people look like now, taking the melting pot of America and presenting it in dance and storytelling.

Two performances:

 November 20 & 21 @ Acro Enso  - Reno, NV

April 3 @ Federal Way Performing Arts Center - Federal Way, WA

About the Work 

 

Commissioned and choreographed by the legendary Martha Graham, Appalachian Spring was first performed in 1944 and offered idealism and inspiration for post-war Americans with its story of 19th-century pioneers. The score by Copland, which features a set of variations on the Shaker tune Simple Gifts, quickly came to be considered the sound of Americana.

 

Using the original narrative as a springboard, Alex will inhabit his new Appalachian Spring with individuals representing the diversity of the United States today. Six characters, with all their hopes and dreams, will see their paths cross. One’s journey will influence another’s, and together they will celebrate their pride, community, shared love, and common understanding.

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photo by Stuart Murtland

photo by Stuart Murtland

RENO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

REI HOTODA - Guest Conductor

 

JAMES BROWN - Stage Director

THOM MAYES - Executive Director

SOON CHO - Vocal Soloist

DAMIEN GETER - Vocal Soloist

 

 

AUBURN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

 

WESLEY SCHULTZ - Director/Conductor

 

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MUSIC

Reno Chamber Orchestra

Voices of a Nation

Trouble In Tahiti

Leonard Bernstein

Soon Cho - mezzo-soprano

Damien Geter - bass-baritone

Dancers: Prasti Purdum, Alex Ung

Trio: Albert Lee - tenor, Katherine Parker - soprano, Philip Harris - baritone

Appalachian Spring (for 13 instruments)

Aaron Copland

Auburn Symphony Orchestra

American Composer Program

Grand Pianola Music

John Adams

Appalachian Spring (for 13 instruments)

Aaron Copland

THE DANCERS

ALEX UNG

PRASTI PURDUM

KELLI CARNES

MEGAN SELLMAN

VERA DRUMMOND-MOORE

ALEXANDER CASTRO

rehearsals master

Juliet Pruzan

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