Today: Michelle Smith Performing Arts 09:00AM - 10:00PM

UMD Symphony Orchestra: Appalachian Spring

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Dekelboum Concert Hall

James Ross, music director
Liz Lehrman, movement design

Trumpet player Avery Boddie with the UMDSOContinuing their exploration of the relationship between movement and music, UMSO musicians will take a choreographic approach to Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. UMD alumna and renowned choreographer Liz Lerman will develop the orchestra’s movements through improvisatory rehearsal technique.

The program also includes Dutilleux’s Métaboles and Gershwin/Bennett’s Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture. Visit the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library to learn more about the pieces and composers featured on this program:

Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring

  • Recordings
  • Scores
  • Film: filmed versions of performances of Appalachian Spring
  • Books about Appalachian Spring
  • Biographies of Aaron Copland
  • Martha Graham: see a filmed version Graham's original choreography for Copland's "Ballet for Martha", the subtitle for Appalachian Spring and read more about about the influential dancer and choreographer in these print resources

George Gershwin, arr. Robert Russell Bennett - Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture

Henri Dutilleux - Métaboles

Some items that may be of interest to fans of Liz Lehrman :

Highlights of the above lists include:

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Archives, 1964-2007
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Lowens Special Collections Room
Call Number: MSCPA 05-112

Held in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library’s Special Collections in Performing Arts, the archives of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange chronicles the company from its inception through the late 2000s. Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, founded by choreographer Liz Lerman in 1976, is based in the D.C./Montgomery County, Maryland area and pursues a broad definition of dance as a multi-disciplinary art form that encompasses movement, music, imagery, and the spoken word. The company’s archives includes the administrative materials of correspondence, reports, meeting materials, pamphlets, notes, publications, and statistics; the production materials of photographs, playbills, flyers, press kits, and contextual information; memorabilia; and video and audio cassettes. This archival material can be accessed by appointment; visit to contact the curator.

Martha Graham: Dance on Film — The Criterion Collection Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections
Call Number: MDVD 618

Martha Graham was a pioneer in the world of modern dance and one of the great artistic forces of the twentieth century. As performer, choreographer, and teacher, Graham was influential on the development of dance all over the world. This film collection provides a rare glimpse into Graham’s teaching methods, narrated by the choreographer herself, in A Dancer’s World (1957), and also includes sections dedicated to her choreography for two full-length ballets Appalachian Spring (1958) and Night Journey (1961.) Originally titled “Ballet for Martha,” Copland’s Appalachian Spring is a celebration of the pioneer spirit and a classic piece of twentieth century orchestral music.

Streaming audio: Check out a playlist featuring works on this program, available through the Naxos Music Library database.