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Music of the Heartland

Friday, March 17, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts


Rich Ridenour

GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
COPLAND: Symphony No. 3

Rich Ridenour, piano
Roger Cooper, narrator

In this program of music that defines our country, the CUSO will perform blockbuster favorites of Aaron Copland and George Gershwin’s immortal Rhapsody in Blue, with pianist and entertainer par excellence Rich Ridenour. In a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, a special encore may await you! The moving text and music of Copland’s Lincoln Portrait carry special meaning here in the Land of Lincoln. Many still consider Copland’s Symphony No. 3 the greatest American symphony written to date. Its rugged themes and optimistic rhythms culminate in a dazzling finale based on Fanfare for the Common Man.

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The CUSO is a professional orchestra dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the community by providing symphonic music of the highest caliber through live performances and music education in the schools, the concert hall, and the community.

The CUSO is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.