A to Z

December 6 – 7, 1996

Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description The marriage of classical music with American pop might seem an unlikely pairing, but in the hands of these composers it becomes a fertile, exciting union that pushes both pop and classical ahead. Under the baton of new music director Robert Spano, the Brooklyn Philharmonic performs pieces by two classically rooted composers that reverberate with the influences of Motown, big band, and The Beatles, plus works by one rock composer who used classical sounds to anchor the hurly-burly of his own free-form style. John Adams's ingenious The Chairman Dances and Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Louis Andriessen's bustling De Stijl interweave drums, guitars, and violins to make an unpredictable, transcendent, and invigorating blend. The late American rock composer Frank Zappa's Perfect Stranger, whose starting point is fast-paced, electronic sound, brings a Stravinsky-like lyricism and humor to his propulsive fusions. Also on hand: Brooklyn's own long-famous "jukebox for the soul" -- the incomparable Persuasions.

Pre-concert presentation with Robert Spano, Louis Andriessen, and Joseph Horowitz.
Identifier 1996f.00589