American composers are on display, including African American trailblazer William Grant Still and Pulitzer Prize-winning Samuel Barber. Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody, often called “Rhapsody in Rivets” for its industrial New York noise, began as a film score and is rife with urban frenzy. Aaron Diehl, a pianist of “individual talent so huge that one day he may extend the jazz tradition” (New York Daily News), performs the Gershwin as well as African American female pioneer composer Florence Price’s Piano Concerto. These concerts continue our celebration of the 1930s, the decade in which the Warner Grand Theater was built.
*Out of the Silence (1939) by William Grant Still will not be available on the rebroadcast of this performance.