Five dynamic musical compositions make up this festive concert program curated by The Desert Symphony’s Maestro Gary Berkson. Having lived outside the US for thirty years, Berkson, like many other people living away from their native countries, always felt it important to maintain his American identity. Many classical composers, starting in the mid-nineteenth century, felt a similar urge, which led to music that became an entity of its own. Dudley Buck’s Festival Overture on America’s National Air, “The Red Man” from Dwellers in the Western World by John Philip Sousa, Variations on America by Charles Ives, “Saturday Night Waltz” from Rodeo by Aaron Copland, & Pops Hoe-Down by Richard Hayman will inspire a curious listen to what’s American in orchestra music.


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