CUSO’s season finale is a celebration of scintillating rhythms, beginning with George Gershwin’s brilliant symphonic tone poem, An American in Paris. The program also features soulful and syncopated music for strings from Sinfonietta No. 1 by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. CUSO is thrilled to welcome the immensely talented pianist Rochelle Sennet, performing Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm Variations. For the grand finale, CUSO performs Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky’s iconic Pictures at an Exhibition, presented with a movie produced for CUSO by Shatterglass Studios. Enjoy the scenic journey featuring photography by Larry Kanfer and Karyl Wackerlin, with 970 photos of scenes from Champaign-Urbana, central Illinois, and around the world, including Italy, Normandy, Africa, Austria, China, and Peru.
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Perkinson: Sinfonietta No. 1
II. Song Form, III. Rondo
Gershwin: I Got Rhythm Variations
Mussorgsky, arr. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition