Oct. 9, 2019
"What does it mean for an artist to have an “American” voice?" our guest host, Mark Rheaume, ponders in this very special episode of Hancher Presents. Rheaume is a PhD Candidate in Music Composition at the University of Iowa and he wrote and produced this episode exploring Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's upcoming Hancher program. An ensemble of 13 exceptional musicians—including David Finckel on cello and David Shifrin on clarinet—celebrate the intrepid (and diverse) American spirit in a performance highlighting two pairs of composers who helped shape classical music in the twentieth century. Harry T. Burleigh was a star student of Dvořák who exposed the Czech composer to American spirituals and was in turn encouraged by Dvořák to perform African American folk music. Two generations later, Copland and Bernstein conceived a clean, clear American sound conveying the wonder of open spaces and endless possibilities. This program will be performed at Hancher Auditorium at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019.