ADAMS: The Chairman Dances
GERSHWIN: Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
STILL: Out of the Silence for Piano and Strings
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
A new season beckons and we greet it with a program of delicious works by Adams, Gershwin, Still, and Beethoven. Ankush Kumar Bahl takes the podium for the first time as Music Director of the Omaha Symphony, and critically acclaimed jazz pianist Aaron Diehl joins the orchestra for a performance of Gershwin’s glorious and jocular Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra. We open with John Adams’ spritely minimalist foxtrot, The Chairman Dances, which has been described as an “outtake” from his famed opera Nixon in China. William Grant Still’s probing Out of the Silence makes for a thought-provoking centerpiece, and the evening culminates in the warmth of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major.
A Playlist by Aaron Diehl
The lineage of American Pianist Aaron Diehl's particular artistic style can be traced to the Greats like Gershwin and Monk—but those lineages themselves must be traced from the beginning, before the invention of jazz as we know it today. Diehl made a playlist tracing his own perspective on the keyboard's evolution through history—give it a listen: