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An American in Paris

Published in Masterworks

March 8-9 | 8 PM Abravanel Hall

Andrew Grams, Conductor

Gounod - Ballet Music from Faust
Copland - Suite from Appalachian Spring
Stravinsky - Jeu de cartes, Ballet in Three Deals
Gershwin - An American in Paris

The Utah Symphony returns to Paris. George Gershwin was just back from a visit to the French capital when the New York Philharmonic commissioned him for a new work. He was thrilled by what he saw and heard in the "city of light" and couldn't wait to put the authentic Parisian taxi-horns he brought back to America to musical use. On the program with Gershwin's "rhapsodic ballet" are three pieces written officially for dancers, including the suite from Aaron Copland's Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece of Americana Appalachian Spring.

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  • Artist Profile:

    Andrew Grams has appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., and the orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, as well as the Montreal Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle Bonn, the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Melbourne Symphony, the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia Rome, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, the Hamburg Symphony, and the Malmo Symphony to name a few. Maestro Grams was a protege of Franz Welser-Moest and served as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-07.

    A Maryland native was raised in Severn, Andrew Grams began conducting at the age of 17. In 1999 he received a bachelor of music degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School, and in 2003 he received a conducting degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Otto-Werner Mueller. Mr. Grams was a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center from 1998 to 2004, as acting associate principal second violin in 2002 and 2004. He has also performed with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony.

  • Program:

    Charles Gounod - Ballet Music from Faust
                                     I. Dance of the Nubian Slaves
                                     II. Cleopatra and the Golden Cup
                                     III. Antique Dance
                                     IV. Dance of Cleopatra and her Slaves
                                     V. Dance of the Trojan Maidens
                                     VI. Mirror Dance
                                     VII. Dance of the Phryne
    Aaron Copland - Suite from Appalachian Spring
     
    INTERMISSION
         
    Igor Stravinsky - Jeu de cartes, Ballet in Three Deals
                                   I. First Deal
                                   II. Second Deal
                                   III. Third Deal
    George Gershwin - An American in Paris

  • Program Notes:

    Charles Gounod - Ballet Music from Faust
    Aaron Copland - Suite from Appalachian Spring
    Igor Stravinsky - Jeu de cartes, Ballet in Three Deals
    George Gershwin - An American in Paris