George Tsontakis Let The River Be Unbroken (c.15′)
Barber Violin Concerto (c.22′)
Copland Symphony No.3 (c.42′)

Sarah Chang Violin
David Alan Miller Conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Three pages from American history.Tsontakis’sLet the River Be Unbroken takes slave-songs and hymns to reawaken all the romance – and cruelty – of the Civil War. Barber brings European Romanticism back home to the East Coast of the USA in a violin concerto whose glorious tunes and blossoming lyricism have made it a true modern classic; perfect for the gleaming tone of Sarah Chang. And Aaron Copland salutes the end of the Second World War in a symphony of blue skies and boundless optimism, crowned by – what else? – hisFanfare for the Common Man. Is this the Great American Symphony? Albany Symphony Orchestra music director David Alan Miller will make a powerful case.

Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
David Alan Miller introduces this all-American programme.

There will be no coda after this concert.