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Leonard Bernstein left an indelible imprint on music in America as a composer, conductor and advocate for the arts. In celebration of his 100th birthday in 2018, we’ll perform his greatest and most revered score, the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, along with his mentor Aaron Copland’s glorious Lincoln Portrait, narrated by ABC7 News anchor Dan Ashley. Music of Howard Hanson (his “Romantic” Symphony) and Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen (An American Hymn) complete this program of magnificent American masterworks.
In his thirty years on television, Dan Ashley has reported on a wide-range of issues and events that affect our lives. As a journalist, Dan has covered stories all over the Bay Area, the country, and the world. Dan reported from Poland on the “March of the Living” with Bay Area holocaust survivors, and before that, reported from Marine Corp basic training at Camp Pendleton in San Diego. Other notable assignments include reporting live from New Hampshire and South Carolina for the state primaries and from Iowa for the state’s caucus.
Nancy Bloomer Deussen (whose maiden name was Nancy Van Norman) is a prominent San Francisco Bay Area composer and co-founder of the Bay Area chapter of The National Association of Composers, USA. She has been a dedicated champion of more accessible contemporary music, a viewpoint amply demonstrated in all of her works.
A composer who is well-loved by audiences, Bloomer Deussen has received numerous commissions from such performing ensembles and soloists as The Oakland Chamber Orchestra,The Walnut Street Chamber Ensemble (PA), The Baton Rouge and Augustana Concert Bands, The Santa Clara Chorale, De Anza College Chorale and Women’s Chorus, The Women’s Caucus in the Arts, Opus 90 Chamber Ensemble, The Gabrieli Brass, The Mission Chamber Orchestra, Sempervirens Environmental Club, Mu Phi Epsilon Ann and Lee E Mueller Chamber Music Commission, Jim and Pat Watt, the San Jose Choral Project, guitarist Thomas Amoriello, the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music, the United States TRADOC Army Band, Ron Levy, pianist, Quartetto Paradiso and others.
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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story performed by Leonard Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 performed by the Detroit Symphony Civic Philharmonic Orchestra
Nancy Bloomer Deussen: American Hymn – Performed by the Kiev Philharmonic.
Leonard Bernstein conducts the National Symphony in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait