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Moores School goes Broadway-style tonight

By Mikylah Myers
Daily Cougar Staff

A bit of Broadway comes to the Moores Opera House tonight in a concert featuring legendary singer William Warfield, who joins the Moores School Symphony Orchestra as the narrator in Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." 

The concert caps a musically eventful semester for the orchestra, one that included performances of Strauss' Ein Heldenleben and Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, with an all-American program. While Warfield has won a Grammy for his recording of "Lincoln Portrait," his name will be forever connected with two other American gems, Jerome Kern's musical Showboat and George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess.

It is only fitting, then, that following "Lincoln Portrait," the orchestra will present a concert version of Porgy and Bess, featuring Moores School faculty artist Debria Brown and MSM alumni Marsha Thompson and DuWayne Davis.

Copland completed "Lincoln Portrait" in the spring of 1942, and it since has become a staple of the American repertoire. The work lays the ground for the words of Abraham Lincoln with colorful mixtures of folk tunes, transformed under the hand of Copland. 

Seven years earlier, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess was both pleasing and confusing audiences in New York. The opera, based on the novel Porgy by DuBose Heyward, was set in Charleston, S.C., and told the story of a poor black beggar named Porgy and his love for Bess, and the nation struggled with the opera's musical mixture.

The first half of tonight's program features trombonist Brian Logan, winner of the 1998 Moores School Concerto Competition, in a performance of Paul Creston's "Fantasy for Trombone and Orchestra, Op. 42." Composed in 1947, it is full of rhythmic vitality, a hallmark of Creston's style.

David Ashley White's "The Ruins of Missolonghi" will begin the program.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
 

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