American Masters

Presented by Symphony San Jose

Tito Muñoz conducts American Masters for Symphony Silicon Valley Jan 22-23 with works by Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, and Ellington.

Four composers, whose works defined America in the ‘30s and ‘40s, come together on one grand program: Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, and Ellington.

Copland’s expansive, optimistic Appalachian Spring became known as “the quintessential American sound.” In fact, all four composers could stake that claim. Gershwin and Bernstein each gave us a brilliant mix of symphonic music, jazz and Broadway. And Duke Ellington’s stunning reflection on Black history from slavery to the Harlem Renaissance is considered one of the greatest examples of long-form jazz. Drawing on the blues, soaring gospel music, work songs, swing, and more, Ellington created an all-American orchestral masterpiece.

NOTE: Long-form Jazz: The Rich Legacy of Duke Ellington

One of America’s most prolific composers, Duke Ellington is credited with over a thousand works. He often called them ‘American Music’ rather than jazz. Ellington’s 30-year collaboration with composer-arranger-pianist Billy Strayhorn produced not only countless songs but several long-form compositions – suites more at home in concert halls than in, say, Harlem’s famed Cotton Club.

The greatest of these is Black Brown & Beige.

City: San Jose
Price Range:
$55 to $115

Program Items

Copland Appalachian Spring
Gershwin Cuban Overture
Bernstein On the Town (Three Dances)
Ellington Black Brown & Beige


Tito Muñoz Conductor

California Theatre

California Theatre

345 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113
United States