From picture-perfect New England to the wild, wild West, America has come alive time and time again through the music of Charles Ives and Aaron Copland. Woven into their musical tapestries is an array of folk and dance tunes, hymns and songs that creates a patchwork of history and culture within each work. A young Ives sounds more like Brahms in his Second Symphony, whose reverent finale quotes what many once called our “unofficial national anthem,” “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.” New York-based Copland gave authenticity to his famed Western-inspired ballets thru cowboy folk songs and square dances, quintessentially capturing the vast landscape of our nation’s heartland.

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