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Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin performed Nov. 23

BOONE—Works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin fill the program for the Appalachian Repertory Orchestra performance Nov. 23. The program begins at 2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. William Selle is the conductor. Admission is free.

The program begins with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dance of the Tumblers.” From his 1882 opera “The Snow Maiden,” “Dance of the Tumblers” is a spirited piece taken from a scene in the opera that celebrates the arrival of spring.

The program continues with Rachmaninoff’s third movement from his “Symphony No. 2 in E minor” written in the early 1900s. The molto adagio movement’s dreamlike theme and its clarinet and oboe solos are supported by the string sections. The piece builds to the first of two climaxes midway into the composition with strings, brass and woodwinds playing in unison before the piece returns to its ethereal melody.

Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien” follows next on the program. Written in 1880, the composition was inspired by the composer’s trip to Rome and the folk music and street songs he heard during Carnival.

The program concludes with works by two American composers.

“An American in Paris Suite,” arranged by John Whitney, is derived from George Gershwin’s jazz-influenced “An American in Paris,” a composition that was inspired by time he spent in Paris. Gershwin’s composition premiered in 1928. It was written to “portray the impression of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city and listens to various street noises and absorbs the French atmosphere,” according to the late music critic Deems Taylor.

The program concludes with three dance episodes from Copland’s “Rodeo,” written in 1942 for a ballet at the request of choreographer Agnes de Mille. The orchestra will perform “Saturday Night Waltz,” “Corral Nocturne” and “Hoedown.”

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