Maxwell Davies — An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
Young Artist Competition Winner
Copland — Appalachian Spring
Our pieces on this concert take us to two different locations for romance and wedding celebrations. English composer Peter Maxwell Davies’s An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise depicts a boisterous Scottish wedding, followed by the sun coming up after the night of parties and dancing. It is one of the only pieces for orchestra that features a bagpiper in full regalia —you won’t want to miss this spectacle! Finally, we go to a small village in Pennsylvania for a wedding party in Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ballet Appalachian Spring. This beautiful and moving piece depicts the excitement of the wedding, the nervousness of the newlyweds as they begin their life, and the comfort and faith their neighbors give them through the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts.