• Midday Thoughts

    A series of musings about, around, and related to Copland and his music by musicologist Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett
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  • The Man Behind The Music

    Aaron Copland

    "To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable."
    – Aaron Copland
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Featured Events

Apr 17th, 2024 7:30 pmApr 18th, 2024 7:00 pmApr 19th, 2024 7:30 pmApr 20th, 2024 7:30 pm

Martha Graham Dance Company: American Legacies

Martha Graham Dance Company
New York City Center, 131 W 55th St, New York, NY, United States, 10019


  • GRAHAM/STRAVINSKY Rite of Spring
  • GRAHAM/COPLAND Appalachian Spring
May 4th, 2024 4:00 pmMay 5th, 2024 4:00 pmMay 7th, 2024 8:00 pm

The Tender Land (Italian Premiere)

Paolo Vettori, director / Teatro Regio Torino / Alessandro Palumbo
Piccolo Regio Puccini, P.za Castello, 215, Torino, TO, Italy, 10124

Teatro Regio Torino presents the Italian premiere of Copland's The Tender Land with direction by Paolo Vettori, scenic design by Claudia Boasso, and costumes by Laura Viglione, starring artists of the Regio Ensemble.

Jun 6th, 2024 7:00 pm

Pascal Verrot × Sendai Phil

Ami Hoyano, organ / Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra / Pascal Verrot
Suntory Hall, 1 Chome-13-1 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo, Japan, 107-0052


  • GERSHWIN An American in Paris
  • COPLAND Organ Symphony
  • COPLAND Third Symphony
Jun 2nd, 5th, 7th, 14th, 21st, 23rd, 26th, 2024 7:00 pm

Classics by Balanchine / Peck / Tharp

Justin Peck, choreographer / Semperoper Ballett / Tom Seligman
Semperoper, Theaterplatz 2, Dresden, Germany, 01067


  • PECK/COPLAND Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
  • THARP/GLASS In the Upper Room
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    Aaron Copland

    The Man Behind the Music

    Many know of Aaron Copland the composer, writer, educator, and conductor, but far fewer have had the chance to know the man himself. Vivian Perlis, founding director of the Oral History Project in American Music & co-author of Copland’s autobiographies, not only takes us through the life of this great American composer, but also shows us a small window into what it was like to know the man behind the music.

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    Upcoming Performances

    Aaron Copland's music is still widely performed around the world today. Find upcoming concerts and information in the performance calendar.

    Performance Calendar

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    Midday Thoughts: Editing Copland, Part 2

    Critical editions offer so much more than just the notated score. Explore what makes these editions unique with Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett as she walks us through her MUSA edition of Appalachian Spring.

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    Midday Thoughts: Editing Copland, Part 1

    The first of a two-part examination of recent editions of Copland's music, how they came to be, and why they matter.

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    Midday Thoughts: Shulamit Ran, Aaron Copland, and Reflections on the Life of a Composer 

    Shulamit Ran and Aaron Copland are not obvious parallels, but after a recent musicology event and chance to learn more about Ran and her music, Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett finds more similarities between the two than one might think.

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    The Aaron Copland Fund for Music

    Aaron Copland’s legacy as the Dean of American Music lives on through a series of grant programs managed by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Each year, the Fund awards more than $1 million in grants to ensembles, presenters, service organizations, and more for projects and general other entities to support public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

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