• Monthly Series

    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

Sep 28th, 2023 7:30 pmOct 1st, 2023 3:00 pm

Copland and Liszt

Anthony McGill, clarinet / Dallas Symphony Orchestra / Fabio Luisi
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, TX, United States, 75201


  • SCHUMAN American Festival Overture
  • COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
  • LISZT A Faust Symphony
Oct 14th, 2023 8:00 pmOct 15th, 2023 3:00 pm

Copland’s Clarinet

Eric Abramovitz, clarinet / Toronto Symphony Orchestra / Trevor Wilson, conductor
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5J 2H5


  • WIJERATNE Polyphonic Lively
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
  • COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
  • ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme “Enigma”
Oct 16th, 2023 6:00 pm

In Evening Air with Emiko Edwards and Aaron Copland

Emiko Edwards, piano
Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, United States, 10023


  • COPLAND In Evening Air
  • COPLAND Piano Sonata
  • COPLAND Four Piano Blues
  • COPLAND Piano Variations
Nov 9th, 2023 7:30 pm

Carnegie Hall Presents: The Met Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Met Orchestra Chamber Ensemble / Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY, United States, 10019


  • R. STRAUSS Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, Op. 7
  • FRANK Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout for String Quartet
  • COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite

    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

    Latest News

    Midday Thoughts: Summer Break

    We’ll be taking a break from our regular monthly series for the summer. In the meantime, enjoy one of our first Midday Thoughts on how Copland’s music has transcended genre boundaries for decades.

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    Midday Thoughts: Copland Piano Trio Sees First Publication

    Copland's Prelude for Piano Trio is about to step out of the shadows. Ninety-nine years after he first wrote the music, his arrangement of orchestral music that he wrote for Nadia Boulanger has finally seen publication. 

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    Midday Thoughts: Copland's Support for American Composition

    While Copland is most famous today for his music, he also was an exceptional supporter of American music and young composers, both throughout his life and beyond. Explore his legacy of support for the field in this month's Midday Thoughts.

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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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