• Monthly Series

    Midday Thoughts

    A series of musings about, around, and related to Copland and his music featuring 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

Mar 24th, 2023 7:00 pm

Tapiola Sinfonietta: Kontrolli

Katharine Dain, soprano / Tapiola Sinfonietta / Caleb Young
Espoo Cultural Centre, Kulttuuriaukio 2, Espoo, Finland, 02100


  • EISLER Five Orchestral Pieces from the score to the film The 400 Million by Joris Ivens
  • COPLAND Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • SHOSTAKOVICH/arr. BARSHAI Chamber Symphony op. 83a
Mar 23rd, 2023 7:30 pmMar 25th, 2023 8:00 pmMar 26th, 2023 3:00 pm

Coleridge-Taylor, Copland & Dvořák 9

Stephen Williamson, clarinet / Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Wilkins
Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, United States, 60604


  • COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Hiawatha Suite
  • COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
  • DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)
Mar 31st, 2023 7:00 pmApr 1st, 2023 8:00 pmApr 2nd, 2023 4:00 pm

Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Yutaka Sado

Iveta Apkalna, organ / Konzerthausorchester Berlin / Yutaka Sado
Konzerthaus, Gendarmenmarkt 2, Berlin, Germany, 10117


  • ADAMS The Chairman Dances
  • COPLAND Organ Symphony
  • DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95
Apr 16th, 2023 6:00 pm

Kammermusik+ | Schumann Quartett

Schumann Quartett
Gewandhaus, Mendelssohn-Saal, Augustuspl. 8, Leipzig, Germany, 04109


  • KREISLER String Quartet in A Minor
  • JANACEK String Quartet No. 1
  • KRENEK String Quartet No. 3, op. 20
  • COPLAND Movement for String Quartet

    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: What Makes Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man Uncommon?

    Eighty years ago, Fanfare for the Common Man was first heard by audiences; this month's article spotlights the unique and lasting musical identity of this famous work.

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    Midday Thoughts: Copland on Being American, Part 2

    Aaron Copland spoke often of the composer's role in American society, and by extension, what he perceived his role to be. The second of this two-part series focuses on some of Copland's best known statements on the topic.

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    Midday Thoughts: Copland on Being American, Part 1

    Aaron Copland was never just a composer; he was always an American composer. But what did that label mean to him? Read on in the first of a two-part examination of Copland's best known statements on the topic.

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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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