• 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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  • 1944-2019

    75 Years of Appalachian Spring

    This Fall marks the 75th anniversary of Aaron Copland and Martha Graham's iconic work.

Featured Events

Aug 22nd, 2019 8:00 pm

LA Phil: Appalachian Spring

Los Angeles Philharmonic / James Gaffigan
Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90068


  • LAURA KARPMAN All American (world premiere)
  • COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite
  • BARBER Violin Concerto
  • ELLINGTON Harlem
Sep 13th, 2019 8:00 pm

De Moscou à New York

Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen / Fawzi Haimor
Maison du peuple, Place De La Resistance, Belfort, France, 90000


  • BARBER The School for Scandal Overture
  • RACHMANINOV Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra
  • COPLAND Third Symphony
Additional Performances
Oct 10th, 2019 8:00 pmOct 11th, 2019 8:00 pmOct 12th, 2019 8:00 pmOct 13th, 2019 2:00 pm

Dudamel Conducts Copland

Sergio Tiempo, piano / LA Phil / Gustavo Dudamel
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90012

Gustavo Dudamel leads the LA Phil in a performance of music from the Americas. Part of the orchestra's Thursday 2 series.

Dudamel focuses on rousing music from the Americas, including a world premiere – featuring acclaimed Argentine virtuoso Sergio Tiempo – and concluding with the exuberant, infectious rhythms of Copland’s well-loved ballet score.


  • CARLOS CHÁVEZ Sinfonía India
  • ESTEBAN BENZECRY Piano Concerto, "Universos infinitos" (world premiere)
  • COPLAND Rodeo
Nov 29th, 2019 8:00 pmNov 30th, 2019 8:00 pmDec 1st, 2019 2:00 pm

Copland's Appalachian Spring

Sang Yoon Kim, clarinet / Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra / Chia-Hsuan Lin
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St, St Paul, MO, United States, 55102


  • COPLAND Short Symphony
    • Clarinet Concerto
  • STEPHEN PRUTSMAN Godspeed (world premiere)
  • 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

    Three Latin American Sketches and Remembering Vivian Perlis

    Philip Rothman shares engraving tips after working on a new Copland edition, and memories from working with the late Vivian Perlis.

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    Vivian Perlis, 1928-2019

    Vivian Perlis, founding director of Oral History of American Music and close collaborator and friend of Aaron Copland, passed away on July 4, 2019.

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    Carlos Miguel Prieto Releases New Copland Recording

    Carlos Miguel Prieto releases debut album on Linn Records, featuring the music of Aaron Copland and Carlos Chávez.

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    The Aaron Copland Fund for Music

    In keeping with his lifelong devotion to contemporary music, Aaron Copland created the Fund and bequeathed to it a large part of his estate. The Fund was officially announced to the public in 1992. The Fund’s purpose is to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

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