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    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

May 12th, 2023 8:00 pmMay 14th, 2023 3:00 pmMay 20th, 2023 2:00 pmMay 24th, 2023 7:30 pmMay 25th, 2023 7:30 pm

Copland Dance Episodes

Justin Peck, choreographer / New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, United States, 10023

The New York City Ballet presents a new, evening-length work by Justin Peck in collaboration with painter and sculptor Jeffrey Gibson featuring music by Aaron Copland.

May 27th, 2023 8:00 pm

Lahav Shani & Martin Fröst

Martin Fröst, clarinet / Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin / Lahav Shani
Konzerthaus, Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany, 10117


  • LIGETI Atmosphères
  • COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
  • PROKOFIEV "Romeo and Juliet" - Scenes from the Ballet, Op. 64

    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: 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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    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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    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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