• 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

Feb 11th, 2024 3:00 pmFeb 13th, 2024 7:30 pmFeb 17th, 2024 2:00 pmFeb 21st, 2024 7:30 pm

Copland Dance Episodes: A Ballet by Justin Peck

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

An evening-length work by Justin Peck in collaboration with painter and sculptor Jeffrey Gibson featuring music by Aaron Copland.

Feb 23rd, 2024 7:30 pm

Carnegie Hall Presents: Timo Andres, Piano

Timo Andres, piano
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY, United States, 10019


  • HOLCOMB Wherein Lies the Good
  • ELLINGTON "Single Petal of a Rose"
  • ANDRES New Work (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • ELLINGTON "Prelude to a Kiss"
  • COPLAND Piano Sonata
  • ELLINGTON "Reflections in D"
  • SMITH Imaginary Pancake (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • RZEWSKI Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
  • GLASS Etude No. 20
Mar 22nd, 2024 8:00 pm

America ! Barbara Hannigan

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France / Barbara Hannigan
Maison de la Radio et de la Musique, 116 Av. du Président Kennedy, Paris, France, 75016


  • COPLAND Quiet City
  • IVES Three Places in New England
  • BARBER Knoxville: Summer of 1915
  • GERSHWIN/arr. BENNETT Porgy and Bess Suite
Mar 23rd, 2024 7:30 pmMar 24th, 2024 2:30 pm

Schubert & Wagner

Buffalo Philharmonic / Gerard Schwarz
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY, United States, 14201


  • COPLAND Billy the Kid Suite
  • FOOTE Cello Concerto
  • SCHUBERT Symphony in B minor "Unfinished"
  • WAGNER Die Meistersinger (excerpts)

    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 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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    Midday Thoughts: Lingering and Emerging Questions about Copland's Prelude for Piano Trio

    Research often leads to new questions. This month, Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett takes us through new questions and possible answers from her summer research into Copland's Prelude for Piano Trio.

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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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