Joseph Gehring, music director
Mark Cellini, assistant conductor
Dr. William Carr, Steinway Artist, piano
Howard Hanson—Merry Mount Suite
George Gershwin—Rhapsody in Blue
William Grant Still—Symphony No. 1 in A-flat, “Afro-American”
Three American composers are featured in this Fall Concert program including the famous Rhapsody in Blue performed by Steinway artist and Immaculata University Music Department Chair Dr. William Carr. The concert begins with music from the American opera Merry Mount by Howard Hanson, conducted by Immaculata Symphony assistant conductor Mark Cellini. Rounding out the program is Symphony No. 1 in A-flat, “Afro-American” completed in 1930 by William Grant Still, the first African American to compose a symphony that was performed by a prominent orchestra. Jazz, blues, and classical styles combine in this truly American concert program.