Our upcoming American Masters POP concert features revered works from George Gershwin, Morton Gould, and Leroy Anderson. The La Mirada Symphony is also thrilled to premiere two new pieces from modern composers, Chris Anderson and Cody Gil. We’ll feature their stories in an upcoming post.
American Salute opens the concert in true patriotic style.
Selections from Porgy and Bess
George Gershwin once stated he wanted to write the music of the American soul. Many believe he found his greatest success in that goal through Porgy and Bess. First produced in 1935, it remains a timeless masterpiece.
Music of Leroy Anderson
Composer of the enduring holiday song, Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson was a highly popular figure of the twentieth century. His pieces were often performed by the Boston POPS orchestra. Long time conductor John Williams stated, “He was an American original. Leroy Anderson is one of the great American masters of light orchestral music. Though we have performed his works countless times over the years at the Boston Pops, his music remains forever as young and fresh as the very first day on which it was composed.” Featured pieces will be Fiddle-Faddle, Blue Tango, Serenata, and Plink Plank Plunk.
The American Masters Concert is Saturday, April 23, at 8pm at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Main doors open at 7pm. A pre-concert lecture begins at 7:15 in the upstairs lobby. VIP seating begins at 7:30 and general seating at 7:45. Admission is free; no reservations required. A $10 per seat donation is suggested. For more information call 562-941-5779 or 714-521-0774.