In Focus Series - Made in America, "Alive and Kicking"

Concert begins at 6:00 PM
Monday, July 28, 2014

Alasdair Neale, Host and Conductor

Ankush Kumar Bahl, Host and Conductor

Amos Yang, Cello 



Join Music Director Alasdair Neale and Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl as hosts and conductors for this season’s In Focus Series titled, “Made in America.” This series is a two-part survey of American classical music which showcases the melting pot of genres and styles we hear in American composition today. Part One of “Made in America” begins with tonight’s concert.  Part Two continues in 2015.

A clear “American sound” in American classical music emerged in the early 20th century, as composers built on traditional sacred and European roots while embracing the American folk song tradition. The familiar landscapes of Aaron Copland and the inventive modernism of Charles Ives paved the way for current American composers who are creating the future of classical music. 

This performance utilizes intimate ensembles and a small chamber orchestras to create an eclectic programming mix. There will be a brief explanation about each piece to be performed, bringing you inside the music.  The concert starts at 6:00 PM for a duration of about 90 minutes. You are encouraged to sit inside the Sun Valley Pavilion to best experience how these concerts bring the music “into focus!”

Note – the Big Screen on the lawn does not display In Focus concerts.



Stereo is King for Three Percussion and Electronica


Southern Harmony for String Quartet


Simaku for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano


Air for Cello and Chamber Orchestra


Hallelujah Junction for Two Pianos