Porgy and Bess

October 11, 2019
Aaron Copland in 1962 from a television special

Aaron Copland in 1962 from a television special

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On this week's Prairie Performances, Friday at 7 pm on WILL-FM 90.9, the final concert for long-time conductor Michael Luxner of Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra after 20 years of service. The orchestra will feature selections from George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. The show will feature guest artists Janice Chandler-Eteme and Leon Williams, nationally renowned vocalists known for their performances of the Gershwin classic.

Opening with a performance of Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question and Aaron Copland's Suite from the Ballet Appalachian Spring and after an intermission, the Millikin Union of Choirs will join the two guest soloists to perform selections from Porgy and Bess. Gershwin’s folk opera mixes the sounds of jazz, folk and spiritual music as it follows a close knit community living in fictional Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina.

"Porgy and Bess" (4/16/16)

Millikin-Decatur Symphony 
Michael Luxner, conductor 
Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano
Leon Williams, baritone

Charles Ives | The Unanswered Question

Copland | Suite from Ballet Appalachian Spring

George Gershwin | The Porgy and Bess Concert (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)

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These programs are partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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