On May 11 in Dallas, Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra will perform a new version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring for full orchestra, as dancers from the Meadows School perform the original Martha Graham choreography. The score to the ballet was written for a thirteen-piece chamber orchestra, and until now a score for full orchestra to match Graham’s original choreography did not exist. The Copland Fund commissioned David Newman to orchestrate the missing sections from the ballet, in consultation with Philip Rothman, program advisor to the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and Aaron Sherber, music director of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Paul Phillips will conduct the Dallas premiere, which will take place at the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. In June, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will also perform the new full-orchestra version of the ballet score, with the Baltimore School of the Arts’ Dance Ensemble.

Posted May 5, 2016