The best classical music to serve at your next cookout

By Stephen Raskauskas |

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The summer cookout is as American as apple pie and Appalachian Spring. As you fire up the grill to cook up hot dogs, hamburgers, and all of your other favorite summer foods, we have the perfect soundtrack for you. Below find some of our favorite American works, from classics like Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to modern masterpieces like John Adams’s City Noir.

“Hoe-down” from Rodeo (Copland)

Suite from Porgy and Bess, or “Catfish Row” (Gershwin)

City Noir (Adams)

Three Dance Episodes from On the Town (Bernstein)

Music for a Great City (Copland)

Suite from The River: The Old South (Thomson)

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by (Bernstein)

Appalachian Spring (Copland)

The American Scene (Still)

Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin)