Playlist: 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. Click here to jump to our playlist, or scroll down to peruse some of our favorite American works, from classics like Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to modern masterpieces like John Adams’s City Noir.

Copland: "Hoe-down" from Rodeo

Gershwin: Catfish Row

Jennifer Higdon: All Things Majestic, III. Snake River

Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On The Town, III. Times Square

John Adams: City Noir, I. The City and its Double

Ellington: The River, I. The Spring

Thomson: The Plow That Broke the Plains Suite: Cattle

Copland: Appalachian Spring, VII. Doppio movimento

Still: The American Scene (The Southwest), Song of the Riverman

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, I. Prologue

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Wynton Marsalis: Swing Symphony, II: All-American Pep

Enjoy the full playlist, and happy grilling!

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This playlist has been updated with additional selections and embeds.