Variations on America

July 3, 2022, 8:00 pm

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The CSO celebrates America and the Fourth of July! Daniel Barenboim leads Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and the Symphonic Dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story, along with Bramwell Tovey conducting Gershwin’s A Foggy Day from the piano. Michael Tilson Thomas leads Ives’s The Unanswered Question — featuring former principal trumpet Adolph Herseth — and Morton Gould conducts Variations on America, followed by selections from the Lincoln motion picture soundtrack with John Williams on the podium. Carlo Maria Giulini brings the broadcast to a close with Dvořák’s New World Symphony.


Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Gershwin/Tovey: A Foggy Day
Bramwell Tovey, conductor and piano

Ives: The Unanswered Question (original version)
Adolph Herseth trumpet; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Ives/Schuman: Variations on America
Morton Gould, conductor

Williams: The People’s House and Appomattox, April 9, 1865 from Lincoln
Chicago Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director; John Williams, conductor

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (From the New World)
Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor