Copland’s magical Appalachian Spring comes to life in full choreography and its original musical version for 13 musicians – a rare opportunity to experience the Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece as the world first heard it in 1944.
Winner of the 1945 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Copland’s Appalachian Spring is the quintessential piece of American music. For the first time in Colorado Springs, the piece will be performed in its original 13-instrument version by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs with choreography from the Colorado Ballet Society in a special Valentine weekend event. Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble also joins the cast for Menotti’s hilarious The Unicorn, The Gorgon and The Manticore.
Depicting a simple country wedding, Appalachian Spring was one of Aaron Copland’s World War II-era populist works, exploring the depth and strength of the American people. A young couple arrives at a newly-built farmhouse, ready to start their lives together. As the celebration intensifies, each new dance becomes more uproarious than the last, including The Minister’s Dance concludes of ferocious fire. The familiar Simple Gifts brings the day to close and the young couple are left in their new home, looking out the front window with optimism.
Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Unicorn, The Gorgon and The Manticore is a stark contrast to the Copland, focusing on the foibles of human nature, peer pressure and fashion. When an eccentric gentlemen moves into a castle in a small town and appears on the boardwalk with three mystical creatures, the townspeople alternately ridicule and copy him. Cynical and hysterical, Menotti’s dry wit perfectly unmasks the insecurities and anxieties that lead people to do the strangest things just to fit in.
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Phone: (719) 255-3232
Free parking available. Parking map: https://www.uccs.edu/Documents/pts/parking/campus_map_2016.pdf