March Masterworks: "Inspired in America"

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8 pm
Pre-Concert Talk at 7:15 pm with the Conductor & Soloist
Memorial Hall, Melrose

This program brings together two works never performed by the MSO alongside a perennial favorite. Come hear American composer Aaron Copland’s Outdoor Overture and Charles Floyd’s Piano Concerto, performed by the composer himself on piano.  The concert closes with Dvorak’s New World Symphony, composed during the composer’s stay in America, and chosen by the musicians of the MSO as their favorite symphony.

Concert Program:

  • Aaron Copland - Outdoor Overture
  • Charles Floyd - Piano Concerto (Charles Floyd, soloist)
  • Antonín Dvořák- Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

Soloist generously underwritten by Century 21 Sexton & Donohue, Inc.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Melrose Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

  Charles Floyd, pianist & composer

About the Soloist

Born in Chicago, Charles Floyd, an annual guest conductor of the Boston Pops, has performed with artists including Grace Bumbry, Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Jennifer Holliday, Doc Severinsen, Chris Botti, Stevie Wonder, and Wynona Judd.

Floyd’s eleven-year partnership with singer Natalie Cole included such projects as the multiple Grammy Award-winning tribute to Nat King Cole, Unforgettable, With Love, the Emmy Award-winning PBS Great Performances concert video of the same title, and the Grammy-winning releases Take a Look and Stardust.

His compositions range from chamber music to large orchestral and vocal works. A tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, One Man’s Dream, for narrator and orchestra, was premiered by the Charlotte Symphony in 2001. His Four Spirituals for soprano and orchestra premiered at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.  In January 2009, he was the conductor for We Are One, the pre-inaugural celebration for President Barack Obama at the Lincoln Memorial.