Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic is second only to the Mona Lisa in terms of significance. The Iowan artist was extremely appreciative of Midwest traditions and culture, which he celebrated in 1930 through American Gothic and many other works. The painting is often understood as a satirical comment on the Midwestern character, and is now firmly fixated in the nation’s pop culture. Yet Wood intended it to be a positive statement about rural American values and an image of reassurance at a time of great dislocation and disillusionment.
Grammy award winning Iowan composer Michael Daugherty is one of the most commissioned, performed, and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today. His composition entitled American Gothic reflects on Grant Wood’s creative world, as well as the years the composer spent growing up in Cedar Rapids. Hear the Des Moines Symphony perform it along with internationally acclaimed concert cellist Matt Haimovitz performing the 1st Cello Concerto by Saint-Saëns. The DMSO will also present a work by Hindemith, and Ravel’s hypnotic Bolero.
Tune in on Sunday, June 18th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, June 19th at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast!
HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis
Michael DAUGHERTY American Gothic
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1 with Matt Haimovitz, Cello