Iowa Public Radio Classical's Performance Iowa series presents encore broadcasts of Orchestra Iowa's 2012 Brucemorchestra! program. Recorded from the front lawn of the historic Brucemore Estate in Cedar Rapids, this year's Brucemorchestra! program featured the American music of Gershwin, Grofé and Copland. Gershwin's impressionistic An American in Paris portrays the story of a young American, absorbing the sounds of French culture as he strolls down the streets of Paris. The work is followed by Gershwin's well-known Rhapsody in Blue, featuring University of Iowa’s Dr. Alan Huckleberry at the keyboard. The Grand Canyon Suite was composed in 1931 by Ferde Grofé. The Suite presents five programmatic movements, which depict the raw beauty of the Grand Canyon, from an early morning sunrise to a torrential desert storm full of flashing lighting and roaring thunder. The program closes with Copland's The Promise of Living, from the orchestral suite of excerpts from his original 1954 opera, The Tender Land. Members of the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale under Fred Kiser, the Coe College Concert Choir under Marc Falk, and the Mount Mercy University choir under Daniel Kleinknecht perform Shenandoah and the
Promise of Living.
(Recorded Sept. 9, 2012)