American Diversity

Klaus Mäkelä conducts Dvořák, Wolfe and others

The diversity of the United States resounds in an enjoyable programme performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Klaus Mäkelä, with Calogero Palermo as soloist in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.

Because of uncertainty around the coronavirus measures in place starting from 14 January, tickets to this concert are not yet on sale.

Illustration Christopher DeLorenzo
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The diversity of the United States resounds in an enjoyable programme performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Klaus Mäkelä, with Calogero Palermo as soloist in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.

Because of uncertainty around the coronavirus measures in place starting from 14 January, tickets to this concert are not yet on sale.

A colourful programme in which classical music, popular styles and experimentation enrich one another in a way which could only be possible in America.

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About this concert

The Concertgebouw Orchestra has organised all its concert programmes in January to reflect the theme ‘Made in America’.

Vast prairies, the chaos of the metropolis, mountains and forests, deserts and skyscrapers. The scenic diversity of the United States is infinite. Its population is equally diverse – a mosaic of cultural backgrounds. That diversity is also reflected in American composed music. Yet all these musical styles often seem to be connected in some way. What makes American music American?

Conductor Klaus Mäkelä conducts a colourful programme in which classical music, popular styles and experimentation enrich one another in a way which could only be possible in America. Take, for instance, Julia Wolfe’s energetic opening work Fountain of Youth, which is an example wherein accessibility and experimentation go hand in hand.

The melting pot of cultures which is the United States has resulted in all kinds of blends of classical music, jazz and Latin. The orchestra’s principal clarinettist Calogero Palermo takes centre stage in Aaron Copland’s jazzy Clarinet Concerto. The programme also features Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (‘From the New World’).