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Maestro Victor Vener

August 18 - The Emperor's Roundup

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” composer and virtuoso pianist Daniel Lessner; “The Big Country” by Jerome Moross, Elmer Bernstein’s “The Magnificent Seven,” Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid,” and Ferde Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite.”



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Ludwig van Beethoven

The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113

Turkish March

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E♭ Major, Op. 73,

Emperor Concerto

I. Allegro

II. Adagio un poco mosso

III. Rondo: Allegro


Aaron Copland

Billy the Kid


American composer, conductor, and educator Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 - December 2, 1990) sought to create “a music that would speak of universal things in a vernacular of American speech and rhythm.” He grew up in a conservative Jewish family in a community of Brooklyn and although his father had little interest in music, his mother sang, played piano, and arranged music lessons for her children. Copland started to write songs at the age of 8.

As a young adult, he studied music theory with Rubin Goldmark, was exposed to classical repertoire by attending performances of the Metropolitan Opera and New York Symphony, and played in local dance bands. He then went on to study music in Paris, gaining some notoriety amongst the musical community for a critique he wrote about Gabriel Faure.

Upon returning to the US, he became sought after as a lecturer, living frugally through writing, teaching and grants. His compositions draw on the life of rural America and utilize folk music and hymns, which can be heard in pieces like “Appalachian Spring,” “Billy the Kid,” and “Fanfare for the common Man.” Referred to by his peers and critics alike as “the Dean of American Composers,” Copland was asked by conductor Andre Kostelanetz to compose a musical portrait of a prominent American. The result was his “Lincoln Portrait,” incorporating folk tunes (“Camptown Races” and “Springfield Mountain”), as well as excerpts from Lincoln’s speeches and letters (the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s second inaugural speech). The work was premiered by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on May 14th, 1942.

Alfred Newman

How The West Was Won


Ennio Morricone

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


Richard Hayman

Pops Hoedown

Elmer Bernstein

The Magnificent Seven


Jerome Moross

The Big Country


John Williams

The Cowboys


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Daniel Lessner

Daniel Lessner has thrilled audiences around the world with his dazzling performances and poetic interpretations of the great masterworks of the piano repertoire. Critics have hailed his playing as “brilliant and blazing” and have called him “a musician of pristine artistic taste and discernment.”
Mr. Lessner was the winner of the 2009 IBLA Grand Prize Special Award for his performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The international competition was held in Sicily, Italy, and a resulting tour throughout the United States culminated in a concert at Carnegie Hall-Weill Auditorium in New York City. Mr. Lessner has toured extensively in the United States and abroad, performing with orchestras and in solo recitals in cities which include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, Boston, Detroit, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Miami, Palm Beach and abroad in Helsinki and Stockholm. He has also composed for film and television and is a professor of piano at USC. California