Zhou Tian: Transcend (Premiere Commission)
Aaron Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Jennifer Higdon: Loco
Brian LaGuardia: Rhapsody in Orange (World Premiere Commission)
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieras No. 2, Movement 4: The Little Train of the Caipira
Symphonic music takes us into the most unexpected places — in Off the Rails, we take you where no locomotive has gone before! We premiere Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian’s Transcend, a meditation and tribute to the people involved in the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Not knowing where our fortunes will lead, we traverse further into the west and chance upon an old American love story in Copland’s ballet Rodeo. Heitor Villa-Lobos, Jennifer Higdon, and Brian LaGuardia get us back on the rails traversing across the Americas with The Little Train of the Caipira, Loco and the world premiere of Rhapsody in Orange — inspired by Orange Blossom Special.