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NEW WORLD A-COMIN'
Friday, November 4, 8pm
Paramount Theatre, Oakland
Michael Morgan, Conductor
Pre-concert talk by
John Kendall Bailey
An American in Paris
No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" (1949, rev.
Sara Davis Buechner, piano
Estancia, Op. 8 (Ballet Suite; 1941)
to watch Sara playing Poulenc Variations on YouTube.
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Just over a decade ago,
David Buechner, a
classical pianist, came out as a transgender woman, Sara Davis Buechner. On the
the 25th anniversary of her debut,
Ms. Buechner reflects on her
Click here to watch YouTube
"[Sara Buechner] played with fire and sparkle, her
tone crisp and forceful.
The big crowd gave her a long, heartfelt standing
ovation." ~ Buffalo News
Join us for Opening Night
as we celebrate the rich, vibrant tradition of American music. We'll start with
the captivating swing of Duke Ellington's hopeful, forward-looking New World
A-Comin', with its vision of a post-World War II country in which
oppression and racism no longer exist. The bubbly exuberance of Gershwin's
American in Paris captures the delight and wonder of an American visitor
taking in the sights and sounds of Paris for the first time.
pleased to bring back the extraordinary pianist Sara Buechner for a performance
of Bernstein's searching "Age of Anxiety", an unusual symphony featuring solo
piano. Sara's powerful performance with OEBS in 2009 was a highlight of that
We'll also pay tribute to our neighbors south of the border
with Alberto Ginastera's wildly popular Estancia, a lively work
incorporating themes from Argentinean cowboy music.
(Suitable for children 10 and over.)