Americana – October 2007

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Clerestory opens its second season with a program inspired by the San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of the new Philip Glass opera Appomattox. The greater San Francisco arts community has drawn together around this important new American work, and Clerestory is honored to be a publicity partner of the Opera with our presentation of Americana. We explore styles of early American music not often heard, as well as take on the challenges of 20th century choral literature. Choral music has been a part of American life since our nation’s earliest days, and unlike many of Europes’s most famous composers, the best-known American composers like Ives, Copland, Barber and Bernstein wrote for voices as often as for instruments. Join us in honoring our nation’s tradition of song.