Heritage Center to hear ‘Made in America’

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LEWISTON – The Midcoast Symphony will conclude its season with an all-American program featuring the Maine premier of Joan Tower’s “Made in America” on Friday, May 19, at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston and on Saturday, May 20, at the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m.

Besides Tower’s new work, the orchestra will play Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” which is not only the composer’s best known work, but is one of the most widely known of all American compositions in the symphonic repertoire. The program will also include works by George Gershwin and Morton Gould’s zesty and patriotic “American Salute.”

Tower’s “Made in America” is part of the Ford Made in America commissioning project, and is the result of collaboration between the American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet the Composer. The composition, which Tower completed in early 2005, was given its world premier last October by the Glen Falls Symphony in New York, and will be performed by at least one orchestra in all 50 states during the 2005-2006 concert season. The performance by the Midcoast Symphony is the only one scheduled in Maine.

Tower’s new piece is based on themes from “America the Beautiful.”

Concert tickets are $12 for adults and will be available at the door or in advance at Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick, Magnolia in Bath, and at Victor News, Carroll’s Music, and Hannaford in Lewiston and Auburn. Everyone 21 and under is admitted free.

More information about the program can be found at www.midcoastsymphony.org, or by phoning 371-2028.

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