Conducted by Music Director, Peter Stafford Wilson
Erin Gilliland, concertmaster
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American composer Roy Harris (1898-1979) was born in Oklahoma and grew up on a farm in an isolated part of the state. He studied piano with his mother and was a self-taught composer when he travelled to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1926-1929. Harris wrote the Chorale for Strings a few years after returning from Paris; it originated as the second movement of an unpublished Concerto for String Sextet. Harris cites the hymn singing of pioneers on the frontier as his inspiration for this work.
Roy Harris taught composition at several prominent music schools in the U.S., including the Juilliard School. His students include William Schumann, H. Owen Reed, Florence Price and Peter Schickele (better known as P.D.Q. Bach).
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From Holberg’s Time, op. 40