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Evanston Symphony Orchestra: Great Composers Series

George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F has retained its pre-eminent status as the most popular American piano concerto since its 1925 premiere, and is a specialty of virtuoso Jeffrey Biegel. Another American classic favorite, Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, had its 1931 premiere in Chicago, and the clip-clop rhythm of its “On the Trail” movement was actually inspired by the sounds of pile drivers along Lake Shore Drive. George Walker’s lovely Lyric for Strings and Jonathan Newman’s short rock-inspired overture round out this all-American program.

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