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CARLOS SIMON The Block
PRICE Dances in the Canebrakes
BARBER Symphony No. 1
COPLAND El Salon Mexico
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
An Evening of Musical Stories by American Composers
Carlos Simon’s The Block was inspired by paintings that highlighted buildings of one neighborhood block in Harlem. Simon’s piece reflects the themes of African American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.
Composed just before her passing, Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes are based on African American folk songs and dances of the 1920s and ‘30s.
Barber’s single movement Symphony No. 1 was such a success that the Vienna Philharmonic performed it at the opening concert of the 1937 Salzburg Festival. It was the first performance of a symphonic work by an American composer at the prominent festival.
Copland was inspired to write his El Salon Mexico by the Mexican folk music he was surrounded by while on his visits to Mexico in the 1930s.
Gershwin didn’t know he was writing Rhapsody in Blue until he saw a newspaper announcement saying that he was writing a jazz concerto for a concert taking place in less than a month! Despite the intense pressure and tight deadline, Gershwin scored a triumphant success with Rhapsody, and he was only 25!
Seating capacity has been reduced to less than 50% to allow family groups to remain separated during the event.
Ticket required for all ages
Seating for unaccompanied minors under age 21 is limited to the orchestra level (first floor) only. Minors attending with their own parent or legal guardian may sit in any seat.
The Gregory M. Carr Family Lounge opens 1 hour prior to this event. Access is an exclusive benefit for the PAC’s major donors. Capacity is limited. Find out more at PAC Patron Lounge.
All COVID-19 Protocols are temporary and subject to change.
All attendees must provide one of the following:
Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 completed at least 2 weeks prior to the event
Proof of a negative result for a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event
Proof of recovery from a positive COVID-19 diagnosis no more than 90 days prior to the event and no less than 11 days prior to the event.
Face masks must be worn over the nose and mouth by all audience members. Staff will be wearing masks too. If you do not have a mask, we have a free one for you.
Please stay home if you have had a fever or experienced COVID-like symptoms within 48 hours of the event.
Audience members will be required to sit only in their seats, which have been assigned to allow for physical distancing. The capacity for this event has been reduced to 50% so that household groups can be spaced several feet apart.
If you already have tickets and are concerned that your current seats may not fulfill your needs, please complete this special seating request form.
- All levels of the Performing Arts Center have wheelchair accessible locations where patrons may either remain seated in their wheelchairs or transfer to portable seats. Courtesy wheelchairs may be borrowed while on site thanks to the Carolyn Ramey Memorial Fund.
Select seats labeled with a wheelchair icon to choose these seats.
- All levels of the Performing Arts Center have scooter accessible locations where patrons may either remain seated in their scooter or transfer to portable seats. Scooters cannot be placed in the aisles due to the Performing Arts Center's evacuation plan. Patrons are welcome to transfer to a Performing Arts Center transport wheelchair in the lobby to gain access to permanent seat locations. Scooters will be stored in the lobbies.
- Sound from the stage is broadcast directly to you by our in-house listening system (Listen Technologies LR-52000-072). This system has a standard 3.5mm output jack, so you can use your own headset or one of our stereo headsets. A limited number of T-coil compatible loop lanyards are also available. Listening devices are kept at the House Manager's station in the lobby prior to and during performances. This service is free of charge, however a deposit or ID is required.
- Programs are available if requested at least 3 weeks prior to the event.