Then & Now 12/7: Lou Harrison

Then & Now 12/7: Lou Harrison

On this date in 1975, the Oakland, California, Youth Orchestra gave the first performance of a symphony by a Bay area resident, American composer Lou Harrison. Harrison began sketches for this symphonic score in 1942 and tinkered with it off and on until the day of its premiere, even stapling in 15 additional measures to the young players’ parts at their final dress rehearsal.

Ensemble New SRQ is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lou Harrison with a concert this Monday night at 8:00 at the First Congregational Church in Sarasota.  The concert will feature acclaimed pianist Sarah Cahill and Artistic Director Samantha Bennett in a number of works including the Grand Duo.