Pianist Michael Arnowitt will play music composed by Aaron Copland on Wednesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Waterbury Municipal Center, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury.

Copland created a distinctively American sound in classical music. His landmark compositions from the 1930s and 1940s used energetic jazz rhythms and folk-song material from different regions of the U.S. and Mexico, blended into his own classical music writing style. His signature widely spaced, slow-moving chords helped depict the vast American landscape in contrast to the crowded, densely populated countries of Europe.

Arnowitt will perform and discuss music from Copland’s Four Piano Blues, Piano Variations, El Salon Mexico and the famous “Appalachian Spring.” Also on the program is “Conversation at the Soda Fountain” from the music Copland wrote for the film version of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”

Copland was one of a wave of American composers who traveled to Paris in the early 20th century to study with the renowned teacher Nadia Boulanger at the Fontainebleau School in France. Arnowitt also attended this school in 1980 and will recount anecdotes about Fontainebleau.

Arnowitt, an internationally known classical and jazz pianist, has 30 years of concert experience in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

Information: Judi Byron, 244-7036, judi@waterburypubliclibrary.com.

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