WCLV TO RE-BROADCAST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA BICENTENNIAL CONCERT THIS JULY 4TH
On January 11, 1976, The
Cleveland Orchestra kicked
off the Cleveland celebrations
of the BiCentennial with a
special concert at Severance
Hall sponsored by TRW, the
long-time Cleveland automotive
and aeronautical firm, since
merged with Northrop-Grumman,
in commemoration of the
BiCentennial and TRW's 75th
The program was broadcast
by WCLV on Sunday,
June 27, 1976, and by
stations across the nation
the following week.
On this Independence Day, July 4th, 2010, at 4:00 PM, WCLV presents a re-broadcast
of this historic concert, The concert was issued in a two LP album and offered as a
premium for the 1976 WCLV/Cleveland Orchestra Marathon.
Here are the details of the progrram:
THE SOUNDS OF AMERICA: 1776 -1976
THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
LORIN MAAZEL, Conductor
Dorothy and Reuben Silver, narrators William Dempsey, baritone
LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-) Overture to "Candide"
Welcome by Horace A. Shepard, Chairman, TRW Inc.
St. Jean de Crevecoeur Letters from an American Farmer
From The Declaration of Independence
Thomas Paine - from The American Crisis
WILLIAM SCHUMAN (1910-) "Chester Revolutionary War Hymn by William Billings (1746-1800) from "New England Triptych"
AARON COPLAND (1900-) "The Gift to be Simple" Shaker melody, well known in 19th century Cleveland, from "Old American Songs" (with Joela Jones, piano)
AARON COPLAND "Variations on a Shaker Theme" from "Appalachian Spring"
Abraham Lincoln - To the Republican National Convention
Robert E. Lee - Farewell to his Army
Abraham Lincoln - from the Second lnaugural Address
WILLIAM GRANT STILL (1895-) Lento from "Afro-American Symphony"
MORTON GOULD (1910-) "American Salute", Variations on
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
DUKE ELLINGTON (1899-1974) "Solitude" (arranged by Morton Gould)
Readings: Israel Zangwill - This Great Melting Pot
Mary Antin - from The Promised Land
Letters from Immigrants
CHARLES IVES (1874-1954) "Redding Center, Conn." from "Three Places in New England"
Readlngs: Henry David Thoreau - Selections from Walden
DONALD ERB (1927-) "Music for a Festive Occasion" for electronic tape with orchestra, completed Fall 1975. (Commissioned for this celebration by TRW Inc.) World premiere.
Martin Luther King, Jr. -At Lincoln Memorial, Washington
Archibald MacLeish - from American Letter
A. DVORAK (1841-1904) Largo from "New World" Symphony
Readings: Samuel L.Clemens (MarkTwain)-from Some Remarks to the New England Society
SCOTT JOPLIN (1868-1917) "The Entertainer," Rag (edited by Gunther Schuller)
Readings: Frank L. Stanton - A Poor Unfortunate
GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937) "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin" from "Porgy and Bess" (with Joela Jones, piano)
GEORGE GERSHWIN Excerpts from "Porgy and Bess" Suite
(arranged by Robert Russell Bennett)