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Tacoma Symphony opens season with all-American program featuring pianist Andrew Armstrong

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Oct. 19, 2009 at 6:13 am |
October 21, 2009 2:54 pm

It’s good, solid, all-American fare: Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein and Dvorak all on the same program for the season kick-off by the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra this Saturday night.

The program includes favorite evergreens like Dvorak’s romantic “New World” symphony, the brassy “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Copland and Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story” (you’ll recognize the show themes instantly.)
But the highlight is probably American piano soloist Andrew Armstrong, who made a hit at the Van Cliburn competition in 1993 and hasn’t looked back since, performing around the country. He’ll be playing Gershwin’s jazz-inspired “Rhapsody in Blue.”

The TSO plays 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets $12-$62. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org, www.tacomasymphony.org

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