The Tender Land: Suite from the opera ‘The Tender Land’ opens the concert. Composed by Aaron Copland 1952-4; originally as a television opera for NBC but rejected by the Network, the work has remained elusive to define and remains largely neglected by opera houses both in the United States and elsewhere. The orchestral suite, dating from 1958, is a small jewel and equal in every respect to its more famous counterpart: Appalachian Spring.
The concert concludes with the new, revised, version of Brenton Broadstock’s Concerto For Orchestra: ‘Made in Heaven’, a homage and symphonic metamorphosis to the iconic 1959 jazz recording Kind of Blue. The title ‘Made In Heaven’ comes from a quote by drummer Jimmy Cobb found on the original LP recording cover notes – “it must have been made in heaven”.
ADO concerts are streamed globally from a non-public venue for an international audience, lasting approximately 50 minutes.