When: Sun., Oct. 3, 4 p.m. 2010
I'm really intrigued by California Symphony's 75th Anniversary Tribute to the WPA, the Great Depression's Federal Music Project. Sandwiched between the Overture to Strauss' Die Fledermaus and Beethoven's great Symphony No. 7, two works that have about as much to do with America's heartland as chopped liver, we hear Quiet City and John Henry by one of the WPA's most famous employees, Aaron Copland. Even more unusual, Barry Jekowsky has programmed Remembering Ansel Adams by Ernst Bacon, supervisor of the WPA in San Francisco and conductor of its orchestra from 1935-1937. The concert takes place on Sunday, October 3, at 4 p.m. in Lesher Center for the Arts (1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek). $44-64, students $20.925-280-2490 or CaliforniaSymphony.org.
Jason Victor Serinus