American composers are on display, including African American trailblazer William Grant Still and Pulitzer Prize-winning Samuel Barber. Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody, often called “Rhapsody in Rivets” for its industrial New York noise, began as a film score and is rife with urban frenzy. Aaron Diehl, a pianist of “individual talent so huge that one day he may extend the jazz tradition” (New York Daily News), performs the Gershwin as well as African American female pioneer composer Florence Price’s Piano Concerto. These concerts continue our celebration of the 1930s, the decade in which the Warner Grand Theater was built.

The MSO Steinway piano was made possible through a generous gift from Michael & Jeanne Schmitz


Gathering Together Safely: Masks are required inside the Bradley Symphony Center and MSO patrons are required to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests prior to concert entry. Click here for current venue policies & details.