A “classic” is something of highest quality that helps define its time. The Chamber Players of the South, under the direction of Sam Baltzer, will bring some American musical classics to life at the Creative Arts Guild on Sunday at 3 p.m.
The program includes “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland and several shorter pieces. The two major works have been used in movie soundtracks and television commercials and are two of the most familiar and beloved of all American masterpieces.
“Rhapsody in Blue” premiered in 1924 and demonstrated a successful merger of classical and jazz styles. “Appalachian Spring,” with its famous inclusion of the folk hymn “Simple Gifts,” helped to establish a uniquely American musical language that is powerful, energetic, high-spirited and at times tender and poignant.
The Chamber Players of the South is a 25-member professional chamber orchestra that has performed for Shorter University opera productions, ballet and musical theater shows, and in concert. Its members also perform with orchestras in Rome, Macon, Savannah, Chattanooga and Birmingham, Ala.
The piano soloist for “Rhapsody” is Rebekah Jordan-Miller, who was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and recently completed her doctoral studies in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. She has performed widely, both as a soloist and as a collaborative artist, in venues throughout Canada, the United States, Austria, Australia and Norway, including for Vermont Public Radio.
Jordan-Miller has produced two CD projects. She recorded the first, “Let Heaven Kiss Earth,” when she was 19, with proceeds benefiting the work of Samaritan’s Purse. The second, “The Sounds of Four Hands,” features music for four hands at one piano and was recorded with Howard Kim.
“American Classics” is presented by Rome’s Own Musical Ensembles in collaboration with Dalton State College and the Creative Arts Guild. Tickets are $10, either in advance or at the door. The public may purchase tickets at the Creative Arts Guild at 520 W. Waugh St. in Dalton.