The GMChorale joins the global celebration of the Leonard Bernstein centenary with a program of music by Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Randall Thompson. These giants of the 20th century American musical scene knew each other not only as friends but in deeply influential mentoring and teaching relationships; between them, they created a new, distinctively American sound. Copland’s deep roots in American folk music will be heard in a selection of spiritual arrangements, including his iconic “At the River.” Thompson’s affinity for the singing voice and his sensitive text settings have ensured that his Frostiana and Alleluia remain fresh and compelling. Bernstein’s wide-ranging virtuosity, encompassing the languages of classical, jazz, opera, expressionism, and musical theatre, will be on display in his virtuosic Touches for solo piano and in choral selections from Mass, West Side Story, Peter Pan, and Candide. TIckets at the door are $10-$40; purchase in advance for best value. A PRE-CONCERT TALK begins at 3:15pm in the auditorium for ticket-holders.