Aaron Copland’s three beloved ballet scores from the 1930s and 40s — “Appalachian Spring,” “Billy the Kid” and “Rodeo” — are concert hall staples. But did you know he wrote six ballets? The three you never hear are “Gohg” (1922-25), “Hear ye! Hear ye!” (1934) and “Dance Panels: A Ballet in Seven Sections” (1959).

With music director Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra embarking on a three-CD recording project that will document all six Copland ballets on the Naxos label, local audiences are going to get a crash course in the subject. The cycle got off to an invigorating start Friday morning with a lively reading of “Dance Panels.”

RTWT

2 Comments

  1. Wow! I wonder why they haven’t had at least highlights programmed. Is it possible they really aren’t interesting?

  2. Maybe time will tell … if I purchase the recordings I’ll let you know! :-)