This is a program of quintessential American music. Gershwin, the leading American composer of the Jazz Age, drew his inspiration from music halls and vaudeville. This is no more apparent than in his charming, jazzy Promenade and the rip-roaring Piano Concerto in F, performed with brio by our returning soloist and Gershwin specialist Jon Kimura Parker. Dvořák, on his visit to America in the 1890s, drew inspiration from folk songs and spirituals and incorporated original themes based on these melodies into his works. On the podium is James Gaffigan, one of the most important young American conductors today. Philadelphian Samuel Barber went on to become one of the most prominent musical figures in developing a new American romantic style.