From the Transcendentalists of New England to the bright lights of Broadway, Roberta Swedien's "American Classics" is sure to have something for everyone. Hear Aaron Copland's "Hoe-Down" from "Rodeo" arranged for solo piano, selections from "Woodland Sketches" by Edward MacDowell, the mystical "Alcotts" by Charles Ives, the modern piano music of Samuel Barber, ethereal art music from Amy Beach, selections from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" and George Gershwin's Songbook. All paired with American poetry of the time, composer musings and colorful stories of the backstage world from Carnegie Hall to 42nd Street.

A sheer delight! For one who has not had much exposure to classical music it was a superb experience. For me, your words were music too.
— Audience member