José Luis Gomez, conductor
Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus Overture
Ulysses Kay: Six Dances for string orchestra
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Waltzes, first sequence
Edward “Duke” Ellington: Harlem (orch. Luther Henderson & Maurice Peress)
Maurice Ravel: La valse
Come dance with me as I take you across the floor in some wonderful interpretations of the waltz. While you take a breath, listen to the music of Duke Ellington, which the Duke himself played at the piano with leading American orchestras. And allow me to introduce the music of Ulysses Kay, a native of Tucson who studied at the University of Arizona, the first African-American composer to win the Rome Prize, who also chaired the Pulitzer Prize jury.
Desert Leaf published an article about Ulysses Kay and these upcoming performances.