American music, aptly, on tap this weekend

By Lawrence A. Johnson

         It wasn’t planned that way but this week’s historic presidential election provides a bit of serendipitous timing for an aptly celebratory program of American music.

 Alasdair Neale leads the New World Symphony this weekend in Aaron Copland’s epic Symphony No. 3, a grand, sprawling work often pointed to as the great American symphony, not least due to the composer’s incorporation of his majestic Fanfare for the Common Man into the finale.

 Erich Wolfgang Korngold (left) was a Viennese child prodigy who became a naturalized U.S. citizen. His richly melodic Violin Concerto stems from his post-Warner Brothers American years, a virtuosic showpiece in which he incorporates themes from several of his film scores. Vadim Gluzman will be the soloist.

This weekend’s program will lead off with Hymn to the Sun by Kevin Puts, an interesting young composer Neale has championed.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Theatre, 541 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $27-$78. 305-673-3331;

Jascha Heifetz performing the first movement of Korngold’s Violin Concerto. No video but who needs it?

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