World Premiere: Symphony No. 2 “America” – October 7

The World Premiere of Dan’s Symphony No. 2 “America” will be presented by Maestro John Gordon Ross and the Western Piedmont Symphony on Saturday, October 7 @ 7:30 at Lenoir-Rhyne University, 625 7th Ave NE, in Hickory, North Carolina.

Dan writes, “My Symphony No. 2 “America” unabashedly celebrates America: “The Land of the Free”. Begun in May of 2015, this three-movement composition was completed in July of 2016 and is scored for a large triple-wind symphony orchestra. Approximately 22 minutes in length, each movement is a reflection upon a holiday that is at the heart of America: 1. Independence Day; 2. Memorial Day; 3. Thanksgiving Day. A single, well-known melody associated with the essence of each of these American holidays is heard in each movement.”

Other works on the October 7 program are Moncayo’s Huapango, William Grant Still’s Summerland, Gottschalk’s Grand Tarantelle for piano and orchestra and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with pianist Michael Lewin. For tickets and more concert information, please visit