What defines "American" music?
Is it something grand and pastoral? Or, perhaps, its something dark and intensely urban?
Maybe, it's a little of both.
At least that's the suggestion that one can glean from Sacramento Philharmonic conductor Michael Morgan's choice of works for the orchestra's "American Stories" concert.
That concert will be performed Friday evening at Sacramento's Guild Theater (also at 8 p.m. Saturday at Roseville's Magic Circle Theatre and 3 p.m. Sunday at Orangevale's Temple Or Rishon) as part of the Sacramento Philharmonic's smaller format "Signature Series" concerts.
The concert will begin with Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 in F, also known as "American." Sacramento Philharmonic principal clarinetist Ginger Kroft Barnetson will perform Leonard Bernstein's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, accompanied by Theresa Keene.
Also on the program are selections from African American composers Calvin Taylor and Margaret Bonds. The concert concludes with Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring".
What can be more "American" than that?
8 p.m., Friday
2814 35th St., Sacramento
8 p.m., Saturday
Magic Ciecle Theatre
241 Vernon St., Roseville
3 p.m., Sunday
Temple Or Rishon
7755 Hazel Ave., Orangevale
Information: (916) 732-9045 or www.sacphil.org