Appalachian Spring

In 1944 Aaron Copland, the quintessential American composer, and Martha Graham, one of the most famous American dancers and choreographers of all time, came together to create Appalachian Spring, a joyous ballet about Shaker pioneers in the Pennsylvania hills. The choreography is entertaining and innovative, and Martha Graham plays the role of a young bride so gracefully. The music is classic Copland, and quotes the Shaker hymn “Tis the Gift to be Simple.”

 

 

Watch some of the choreography here:

 

Musical Christmas Gift Guide!

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