SMU’S Meadows School of the Arts presents Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring
Appalachian Spring debuted on Oct. 30, 1944, and enjoyed instant success. Set in rural Pennsylvania during the 19th century, the ballet tells the story of newlyweds building their first home and ruminating on their future life. The story evokes a simpler time and place that appealed to American audiences who were still negotiating their role in the Second World War. Rooted in Americana, the ballet has continued to resonate with audiences since its first performance.
Dancers from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University will be the first to perform Martha Graham’s iconic choreography for Appalachian Spring with a new version of Aaron Copland’s score for full orchestra, completed in collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. The Meadows Symphony Orchestra and the Meadows Dance Ensemble will debut this new version of the music during Meadows at the Winspear.
Appalachian Spring will be performed as part of the Meadows School’s 23rd annual gala benefit concert, honoring Dallas philanthropist and civic leader Donna Wilhelm. Following the premiere, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore School of the Arts’ Dance Ensemble will perform the ballet to the new edition of the score.