O Beautiful! American Music
O Beautiful! American Music presented new American music for voices with commentary by Meredith Monk, Tania Leon, William Bolcom, Eric Salzman, Ronald Gold, Elliot Levine, Gayla Morgan and Billy Joel. These composers share an alert ear for the cultural tradition of ensemble singing and the imagination to bring it alive for today's listeners. The excitement of new idioms that spring from musicians of differing backgrounds interacting with one another was reflected in the featured works and expresses the unique ethos and the lively genius of American culture.