Americana @ DePaul University

February 29, 2024
7:00 pm
$25 General Admission (Students are free!)
Americana @ DePaul University
Picosa Music

Picosa’s program explores the many facets of the American experience with guest artist Jack Zimmerman.  Howard Whitaker’s This Vale of Tears opens the program with jazz influences and a statement about the impact of violence in American society.  Shawn Okpebholo’s CryptOlogiE is a complex work that playfully incorporates the initials of his daughters in morse code.  Jack Zimmerman joins the ensemble in John Harbison’s Songs America Loves to Sing as he shares a delightful memory riding his bike through Iowa.  Finally, the program closes with Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring which has become among the most iconic American pieces, written by the son of immigrants.


Howard Whitaker | This Vale of Tears (full ensemble)
John Harbison | Songs America Loves to Sing (full ensemble and speaker)
Shawn Okpebholo | CryptOlogiE (full ensemble)
Aaron Copland arr. Kirk | Appalachian Spring (full ensemble)

Picosa Artists
Jennie Oh Brown | flute
Andrea R. DiOrio | clarinet
Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite | violin
Paula Kosower | cello
Kuang-Hao Huang | piano

Guest Artist
Jack Zimmerman | writer/storyteller

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