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Poulenc & Rachmaninoff

After a personal tragedy and resulting religious experience, Poulenc returned to Catholicism and began writing sacred works.  His celebrated Gloria, written during this emotional time, is performed by the CSO and the CSO Chorus.  Although a sacred work, this piece has been called playful and even theatrical. One of the greatest pianists of all time, Rachmaninoff composed his “Symphonic Dances” after a long break from composing and a move from Europe to the US.  “It should have been called just Dances,” Rachmaninoff told a newspaper reporter, “but I was afraid people would think I had written dance music for jazz orchestra.”   Spotlight Talk: Dean of the School of Music at Lee University and Director of Lee University’s Chorale joins us in the Tivoli Green Room to spotlight Poulenc’s Gloria.