Performance Today

with host Fred Child

Copland's American classic

In 1944, Aaron Copland was paid $500 to compose a ballet score for dancer Martha Graham. That's low by today's standards, but the result, Appalachian Spring, became an American classic and won him the Pulitzer Prize. On Thursday's Performance Today from APM, we'll hear the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra perform this Americana gem in Houston, Texas.