Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Copland's American classic

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Aaron Copland Library of Congress, Music Division

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.