Project Description

American River Suite

(Stephen Flaherty)

The piece celebrates the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s historic journey and is composed in five sections, two of which are sung (lyrics by William Schermerhorn.)
Written for orchestra, female soloist(s), fiddle soloist and choir, the piece premiered at New York’s Carnegie Hall in April 2009 with the New York Pops conducted by Steven Reineke, and soloists Idina Menzel and Anika Noni Rose. It was broadcast nationally on July 4, 2009, with Idina Menzel and Audra McDonald as soloists, accompanied by singers from the Choir Academy of Harlem, as part of the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular.
Orchestration by David Hamilton
Running time: 16:48
“Half Moon” from American River Suite by Audra McDonald & The NY Pops Orchestra.
“Majestic Valley” from American River Suite by The NY Pops Orchestra.
“Sparks and Smoke” from American River Suite by The NY Pops Orchestra.
“River At Play” from American River Suite by The NY Pops Orchestra.
“American River” from American River Suite by Idina Menzel & The NY Pops Orchestra.

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Stephen discusses
“American River Suite”
and its creation.

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