In conjunction with the exhibition 1934: A New Deal for Artists the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will present "1934 in Concert: Composers of the Federal Music Project" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, in the Noble Theater. The evening will consist of a presentation and recital by critically-acclaimed pianist Leslie Amper and will feature works by William Grant Still, Amy Beach, Ernest Bloch, Ruth Crawford, and others.


"When I first envisioned a concert related to 1934: A New Deal for Artists, I knew there would be some delightful pieces to program, but I was unprepared for the happy deluge of American music I found in the WPA Federal Music Project," said Amper.


The lecture and performance will engage audiences and enhance their awareness and understanding of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's initiatives to support artists during the 1930s, including composers employed through the Federal Music Project (FMP).


Joining Amper will be flutist Valerie Watts, an assistant professor of flute, teaching the undergraduate and graduate level, at the University of Oklahoma. Watts is presently principal flute in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.


"1934 in Concert: Composers of the Federal Music Project" is cosponsored by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and  

Oklahoma City Orchestra League.


About 1934: A New Deal for Artists
On view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art through August 21, 2011, 1934: A New Deal for Artists celebrates the 75th  

anniversary of the Public Works of Art Project by drawing on the  

Smithsonian American Art Museum's unparalleled collection of vibrant   

paintings created for the program. The 56 paintings in the exhibition are a lasting visual record of America at a 

specific moment in time. The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian  

American Art Museum. 

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