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The Amherst Symphony Orchestra ("ASO") celebrates Homecoming 2023 at Amherst College. Mark Swanson directs. The concert is FREE, with general seating.

With libretto by Neil Bicknell ’64 and music by renowned Black American composer Adolphus Hailstork, "JFK: The Last Speech" is an orchestral setting of Kennedy's prose and Robert Frost's poetry in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of JFK's iconic address at Amherst on Oct. 26, 1963. The Amherst Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Mark Lane Swanson, present the first collegiate performance of this new masterwork, which was commissioned by members of the Amherst class of 1964 through their non-profit, Reunion '64, Inc., and co-commissioned by the Dallas, Indianapolis and National Symphony Orchestras. The work received its world premiere performance on July 16, 2023, at the Colorado Music Festival.

Katerina Burton, soprano, is guest vocal soloist, reprising her performance of "JFK: The Last Speech" two weeks earlier at the Kennedy Center. Kennedy's call to public service and advocacy for the role of the arts in American society is as timely today as they were when uttered 60 years ago. The program also features short works by Bernstein, Barber, Copland and Tower.

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