Hailed as the “dean of American composers” by his peers and critics, Aaron Copland (1900-90) was one of the driving forces in creating a definitive American sound in concert music. As an author, Copland wrote books which presented aspects of classical music in a way which appealed to musicians and non-musicians alike; as an educator, he was devoted to helping develop young talent. Igor Stravinsky once famously remarked, “Why call Copland a great American composer? He’s a great composer!”

Jane Ellen is the consummate storyteller with eclectic interests, specializing in music and entertainment history. She is an award-winning composer and recording artist who shares her passion for music, history, and spirituality with Albuquerque audiences. With a catalogue of more than 60 published works and numerous choral and chamber commissions, her music has been performed internationally.