— John Morris Russell, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Rolling River (Sketches on “Shenandoah”) was commissioned by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and its conductor John Morris Russell. It is Boyer’s first orchestral setting of an American folk tune. It was premiered on the Fourth of July 2014, conducted by David Charles Abell (perhaps best known for conducting the Les Misérables 10th and 25th anniversary concerts, seen worldwide). The CPO, under JMR’s direction, performed and recorded Rolling River at Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall on January 23, 24 & 25, 2015, as part of an ambitious project entitled American Originals, which focused largely on the legacy of seminal American songwriter Stephen Foster. The recording was released on Fanfare Cincinnati, the in-house record label of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops, in September 2015. That recording debuted at #5 on the Billboard Classical Album Chart.
Composition Date and Commission
Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the Cincinnati Pops