Shenandoah was written as a musical portrayal of the captivating landscapes and memories of the region through the voice of the James Madison University Symphony orchestra. The music serves as a score to a film that captures aerial and on-the-ground footage of the mountains, waterways, and farmland unique to the Shenandoah region of Virginia. Interwoven into the pictorial montage is a story about the memories of life in the valley, evoked by the featured dancer and choreographer, Ashley Thursby. Footage of abandoned elements serve as a window to its past. Shenandoah was written as part of Stem's America By: A Symphonic Tour, a national project created by the composer in 2013.
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World premiere: March 5, 2022: James Madison University Symphony Orchestra (Foster Beyers, conductor); Forbes Center for the Performing Arts