Photo: Josh White Jr., David Amram and Richard Ray.

 

Composer, conductor, musician and author David Amram is a Renaissance man of American music. He's composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber works, two operas, worked on the music for 22 Broadway plays and many film scores including Splendor in The Grass and The Manchurian Candidate. Leonard Bernstein chose him as the New York Philharmonic's first composer-in-residence. The short list of his collaborations include Jack Kerouac, Neil Cassidy, Alan Ginsberg, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Dylan, Charles Mingus, Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Patti Smith and Steve Martin. 

He will be conducting his latest compostition, "Symphonic Variations on a Song By Woody Guthrie," with the Colorado Symphony on Saturday night, September 22. Here is a portion of a conversation with CPR's Richard Ray.