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American composers have a long history of studying in Paris. Aaron Copland and George Walker, the first African-American composer to earn a Pulitzer Prize for music, both visited the City of Lights to study with famed pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. Featured in this program is Nadia’s younger sister Lili, a supremely gifted composer who became the first female to win the Prix de Rome. Gershwin, who traveled to meet Nadia Boulanger, wrote his iconic An American in Paris there. The remaining works on the program by Ravel and Milhaud date from the heady 1920s, when jazz idioms made their way into the works of many of France’s most distinguished composers. Discover the influences one city can have in the world of music.