Symphonic Music, American Style: 3 Must-Hear Albums

Throughout the summer we're searching for the "Great American Symphony." It's not exactly a popularity contest. Instead, we're pondering American symphonic music from both the past and the present. Some composers like the young Kevin Puts and the veteran Martin Boykan, are labeling their pieces as symphonies. Others, like Michael Daugherty, can prefer more playful titles.

Either way, hear excerpts from three albums of recent, symphonic-sized works that we're excited about - - including an advance preview of the Kevin Puts album, which is being released on Sept. 10.

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