You won't find many happy faces at U.S. gas stations these days. But back in the 1930s, Virgil Thomson thought a gas station would make a great setting for his new ballet Filling Station, about one evening's dramas large and small. Filling Station was the first all-American ballet: American music, design, choreography, setting - the works. And it was influential. Thomson's success emboldened another composer to try a ballet with an American theme, and Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid would be on stage by later that year. We hear Filling Station in the noon hour on GPB. No prices per gallon are specified.
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