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‘S Wonderful: The Life and Genius of George Gershwin

A lecture-recital exploring of the colossal, multi-faceted talent of arguably the greatest of American composers, George Gershwin (1898-1937). I show how the power and appeal of Gershwin’s music is based on both his transformation of the American popular song tradition of Tin Pan Alley, and the forging of a unique approach to the classical concert tradition in works such as “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Illustrated with performances and detailed examination of milestone songs and instrumentals, including “Swanee” (1919), Rhapsody in Blue (1924), “Fascinating Rhythm” (1924), the piano Preludes (1926), “Summertime,” (1935) and “Our Love is Here to Stay” (1937), Gershwin’s last completed song before his tragically early death.

Program details on request.