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Gershwin Rhapsodies

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Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Yana Reznik, piano

Cuban Overture
Rhapsody in Blue
Lullaby for Strings
2nd Rhapsody
An American in Paris

This program, with guest pianist Yana Reznik, who was born in Moscow and now lives in Chicago, features Cuban Overture, written after Gershwin’s visit to Havana in 1932; Lullaby for Strings, highlighting the spectacular strings of the ESO; and 2nd Rhapsody, which may be the most experimental of his works. The concerts also hold Rhapsody in Blue, described by Gershwin as a “musical kaleidoscope of America, of our vast melting pot.” The program concludes with his iconic tone poem American in Paris, which depicts busy Parisian streets traversed by an American tourist in the 1920s.

“Gershwin played tennis frequently with the 20th-century serial composer Arnold Schoenberg.  One day Gershwin asked if he could study composition with Schoenberg.  Schoenberg asked him how much money he made that year and surmised that maybe he should study with Gershwin!” Andrew Grams


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