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Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue: A Centenary Celebration

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0472
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Cover of the original sheet music of Rhapsody in Blue, 1927

George Gershwin's groundbreaking fusion of classical music and jazz, Rhapsody in Blue, is one of America's most beloved cultural icons, a symbol of the nation's melting pot self-image, its vigor, optimism, and constant reinvention.

Popular pianist and speaker Rachel Franklin celebrates this very big birthday by diving into how Gershwin conceived the work; the roles of arranger Ferde Grofé and bandleader Paul Whiteman; and the composition's myriad reincarnations since its exuberant premiere with Gershwin at the piano on February 12, 1924, as part of a concert titled “An Experiment in Modern Music."

British-born Franklin has been a featured speaker for organizations including the Library of Congress and NPR, exploring intersections among classical and jazz music, film scores, and the fine arts.

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