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George  Gershwin

Born: September 26th, 1898
Died: July 11th, 1937
Country of origin: United States of America
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Conductor: Rob Fisher
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2018-08-18 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Embarcadera Marina Park South
Conductor: Peter Stark
Orchestra: National Children's Orchestra
2018-08-18 | Leeds (United Kingdom), Leeds Town Hall — 18:30

George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second of four children from a close-knit Russian Jewish immigrant family. At the age of 16, the young George quit school and began his musical career as a song-plugger on New York's Tin Pan Alley. He was soon writing his own songs and his first published work "When You Want ‘Em, You Can't Get ‘Em", demonstrated innovative new songwriting techniques and earned him all of five dollars. Soon after, however, he met a young lyricist named Irving Ceaser and together they would compose a long list of popular songs including "Swanee," which scored Gershwin his first big national hit.

"Swanee" would be followed in short order by a series of nearly forty-five more songs; among them "Somebody Loves Me" and "Stairway to Paradise," as well as the twenty-five-minute opera, "Blue Monday." Composed in five days, "Blue Monday," though a work of Gershwin juvenilia, offered hints of great musical development to come.

Gershwin's first collaboration with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin, produced the Broadway hit "Lady Be Good" which included such standards as "Fascinating Rhythm" and "The Man I Love." It was the beginning of a partnership that would continue for the rest of the composer's life and would elevate the musical comedy to an American art form. Musicals including "Oh Kay!" and "Funny Face", starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele, were created increasingly alongside more serious symphonic works as Gershwin aimed to make his mark in the concert world.

Gershwin's jazz-influenced Rhapsody in Blue for piano and orchestra premiered in New York's Aeolian Hall at a concert entitled "An Experiment in Music" when the composer was still in his twenties. It would prove to be his most popular symphonic work. Among those in attendance at the premiere were Jascha Heifitz, Fritz Kreisler, Leopold Stokowski, Serge Rachmaninov, and Igor Stravinsky. Gershwin followed this success with his Piano Concerto in F and the now legendary tone poem An American in Paris which he wrote during an extended stay in Paris. French music, in particular the composers Debussy and Ravel, would prove to have a lasting influence on Gershwin's classical music. Critics were often at a loss as to where to place Gershwin's classical music in the standard repertoire and some simply dismissed him, but the music always found favor with the general public. He was very soon widely acclaimed in the concert world as piano virtuoso, conductor and composer.

Back on Broadway, George and Ira Gershwin continued to experiment with novel ideas and their hit show Of Thee I Sing dealt pointedly with social issues of the time, becoming the first musical comedy to win the Pulitzer Prize. This feat was soon followed by the premiere of Gershwin's folk opera and most ambitious work to date Porgy and Bess which had only moderate success. Now recognized as one of the seminal works of American opera, it includes such timeless favorites as "It Ain't Necessarily So," "I Loves You, Porgy," and "Summertime."

Shortly after the premiere of Porgy and Bess, Gershwin moved to Hollywood to score a series of successful films but while there became ill. At the time of his premature death at the age of 38, Gershwin had plans to return to New York and was contemplating work on a new symphony, opera, and ballet. These compositions were not to be. Today he remains one of America's, indeed one of the world's, most beloved composers.

Conductor: Rob Fisher
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2018-08-18 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Embarcadera Marina Park South
Conductor: Peter Stark
Orchestra: National Children's Orchestra
2018-08-18 | Leeds (United Kingdom), Leeds Town Hall — 18:30
Conductor: Rob Fisher
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2018-08-18 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Embarcadera Marina Park South
Conductor: John DeMain
Orchestra: John Keene
2018-08-18 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), McCaw Hall
Conductor: Richard Pontzious
Orchestra: Asian Youth Orchestra
2018-08-19 | Chiayi (China, People's Republic), City Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: John DeMain
Orchestra: John Keene
2018-08-19 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), McCaw Hall
Conductor: Richard Pontzious
Orchestra: Asian Youth Orchestra
2018-08-21 | Taipei (China, People's Republic), National Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Alastair Willis
Orchestra: Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra
2018-08-21 | Fish Creek, WI (United States of America), Door County Auditorium
Conductor: Ron Spigelman
Orchestra: Ocean City POPS
2018-08-22 | Ocean City, NJ (United States of America), Music Pier
Conductor: John DeMain
Orchestra: John Keene
2018-08-22 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), McCaw Hall
Conductor: Stefan Solyom
Orchestra: Norrköpings Symfoniorkester
2018-08-23 | Linköping (Sweden), Borggården — 19:00
Conductor: Lt. Philip Emory
Orchestra: United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra/Cape Symphony
2018-08-24 | Eastham, MA (United States of America), Salt Pond Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater
Conductor: Marin Alsop
Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
2018-08-24 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Usher Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Pasquale Laurino
Orchestra: Racine Symphony Orchestra
2018-08-24 | Racine, WI (United States of America), Festival Hall
Conductor: John DeMain
Orchestra: John Keene
2018-08-24 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), McCaw Hall
Conductor: Jeffrey Reed
Orchestra: Orchestra Kentucky
2018-08-25 | Bowling Green, KY (United States of America), Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center
Conductor: Richard Pontzious
Orchestra: Asian Youth Orchestra
2018-08-25 | Tokyo (Japan), Opera City Concert Hall — 15:00
Conductor: Christian Reif
Orchestra: Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra
2018-08-25 | Brainerd, MN (United States of America), Tornstrom Auditorium
Conductor: John DeMain
Orchestra: John Keene
2018-08-25 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), McCaw Hall
Conductor: Courtney Lewis
Orchestra: Ulster Youth Orchestra
2018-08-25 | Belfast (Ireland), Ulster Hall — 19:45
Conductor: Joshua Weilerstein
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-08-26 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Christian Reif
Orchestra: Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra
2018-08-26 | Brainerd, MN (United States of America), Tornstrom Auditorium
Conductor: Hilary Griffiths
Orchestra: Kammerphilharmonie Lübeck
2018-08-31 | Eutin (Germany), Seebühne — 20:00
Conductor: Hilary Griffiths
Orchestra: Kammerphilharmonie Lübeck
2018-08-31 | Eutin (Germany), Seebühne — 20:00
Conductor: Wim van Herk
Orchestra: Holland Orkest Combinatie
2018-08-31 | Ermelo (Netherlands), Oud Groevenbeek — 20:15
Conductor: Hilary Griffiths
Orchestra: Kammerphilharmonie Lübeck
2018-08-31 | Eutin (Germany), Seebühne — 20:00
Conductor: Wim van Herk
Orchestra: Holland Orkest Combinatie
2018-08-31 | Ermelo (Netherlands), Oud Groevenbeek — 20:15
Conductor: Joseph Sieber
Orchestra: Zentralschweizer Jugendsinfonieorchester ZJSO
2018-09-01 | Luzern (Switzerland), KKL, Konzertsaal — 22:00
Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra: Toruńska Orkiestra Symfoniczna
2018-09-02 | Toruń (Poland), CKK Jordanki — 18:00
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Orchestra: Helsingin Kaupunginorkesteri (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
2018-09-07 | Helsinki (Finland), Musiikkitalo — 19:00
Conductor: Alexander Kalajdzic
Orchestra: Bielefelder Philharmoniker
2018-09-08 | Bielefeld (Germany), Rudolf-Oetker-Halle — 18:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-08 | Pulheim (Germany), Abtei Brauweiler — 20:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-08 | Pulheim (Germany), Abtei Brauweiler — 20:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-08 | Pulheim (Germany), Abtei Brauweiler — 20:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-08 | Pulheim (Germany), Abtei Brauweiler — 20:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Leo Siberski
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau
2018-09-13 | Zwickau (Germany), Konzert- und Ballhaus Neue Welt
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: WDR Funkhausorchester Köln
2018-09-14 | Köln (Germany), Funkhaus — 20:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: WDR Funkhausorchester Köln
2018-09-14 | Köln (Germany), Funkhaus — 20:00
Conductor: Leo Siberski
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau
2018-09-14 | Plauen (Germany), Vogtlandtheater
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: WDR Funkhausorchester Köln
2018-09-14 | Köln (Germany), Funkhaus am Wallrafplatz
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: WDR Funkhausorchester Köln
2018-09-14 | Köln (Germany), Funkhaus — 20:00
Conductor: Steven Sloane
Orchestra: Malmö Operaorkester
2018-09-14 | Malmö (Sweden), Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-16 | Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Germany), Flora Westfalica-Park — 17:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-16 | Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Germany), Flora Westfalica-Park — 17:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-16 | Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Germany), Flora Westfalica-Park — 17:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-16 | Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Germany), Flora-Westfalica-Park — 17:00
Conductor: Desar Sulejmani
Orchestra: Deutsche Rhein-Philharmonie
2018-09-22 | Königswinter (Germany), CJD Christophorusschule — 19:00
Conductor: Veli-Antti Koivuranta
Orchestra: Helsinginkadun Filharmonikot
2018-09-26 | Helsinki (Finland), Työväenopisto Concert Hall
Conductor: Russell Harris
Orchestra: Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach
2018-09-27 | Gotha (Germany), Kulturhaus — 20:00
Conductor: Jules van Hessen
Orchestra: Maestro Jules Orkest
2018-09-27 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw
Conductor: Russell Harris
Orchestra: Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach
2018-09-28 | Eisenach (Germany), Landestheater — 19:30
Conductor: Hermann Bäumer
Orchestra: Hofer Symphoniker
2018-09-28 | Hof (Germany), Freiheitshalle — 19:30
Conductor: Veli-Antti Koivuranta
Orchestra: Helsinginkadun Filharmonikot
2018-09-29 | Helsinki (Finland), University Hall
2018-09-29 | London (United Kingdom), St Katherine Cree Church — 19.30
Conductor: Stephen Belinfante
Orchestra: Cheltenham Cantilena Orchestra
2018-09-30 | Cheltenham (United Kingdom), Cheltenham Town Hall — 15:00
Conductor: Christopher Confessore
Orchestra: Alabama Symphony Orchestra
2018-10-03 | Birmingham, AL (United States of America), Wright Center Samford University
Conductor: Leonid Grin
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile
2018-10-05 | Santiago (Chile), Teatro Universidad de Chile — 19:40
Conductor: Jaime Martin
Orchestra: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
2018-10-05 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Leonid Grin
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile
2018-10-06 | Santiago (Chile), Teatro Universidad de Chile — 19:40
Conductor: Aleksandar Marković
Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester
2018-10-06 | Bad Wörishofen (Germany), Kursaal — 19:00
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-11 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: Tom Crowley
Orchestra: Cork Concert Orchestra
2018-10-13 | Cork (Ireland), Cork City Hall — 20:00
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-13 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 18:30
Conductor: Daniel Carlberg
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-10-14 | Kiel (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Daniel Carlberg
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-10-15 | Kiel (Germany), Theater
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-17 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-19 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-24 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-10-24 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-26 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-27 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 18:30
Conductor: Michael Millard
Orchestra: Collegium Musicum Aschaffenburg
2018-10-27 | Aschaffenburg (Germany), Stadthalle — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-29 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-31 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-11-03 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 15:00
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-11-08 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-11-10 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 18:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-11-14 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2018-11-15 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-11-17 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 15:00
Conductor: Matthew Andrews
Orchestra: Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-12-08 | Norwich (United Kingdom), St Andrew\'s Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Matthew Andrews
Orchestra: Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-12-08 | Norwich (United Kingdom), St Andrew\'s Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Johannes Willig
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-12-16 | Kiel (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Johannes Willig
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-12-17 | Kiel (Germany), Theater
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2018-12-30 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper unter den Linden
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2018-12-31 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper unter den Linden
Orchestra: Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
2019-01-01 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-01 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Ivan Repušić
Orchestra: Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover
2019-01-01 | Hannover (Germany), Staatsoper — 12:00
Conductor: Ivan Repušić
Orchestra: Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover
2019-01-01 | Hannover (Germany), Staatsoper — 19:30
Conductor: Pekka Kuusisto
Orchestra: Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
2019-01-01 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 18:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-01 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-02 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-02 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-13 | Rotterdam (Netherlands), De Doelen Konzertsaal — 14:15
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-16 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-18 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-20 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 14:00
Conductor: Russell Keable
Orchestra: Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2019-01-22 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-22 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-25 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-27 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 14:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-29 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-31 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-02-02 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-02-03 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal
Conductor: Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2019-02-07 | Dundee (United Kingdom), Caird Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2019-02-08 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Usher Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2019-02-09 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-10 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper | First Night
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-14 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-18 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-22 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-25 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Robert Hodge
Orchestra: Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
2019-03-24 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall — 18:30
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2019-04-04 | Wien (Austria), ORF RadioKulturhaus
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2019-04-06 | Wien (Austria), Musikverein
Conductor: Brad Lubman
Orchestra: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
2019-04-11 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), SWR Studio, Emmerich-Smola-Saal — 13:00
Conductor: Brad Lubman
Orchestra: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
2019-04-12 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Funkhaus Halberg — 13:00

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  1. Summertime

    Summertime

    from "Porgy And Bess"
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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    text writer: Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation: trumpet
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    Language: englisch
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    Prelude No. 2

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation: viola and piano
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  3. I Got Rhythm

    I Got Rhythm

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation: piano
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    3 Preludes

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    3 Preludes

    arranged for Organ after the Piano Pieces
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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    Editor: Sach, Ralf
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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation: tenor saxophone in Bb and piano
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    Instrumentation: alto saxophone in Eb and piano
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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
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    3 Preludes

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation: clarinet in Bb and piano
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    3 Preludes

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
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Profile

George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second of four children from a close-knit Russian Jewish immigrant family. At the age of 16, the young George quit school and began his musical career as a song-plugger on New York's Tin Pan Alley. He was soon writing his own songs and his first published work "When You Want ‘Em, You Can't Get ‘Em", demonstrated innovative new songwriting techniques and earned him all of five dollars. Soon after, however, he met a young lyricist named Irving Ceaser and together they would compose a long list of popular songs including "Swanee," which scored Gershwin his first big national hit.

"Swanee" would be followed in short order by a series of nearly forty-five more songs; among them "Somebody Loves Me" and "Stairway to Paradise," as well as the twenty-five-minute opera, "Blue Monday." Composed in five days, "Blue Monday," though a work of Gershwin juvenilia, offered hints of great musical development to come.

Gershwin's first collaboration with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin, produced the Broadway hit "Lady Be Good" which included such standards as "Fascinating Rhythm" and "The Man I Love." It was the beginning of a partnership that would continue for the rest of the composer's life and would elevate the musical comedy to an American art form. Musicals including "Oh Kay!" and "Funny Face", starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele, were created increasingly alongside more serious symphonic works as Gershwin aimed to make his mark in the concert world.

Gershwin's jazz-influenced Rhapsody in Blue for piano and orchestra premiered in New York's Aeolian Hall at a concert entitled "An Experiment in Music" when the composer was still in his twenties. It would prove to be his most popular symphonic work. Among those in attendance at the premiere were Jascha Heifitz, Fritz Kreisler, Leopold Stokowski, Serge Rachmaninov, and Igor Stravinsky. Gershwin followed this success with his Piano Concerto in F and the now legendary tone poem An American in Paris which he wrote during an extended stay in Paris. French music, in particular the composers Debussy and Ravel, would prove to have a lasting influence on Gershwin's classical music. Critics were often at a loss as to where to place Gershwin's classical music in the standard repertoire and some simply dismissed him, but the music always found favor with the general public. He was very soon widely acclaimed in the concert world as piano virtuoso, conductor and composer.

Back on Broadway, George and Ira Gershwin continued to experiment with novel ideas and their hit show Of Thee I Sing dealt pointedly with social issues of the time, becoming the first musical comedy to win the Pulitzer Prize. This feat was soon followed by the premiere of Gershwin's folk opera and most ambitious work to date Porgy and Bess which had only moderate success. Now recognized as one of the seminal works of American opera, it includes such timeless favorites as "It Ain't Necessarily So," "I Loves You, Porgy," and "Summertime."

Shortly after the premiere of Porgy and Bess, Gershwin moved to Hollywood to score a series of successful films but while there became ill. At the time of his premature death at the age of 38, Gershwin had plans to return to New York and was contemplating work on a new symphony, opera, and ballet. These compositions were not to be. Today he remains one of America's, indeed one of the world's, most beloved composers.

Works
Performances
Conductor: Rob Fisher
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2018-08-18 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Embarcadera Marina Park South
Conductor: Peter Stark
Orchestra: National Children's Orchestra
2018-08-18 | Leeds (United Kingdom), Leeds Town Hall — 18:30
Conductor: Rob Fisher
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2018-08-18 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Embarcadera Marina Park South
Conductor: John DeMain
Orchestra: John Keene
2018-08-18 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), McCaw Hall
Conductor: Richard Pontzious
Orchestra: Asian Youth Orchestra
2018-08-19 | Chiayi (China, People's Republic), City Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: John DeMain
Orchestra: John Keene
2018-08-19 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), McCaw Hall
Conductor: Richard Pontzious
Orchestra: Asian Youth Orchestra
2018-08-21 | Taipei (China, People's Republic), National Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Alastair Willis
Orchestra: Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra
2018-08-21 | Fish Creek, WI (United States of America), Door County Auditorium
Conductor: Ron Spigelman
Orchestra: Ocean City POPS
2018-08-22 | Ocean City, NJ (United States of America), Music Pier
Conductor: John DeMain
Orchestra: John Keene
2018-08-22 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), McCaw Hall
Conductor: Stefan Solyom
Orchestra: Norrköpings Symfoniorkester
2018-08-23 | Linköping (Sweden), Borggården — 19:00
Conductor: Lt. Philip Emory
Orchestra: United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra/Cape Symphony
2018-08-24 | Eastham, MA (United States of America), Salt Pond Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater
Conductor: Marin Alsop
Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
2018-08-24 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Usher Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Pasquale Laurino
Orchestra: Racine Symphony Orchestra
2018-08-24 | Racine, WI (United States of America), Festival Hall
Conductor: John DeMain
Orchestra: John Keene
2018-08-24 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), McCaw Hall
Conductor: Jeffrey Reed
Orchestra: Orchestra Kentucky
2018-08-25 | Bowling Green, KY (United States of America), Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center
Conductor: Richard Pontzious
Orchestra: Asian Youth Orchestra
2018-08-25 | Tokyo (Japan), Opera City Concert Hall — 15:00
Conductor: Christian Reif
Orchestra: Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra
2018-08-25 | Brainerd, MN (United States of America), Tornstrom Auditorium
Conductor: John DeMain
Orchestra: John Keene
2018-08-25 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), McCaw Hall
Conductor: Courtney Lewis
Orchestra: Ulster Youth Orchestra
2018-08-25 | Belfast (Ireland), Ulster Hall — 19:45
Conductor: Joshua Weilerstein
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-08-26 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Christian Reif
Orchestra: Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra
2018-08-26 | Brainerd, MN (United States of America), Tornstrom Auditorium
Conductor: Hilary Griffiths
Orchestra: Kammerphilharmonie Lübeck
2018-08-31 | Eutin (Germany), Seebühne — 20:00
Conductor: Hilary Griffiths
Orchestra: Kammerphilharmonie Lübeck
2018-08-31 | Eutin (Germany), Seebühne — 20:00
Conductor: Wim van Herk
Orchestra: Holland Orkest Combinatie
2018-08-31 | Ermelo (Netherlands), Oud Groevenbeek — 20:15
Conductor: Hilary Griffiths
Orchestra: Kammerphilharmonie Lübeck
2018-08-31 | Eutin (Germany), Seebühne — 20:00
Conductor: Wim van Herk
Orchestra: Holland Orkest Combinatie
2018-08-31 | Ermelo (Netherlands), Oud Groevenbeek — 20:15
Conductor: Joseph Sieber
Orchestra: Zentralschweizer Jugendsinfonieorchester ZJSO
2018-09-01 | Luzern (Switzerland), KKL, Konzertsaal — 22:00
Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra: Toruńska Orkiestra Symfoniczna
2018-09-02 | Toruń (Poland), CKK Jordanki — 18:00
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Orchestra: Helsingin Kaupunginorkesteri (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
2018-09-07 | Helsinki (Finland), Musiikkitalo — 19:00
Conductor: Alexander Kalajdzic
Orchestra: Bielefelder Philharmoniker
2018-09-08 | Bielefeld (Germany), Rudolf-Oetker-Halle — 18:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-08 | Pulheim (Germany), Abtei Brauweiler — 20:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-08 | Pulheim (Germany), Abtei Brauweiler — 20:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-08 | Pulheim (Germany), Abtei Brauweiler — 20:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-08 | Pulheim (Germany), Abtei Brauweiler — 20:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Nicolas Guiraud
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique des Opéras en Plein Air
2018-09-09 | Paris (France), Hôtel National des Invalides — 18:00
Conductor: Leo Siberski
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau
2018-09-13 | Zwickau (Germany), Konzert- und Ballhaus Neue Welt
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: WDR Funkhausorchester Köln
2018-09-14 | Köln (Germany), Funkhaus — 20:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: WDR Funkhausorchester Köln
2018-09-14 | Köln (Germany), Funkhaus — 20:00
Conductor: Leo Siberski
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau
2018-09-14 | Plauen (Germany), Vogtlandtheater
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: WDR Funkhausorchester Köln
2018-09-14 | Köln (Germany), Funkhaus am Wallrafplatz
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: WDR Funkhausorchester Köln
2018-09-14 | Köln (Germany), Funkhaus — 20:00
Conductor: Steven Sloane
Orchestra: Malmö Operaorkester
2018-09-14 | Malmö (Sweden), Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-16 | Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Germany), Flora Westfalica-Park — 17:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-16 | Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Germany), Flora Westfalica-Park — 17:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-16 | Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Germany), Flora Westfalica-Park — 17:00
Conductor: Mihkel Kütson
Orchestra: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
2018-09-16 | Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Germany), Flora-Westfalica-Park — 17:00
Conductor: Desar Sulejmani
Orchestra: Deutsche Rhein-Philharmonie
2018-09-22 | Königswinter (Germany), CJD Christophorusschule — 19:00
Conductor: Veli-Antti Koivuranta
Orchestra: Helsinginkadun Filharmonikot
2018-09-26 | Helsinki (Finland), Työväenopisto Concert Hall
Conductor: Russell Harris
Orchestra: Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach
2018-09-27 | Gotha (Germany), Kulturhaus — 20:00
Conductor: Jules van Hessen
Orchestra: Maestro Jules Orkest
2018-09-27 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw
Conductor: Russell Harris
Orchestra: Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach
2018-09-28 | Eisenach (Germany), Landestheater — 19:30
Conductor: Hermann Bäumer
Orchestra: Hofer Symphoniker
2018-09-28 | Hof (Germany), Freiheitshalle — 19:30
Conductor: Veli-Antti Koivuranta
Orchestra: Helsinginkadun Filharmonikot
2018-09-29 | Helsinki (Finland), University Hall
2018-09-29 | London (United Kingdom), St Katherine Cree Church — 19.30
Conductor: Stephen Belinfante
Orchestra: Cheltenham Cantilena Orchestra
2018-09-30 | Cheltenham (United Kingdom), Cheltenham Town Hall — 15:00
Conductor: Christopher Confessore
Orchestra: Alabama Symphony Orchestra
2018-10-03 | Birmingham, AL (United States of America), Wright Center Samford University
Conductor: Leonid Grin
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile
2018-10-05 | Santiago (Chile), Teatro Universidad de Chile — 19:40
Conductor: Jaime Martin
Orchestra: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
2018-10-05 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Leonid Grin
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile
2018-10-06 | Santiago (Chile), Teatro Universidad de Chile — 19:40
Conductor: Aleksandar Marković
Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester
2018-10-06 | Bad Wörishofen (Germany), Kursaal — 19:00
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-11 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: Tom Crowley
Orchestra: Cork Concert Orchestra
2018-10-13 | Cork (Ireland), Cork City Hall — 20:00
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-13 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 18:30
Conductor: Daniel Carlberg
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-10-14 | Kiel (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Daniel Carlberg
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-10-15 | Kiel (Germany), Theater
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-17 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-19 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-24 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-10-24 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-26 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-27 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 18:30
Conductor: Michael Millard
Orchestra: Collegium Musicum Aschaffenburg
2018-10-27 | Aschaffenburg (Germany), Stadthalle — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-29 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-10-31 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-11-03 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 15:00
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-11-08 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-11-10 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 18:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-11-14 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2018-11-15 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: English National Opera
2018-11-17 | London (United Kingdom), London Coliseum — 15:00
Conductor: Matthew Andrews
Orchestra: Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-12-08 | Norwich (United Kingdom), St Andrew\'s Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Matthew Andrews
Orchestra: Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-12-08 | Norwich (United Kingdom), St Andrew\'s Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Johannes Willig
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-12-16 | Kiel (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Johannes Willig
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-12-17 | Kiel (Germany), Theater
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2018-12-30 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper unter den Linden
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2018-12-31 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper unter den Linden
Orchestra: Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
2019-01-01 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-01 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Ivan Repušić
Orchestra: Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover
2019-01-01 | Hannover (Germany), Staatsoper — 12:00
Conductor: Ivan Repušić
Orchestra: Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover
2019-01-01 | Hannover (Germany), Staatsoper — 19:30
Conductor: Pekka Kuusisto
Orchestra: Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
2019-01-01 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 18:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-01 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-02 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-02 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-13 | Rotterdam (Netherlands), De Doelen Konzertsaal — 14:15
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-16 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-18 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-20 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 14:00
Conductor: Russell Keable
Orchestra: Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2019-01-22 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-22 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-25 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-27 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 14:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-29 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-31 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-02-02 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-02-03 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal
Conductor: Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2019-02-07 | Dundee (United Kingdom), Caird Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2019-02-08 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Usher Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2019-02-09 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-10 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper | First Night
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-14 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-18 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-22 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-25 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper
Conductor: Robert Hodge
Orchestra: Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
2019-03-24 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall — 18:30
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2019-04-04 | Wien (Austria), ORF RadioKulturhaus
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2019-04-06 | Wien (Austria), Musikverein
Conductor: Brad Lubman
Orchestra: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
2019-04-11 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), SWR Studio, Emmerich-Smola-Saal — 13:00
Conductor: Brad Lubman
Orchestra: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
2019-04-12 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Funkhaus Halberg — 13:00
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    Composer: Gershwin, George
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