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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: Dan Ettinger
Orchestra: Stuttgarter Philharmoniker
2018-04-19 | Aschaffenburg (Germany), Stadthalle — 19:30
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-19 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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: Dan Ettinger
Orchestra: Stuttgarter Philharmoniker
2018-04-19 | Aschaffenburg (Germany), Stadthalle — 19:30
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-19 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-19 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-19 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-19 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Facundo Agudin
Orchestra: Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn
2018-04-19 | Delèmont (Switzerland), Halle des Expositions — 20:00
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-19 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-20 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-20 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Lucas Richman
Orchestra: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-20 | Murrysville, PA (United States of America), Franklin Regional High School
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-20 | Meißen (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Orchestra: Symphony Nova Scotia
2018-04-20 | Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-20 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-20 | Meißen (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: John Morris Russell
Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-20 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Music Hall
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Orchestra: Symphony Nova Scotia
2018-04-20 | Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-20 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-20 | Meißen (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: John Morris Russel
2018-04-20 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Music Hall
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-20 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: John Morris Russel
2018-04-20 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Music Hall
Conductor: John Morris Russel
2018-04-20 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Music Hall
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Lucas Richman
Orchestra: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-21 | Lower Burrell, PA (United States of America), Burrell High School
Conductor: Lucas Richman
Orchestra: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-21 | Connellsville, PA (United States of America), Connellsville
Conductor: Gene H. Moon
Orchestra: Longview Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-21 | Longview, TX (United States of America), S.E. Belcher Center
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-21 | Neustadt (Germany), Neustadthalle — 19:30
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Orchestra: Symphony Nova Scotia
2018-04-21 | Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Toshiyuki Takahashi
Orchestra: Ensemble Yokogawa
2018-04-21 | Tokyo (Japan), Kioi Hall — 14:00
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-21 | Neustadt (Germany), Neustadthalle — 19:30
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Orchestra: Symphony Nova Scotia
2018-04-21 | Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-21 | Neustadt (Germany), Neustadthalle — 19:30
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Lucas Richman
Orchestra: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-22 | Ligionier, PA (United States of America), Ligionier Valley High School
Conductor: Alex Guthrie
Orchestra: Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-26 | Newcastle (United Kingdom), King\'s Hall, Newcastle University — 19:30
Conductor: Chris George
Orchestra: University of St Andrews Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-26 | St Andrews (United Kingdom), Younger Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Dr. Eugene Dowdy
Orchestra: Symphony of the Hills
2018-04-26 | Kerrville, TX (United States of America), Cailloux Theater
Conductor: Cristian Macelaru
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2018-04-27 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Usher Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thodoris Papadimitriou
Orchestra: Megaro Youth Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-27 | Thessaloniki (Greece), Concert Hall — 21:00
Conductor: Jürgen Boelsen
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester der Städtischen Musikschule Paderborn
2018-04-28 | Paderborn (Germany), PaderHalle — 11:00
Conductor: Jakub Zicha
Orchestra: Pražská komorní filharmonie (Prague Philharmonia)
2018-04-29 | Praha (Czech Republic), International School of Music and Fine Arts
Conductor: Marcin Masecki
2018-04-30 | Warszawa (Poland), Studio Koncertowe Polskiego Radia im. Witolda Lutosławskiego
Conductor: Nicholas Milton
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-05-01 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Nicholas Milton
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-05-02 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Pierre-Adrien Théo
Orchestra: Orchestre des Campus de Grenoble
2018-05-03 | Grenoble (France), (Maison de la Culture — 19:30
Conductor: Simon Johnston
Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
2018-05-03 | London (United Kingdom), St Paul\'s Cathedral — 19:00
Orchestra: Musikschulorchester Nieder-Olm
2018-05-05 | Nieder-Olm (Germany), Ludwig-Eckes-Festhalle — 19:00
Conductor: Joana Carneiro
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2018-05-05 | Saffron Walden (United Kingdom), Saffron Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Manus O’Donnell
Orchestra: Universitätsorchester Mannheim
2018-05-06 | Mannheim (Germany), Schlosskirche — 17:00
Conductor: Nicholas Milton
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-05-06 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 18:00
Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2018-05-06 | Wien (Germany), Konzerthaus — 19:30
Orchestra: London Phoenix Orchestra
2018-05-08 | London (United Kingdom), St John\'s Smith Square — 19:30
Conductor: Manus O’Donnell
Orchestra: Universitätsorchester Mannheim
2018-05-08 | Mannheim (Germany), Schlosskirche — 17:00
Conductor: Alexander G. Adiarte
Orchestra: Junges Kammerorchester Stuttgart
2018-05-08 | Leiden (Netherlands), BplusC — 20:00
Orchestra: London Phoenix Orchestra
2018-05-08 | London (United Kingdom), St John\'s Smith Square — 19:30
Conductor: Alexander G. Adiarte
Orchestra: Junges Kammerorchester Stuttgart
2018-05-10 | Sneek (Netherlands), European Youth Music Festival — 15:00
Conductor: John Andrews
Orchestra: Trinity Orchestra Harrow
2018-05-12 | London (United Kingdom), Trinity Church Harrow — 19:30
Conductor: Yu Long
Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lyon
2018-05-15 | Lyon (France), Auditorium — 20:00
Conductor: Arie van Beek
Orchestra: Orchestre de Picardie
2018-05-17 | Lille (France), Auditorium de Nouveau Siècle — 20:00
Conductor: Arie van Beek
Orchestra: Orchestre de Picardie
2018-05-18 | Lens (France), Le Colisée — 20:00
Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
2018-05-18 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Philharmonie — 19:00
Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
2018-05-18 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Philharmonie — 19:00
Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
2018-05-19 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Philharmonie — 11:00
Conductor: Yu Long
Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lyon
2018-05-19 | Lyon (France), Auditorium — 18:00
Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
2018-05-19 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Philharmonie — 11:00
Conductor: Peter Stark
Orchestra: Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra
2018-05-20 | London (United Kingdom), St John\'s Waterloo — 18:30
Conductor: Thomas Honickel
Orchestra: Oldenburgisches Staatsorchester
2018-05-20 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater — 11:30 - Familienkonzert
Conductor: Eckart Preu
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Halle
2018-05-20 | Halle (Germany), Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Halle — 11:00
Conductor: Eckart Preu
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Halle
2018-05-21 | Halle (Germany), Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Halle — 19:30
Conductor: Arie van Beek
Orchestra: Orchestre de Picardie
2018-05-22 | Valenciennes (France), Le Phénix — 19:00
Conductor: Arie van Beek
Orchestra: Orchestre de Picardie
2018-05-24 | Compiègne (France), Théâtre Impérial — 20:30
Conductor: Sébastien Brugière
Orchestra: Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de Rolle
2018-05-27 | Rolle (Switzerland), Rosey Concert Hall — 17:00
Conductor: Hans Casteleyn
Orchestra: Euregio Jeugdorkest
2018-05-28 | Rotterdam (Netherlands), De Doelen
Conductor: Nick Davies
Orchestra: Suomen kansallisoopperan orkesteri
2018-05-30 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Nick Davies
Orchestra: Suomen kansallisoopperan orkesteri
2018-05-30 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Nick Davies
Orchestra: Suomen kansallisoopperan orkesteri
2018-05-30 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Fabrice Parmentier
Orchestra: Orchestre Mélo'dix
2018-05-31 | Nanterre (France), Théâtre Bernard-Marie-Koltès — 20:00
Conductor: Clemens Heil
Orchestra: Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
2018-06-01 | Luzern (Switzerland), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Nicholas Concannon
Orchestra: Pennine Spring Music Festival
2018-06-02 | Heptonstall (United Kingdom), St Thomas Church Heptonstall — 19:30
Conductor: Clemens Heil
Orchestra: Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
2018-06-03 | Luzern (Switzerland), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Andreas Fellner
Orchestra: Niederrheinische Sinfoniker
2018-06-03 | Mönchengladbach (Germany), Theater | First Night
Conductor: Nicholas Milton
Orchestra: Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock
2018-06-15 | Rostock (Germany), Zoo — 19:30
Conductor: Leo Geyer
Orchestra: Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-16 | London (United Kingdom), St Paul\'s Church — 19:30
Conductor: Christian Jeub
Orchestra: Junges Symphonieorchester Koblenz
2018-06-16 | Koblenz (Germany), Florinskirche — 19:30
Conductor: Leo Geyer
Orchestra: Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-16 | London (United Kingdom), St Paul\'s Church — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Gießen
2018-06-19 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater — 20:00
Conductor: Guido J. Rumstadt
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester der Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg
2018-06-21 | Nürnberg (Germany), Serenadenhof — 20:00
Conductor: Rainer Klugkist
Orchestra: Orchester der TU Clausthal
2018-06-22 | Goslar (Germany), EFZN — 20:00
Conductor: Karin Hendrickson
Orchestra: The Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra
2018-06-23 | Bristol (United Kingdom), St George\'s — N/A
Conductor: Levon Parikian
Orchestra: Brent Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-23 | London (United Kingdom), St Martin\'s Church — 19:30
Conductor: Levon Parikian
Orchestra: Brent Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-23 | London (United Kingdom), St Martin\'s Church — 19:30
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
2018-06-24 | Berlin (Germany), Waldbühne
Conductor: Rainer Klugkist
Orchestra: Orchester der TU Clausthal
2018-06-24 | Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany), Aula Academica — 17:00
Conductor: Ariane Matiakh
Orchestra: Duisburger Philharmoniker
2018-06-27 | Duisburg (Germany), Philharmonie Mercatorhalle — 20:00
Conductor: David Jones
Orchestra: Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-27 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), St David\'s Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Ariane Matiakh
Orchestra: Duisburger Philharmoniker
2018-06-28 | Duisburg (Germany), Philharmonie Mercatorhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-06-29 | Dresden (Germany), Open-Air-Bühne im Rosental
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-06-29 | Leipzig (Germany), Open-Air-Bühne im Rosental — 20:00
Conductor: Mark Gateshill
Orchestra: Brunel Sinfonia
2018-07-07 | Bristol (United Kingdom), Redland Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Guido J. Rumstadt
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester der Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg
2018-07-13 | Nürnberg (Germany), Historischer Universitätshof Altdorf — 20:00
Conductor: Ian Brown
Orchestra: Henley Symphony Orchestra
2018-07-14 | Henley-on-Thames (United Kingdom), Henley Festival — 11:30
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg
2018-07-22 | Nürnberg (Germany), Luitpoldhain
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg
2018-07-22 | Nürnberg (Germany), Luitpoldhain — 11:00
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg
2018-07-22 | Nürnberg (Germany), Luitpoldhain
Conductor: Marin Alsop
Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
2018-08-24 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Usher Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Joseph Sieber
Orchestra: Zentralschweizer Jugendsinfonieorchester ZJSO
2018-09-01 | Luzern (Switzerland), KKL, Konzertsaal
Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-10-24 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2018-11-15 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19:30
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: 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: Marcus Bosch
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2019-04-06 | Wien (Austria), Musikverein

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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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  2. Prelude No. 2

    Prelude No. 2

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation: viola and piano
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  3. Short Story

    Short Story

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
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    Instrumentation: violin and piano
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    I Got Rhythm

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
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    Prelude No. 2

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    3 Preludes

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    3 Preludes

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  8. Summertime

    Summertime

    from "Porgy and Bess"
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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation: string quartet (double bass ad lib.)
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    3 Preludes

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

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation: alto saxophone in Eb and piano
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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: Dan Ettinger
Orchestra: Stuttgarter Philharmoniker
2018-04-19 | Aschaffenburg (Germany), Stadthalle — 19:30
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-19 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-19 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-19 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-19 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Facundo Agudin
Orchestra: Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn
2018-04-19 | Delèmont (Switzerland), Halle des Expositions — 20:00
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-19 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-20 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-20 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Lucas Richman
Orchestra: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-20 | Murrysville, PA (United States of America), Franklin Regional High School
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-20 | Meißen (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Orchestra: Symphony Nova Scotia
2018-04-20 | Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-20 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-20 | Meißen (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: John Morris Russell
Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-20 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Music Hall
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Orchestra: Symphony Nova Scotia
2018-04-20 | Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-20 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-20 | Meißen (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: John Morris Russel
2018-04-20 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Music Hall
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-20 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: John Morris Russel
2018-04-20 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Music Hall
Conductor: John Morris Russel
2018-04-20 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Music Hall
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Lucas Richman
Orchestra: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-21 | Lower Burrell, PA (United States of America), Burrell High School
Conductor: Lucas Richman
Orchestra: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-21 | Connellsville, PA (United States of America), Connellsville
Conductor: Gene H. Moon
Orchestra: Longview Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-21 | Longview, TX (United States of America), S.E. Belcher Center
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-21 | Neustadt (Germany), Neustadthalle — 19:30
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Orchestra: Symphony Nova Scotia
2018-04-21 | Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Toshiyuki Takahashi
Orchestra: Ensemble Yokogawa
2018-04-21 | Tokyo (Japan), Kioi Hall — 14:00
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-21 | Neustadt (Germany), Neustadthalle — 19:30
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Orchestra: Symphony Nova Scotia
2018-04-21 | Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Ekkehard Klemm
Orchestra: Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
2018-04-21 | Neustadt (Germany), Neustadthalle — 19:30
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Orchestra: Nashville Symphony
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Enrico Lopez-Yanez
2018-04-21 | Nashville, TN (United States of America), Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Conductor: Lucas Richman
Orchestra: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-22 | Ligionier, PA (United States of America), Ligionier Valley High School
Conductor: Alex Guthrie
Orchestra: Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-26 | Newcastle (United Kingdom), King\'s Hall, Newcastle University — 19:30
Conductor: Chris George
Orchestra: University of St Andrews Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-26 | St Andrews (United Kingdom), Younger Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Dr. Eugene Dowdy
Orchestra: Symphony of the Hills
2018-04-26 | Kerrville, TX (United States of America), Cailloux Theater
Conductor: Cristian Macelaru
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2018-04-27 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Usher Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thodoris Papadimitriou
Orchestra: Megaro Youth Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-27 | Thessaloniki (Greece), Concert Hall — 21:00
Conductor: Jürgen Boelsen
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester der Städtischen Musikschule Paderborn
2018-04-28 | Paderborn (Germany), PaderHalle — 11:00
Conductor: Jakub Zicha
Orchestra: Pražská komorní filharmonie (Prague Philharmonia)
2018-04-29 | Praha (Czech Republic), International School of Music and Fine Arts
Conductor: Marcin Masecki
2018-04-30 | Warszawa (Poland), Studio Koncertowe Polskiego Radia im. Witolda Lutosławskiego
Conductor: Nicholas Milton
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-05-01 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Nicholas Milton
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-05-02 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Pierre-Adrien Théo
Orchestra: Orchestre des Campus de Grenoble
2018-05-03 | Grenoble (France), (Maison de la Culture — 19:30
Conductor: Simon Johnston
Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
2018-05-03 | London (United Kingdom), St Paul\'s Cathedral — 19:00
Orchestra: Musikschulorchester Nieder-Olm
2018-05-05 | Nieder-Olm (Germany), Ludwig-Eckes-Festhalle — 19:00
Conductor: Joana Carneiro
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2018-05-05 | Saffron Walden (United Kingdom), Saffron Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Manus O’Donnell
Orchestra: Universitätsorchester Mannheim
2018-05-06 | Mannheim (Germany), Schlosskirche — 17:00
Conductor: Nicholas Milton
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-05-06 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 18:00
Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2018-05-06 | Wien (Germany), Konzerthaus — 19:30
Orchestra: London Phoenix Orchestra
2018-05-08 | London (United Kingdom), St John\'s Smith Square — 19:30
Conductor: Manus O’Donnell
Orchestra: Universitätsorchester Mannheim
2018-05-08 | Mannheim (Germany), Schlosskirche — 17:00
Conductor: Alexander G. Adiarte
Orchestra: Junges Kammerorchester Stuttgart
2018-05-08 | Leiden (Netherlands), BplusC — 20:00
Orchestra: London Phoenix Orchestra
2018-05-08 | London (United Kingdom), St John\'s Smith Square — 19:30
Conductor: Alexander G. Adiarte
Orchestra: Junges Kammerorchester Stuttgart
2018-05-10 | Sneek (Netherlands), European Youth Music Festival — 15:00
Conductor: John Andrews
Orchestra: Trinity Orchestra Harrow
2018-05-12 | London (United Kingdom), Trinity Church Harrow — 19:30
Conductor: Yu Long
Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lyon
2018-05-15 | Lyon (France), Auditorium — 20:00
Conductor: Arie van Beek
Orchestra: Orchestre de Picardie
2018-05-17 | Lille (France), Auditorium de Nouveau Siècle — 20:00
Conductor: Arie van Beek
Orchestra: Orchestre de Picardie
2018-05-18 | Lens (France), Le Colisée — 20:00
Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
2018-05-18 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Philharmonie — 19:00
Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
2018-05-18 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Philharmonie — 19:00
Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
2018-05-19 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Philharmonie — 11:00
Conductor: Yu Long
Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lyon
2018-05-19 | Lyon (France), Auditorium — 18:00
Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
2018-05-19 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Philharmonie — 11:00
Conductor: Peter Stark
Orchestra: Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra
2018-05-20 | London (United Kingdom), St John\'s Waterloo — 18:30
Conductor: Thomas Honickel
Orchestra: Oldenburgisches Staatsorchester
2018-05-20 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater — 11:30 - Familienkonzert
Conductor: Eckart Preu
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Halle
2018-05-20 | Halle (Germany), Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Halle — 11:00
Conductor: Eckart Preu
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Halle
2018-05-21 | Halle (Germany), Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Halle — 19:30
Conductor: Arie van Beek
Orchestra: Orchestre de Picardie
2018-05-22 | Valenciennes (France), Le Phénix — 19:00
Conductor: Arie van Beek
Orchestra: Orchestre de Picardie
2018-05-24 | Compiègne (France), Théâtre Impérial — 20:30
Conductor: Sébastien Brugière
Orchestra: Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de Rolle
2018-05-27 | Rolle (Switzerland), Rosey Concert Hall — 17:00
Conductor: Hans Casteleyn
Orchestra: Euregio Jeugdorkest
2018-05-28 | Rotterdam (Netherlands), De Doelen
Conductor: Nick Davies
Orchestra: Suomen kansallisoopperan orkesteri
2018-05-30 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Nick Davies
Orchestra: Suomen kansallisoopperan orkesteri
2018-05-30 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Nick Davies
Orchestra: Suomen kansallisoopperan orkesteri
2018-05-30 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Fabrice Parmentier
Orchestra: Orchestre Mélo'dix
2018-05-31 | Nanterre (France), Théâtre Bernard-Marie-Koltès — 20:00
Conductor: Clemens Heil
Orchestra: Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
2018-06-01 | Luzern (Switzerland), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Nicholas Concannon
Orchestra: Pennine Spring Music Festival
2018-06-02 | Heptonstall (United Kingdom), St Thomas Church Heptonstall — 19:30
Conductor: Clemens Heil
Orchestra: Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
2018-06-03 | Luzern (Switzerland), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Andreas Fellner
Orchestra: Niederrheinische Sinfoniker
2018-06-03 | Mönchengladbach (Germany), Theater | First Night
Conductor: Nicholas Milton
Orchestra: Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock
2018-06-15 | Rostock (Germany), Zoo — 19:30
Conductor: Leo Geyer
Orchestra: Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-16 | London (United Kingdom), St Paul\'s Church — 19:30
Conductor: Christian Jeub
Orchestra: Junges Symphonieorchester Koblenz
2018-06-16 | Koblenz (Germany), Florinskirche — 19:30
Conductor: Leo Geyer
Orchestra: Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-16 | London (United Kingdom), St Paul\'s Church — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Gießen
2018-06-19 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater — 20:00
Conductor: Guido J. Rumstadt
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester der Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg
2018-06-21 | Nürnberg (Germany), Serenadenhof — 20:00
Conductor: Rainer Klugkist
Orchestra: Orchester der TU Clausthal
2018-06-22 | Goslar (Germany), EFZN — 20:00
Conductor: Karin Hendrickson
Orchestra: The Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra
2018-06-23 | Bristol (United Kingdom), St George\'s — N/A
Conductor: Levon Parikian
Orchestra: Brent Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-23 | London (United Kingdom), St Martin\'s Church — 19:30
Conductor: Levon Parikian
Orchestra: Brent Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-23 | London (United Kingdom), St Martin\'s Church — 19:30
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
2018-06-24 | Berlin (Germany), Waldbühne
Conductor: Rainer Klugkist
Orchestra: Orchester der TU Clausthal
2018-06-24 | Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany), Aula Academica — 17:00
Conductor: Ariane Matiakh
Orchestra: Duisburger Philharmoniker
2018-06-27 | Duisburg (Germany), Philharmonie Mercatorhalle — 20:00
Conductor: David Jones
Orchestra: Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-27 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), St David\'s Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Ariane Matiakh
Orchestra: Duisburger Philharmoniker
2018-06-28 | Duisburg (Germany), Philharmonie Mercatorhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-06-29 | Dresden (Germany), Open-Air-Bühne im Rosental
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-06-29 | Leipzig (Germany), Open-Air-Bühne im Rosental — 20:00
Conductor: Mark Gateshill
Orchestra: Brunel Sinfonia
2018-07-07 | Bristol (United Kingdom), Redland Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Guido J. Rumstadt
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester der Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg
2018-07-13 | Nürnberg (Germany), Historischer Universitätshof Altdorf — 20:00
Conductor: Ian Brown
Orchestra: Henley Symphony Orchestra
2018-07-14 | Henley-on-Thames (United Kingdom), Henley Festival — 11:30
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg
2018-07-22 | Nürnberg (Germany), Luitpoldhain
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg
2018-07-22 | Nürnberg (Germany), Luitpoldhain — 11:00
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg
2018-07-22 | Nürnberg (Germany), Luitpoldhain
Conductor: Marin Alsop
Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
2018-08-24 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Usher Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Joseph Sieber
Orchestra: Zentralschweizer Jugendsinfonieorchester ZJSO
2018-09-01 | Luzern (Switzerland), KKL, Konzertsaal
Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-10-24 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19:30
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2018-11-15 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19:30
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: 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: Marcus Bosch
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2019-04-06 | Wien (Austria), Musikverein
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    Summertime

    from "Porgy And Bess"
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    Composer: Gershwin, George
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    Composer: Gershwin, George
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    from "Porgy and Bess"
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