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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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Orchestra: University of Nottingham Sinfonia
2018-12-09 | Nottingham (United Kingdom), Great Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Jeppe Moulijn
Orchestra: L.S.K.O. Collegium Musicum
2018-12-09 | Leiden (Netherlands), Hartebrugkerk — 19:30

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.

Orchestra: University of Nottingham Sinfonia
2018-12-09 | Nottingham (United Kingdom), Great Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Jeppe Moulijn
Orchestra: L.S.K.O. Collegium Musicum
2018-12-09 | Leiden (Netherlands), Hartebrugkerk — 19:30
Conductor: Natalia Luis-Bassa
Orchestra: Under 13 National Children's Orchestra
2018-12-09 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall — 14.00
Orchestra: Orchestra del Conservatorio Bruno Maderna di Cesena
2018-12-11 | Ravenna (Italy)
Conductor: Alain Jacquon
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Lyon
2018-12-13 | Lyon (France), Bourse du Travail — 19:30
Conductor: Alain Jacquon
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Lyon
2018-12-13 | Lyon (France), Bourse du Travail — 19:30
Conductor: Garry Walker
Orchestra: Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie
2018-12-15 | Coesfeld (Germany), Konzert Theater — 19:30
Orchestra: Conservatorio Bruno Maderna di Cesena
2018-12-15 | Cesena (Italy)
Orchestra: Conservatorio di Musica 'Giuseppe Martucci' Salerno
2018-12-15 | Giffoni Valle Piana (Italy)
Orchestra: Compagnie Candide asbl
2018-12-16 | Namur (Belgium)
Orchestra: Compagnie Candide asbl
2018-12-16 | Namur (Belgium)
Conductor: Johannes Willig
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-12-16 | Kiel (Germany), Theater — 11:00
Conductor: Johannes Willig
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-12-17 | Kiel (Germany), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Alain Jacquon
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Lyon
2018-12-20 | Lyon (France), Bourse du Travail — 20:30
Conductor: Alain Jacquon
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Lyon
2018-12-20 | Lyon (France), Bourse du Travail — 20:30
Conductor: Michael Laus
Orchestra: Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-12-22 | Valletta (Malta), Mediterranean Conference Centre — 20.00
Conductor: Stefan Susana
Orchestra: Orchester Liechtenstein Werdenberg
2018-12-30 | Triesen (Liechtenstein), Gemeindesaal — 19:30
Conductor: Ivan Hut
Orchestra: Zagrebačka Filharmonija
2018-12-30 | Zagreb (Croatia), Koncertna dvorana Vatroslava Lisinskog — 20:30
Conductor: János Kovács
Orchestra: Óbudai Danubia Zenekar
2018-12-30 | Budapest (Hungary), Zeneakadémia — 19:30
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2018-12-30 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper unter den Linden
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Anna Skryleva
Orchestra: KlassikPhilharmonie Hamburg
2018-12-31 | Hamburg (Germany), Laeiszhalle — 19:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Łukasz Borowicz
Orchestra: Orkiestra Filharmonii Poznańskiej (Poznan Philharmonic)
2018-12-31 | Poznań (Poland), Aula Uniwersytecka — 19:00
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2018-12-31 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper unter den Linden
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Anna Skryleva
Orchestra: KlassikPhilharmonie Hamburg
2019-01-01 | Husum (Germany), NordseeCongressCentrum — 18:00
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
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: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-02 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-02 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Łukasz Borowicz
Orchestra: Orkiestra Filharmonii Poznańskiej (Poznan Philharmonic)
2019-01-04 | Poznań (Poland), Aula Uniwersytecka — 19:00
Conductor: Stefan Susana
Orchestra: Orchester Liechtenstein Werdenberg
2019-01-06 | Unterägeri (Switzerland), Aegerihalle — 10:30
Conductor: Stefan Susana
Orchestra: Orchester Liechtenstein Werdenberg
2019-01-06 | Mauren (Liechtenstein), Gemeindesaal — 18:00
Conductor: Anna Skryleva
Orchestra: KlassikPhilharmonie Hamburg
2019-01-09 | Marne (Germany), Realschulsporthalle — 18:00
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-11 | Ballerup (Denmark), Baltoppen — 19:30
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-12 | Frederiksværk (Denmark), Gjethuset — 16:00
Conductor: Horváth Gábor
Orchestra: Gödöllői Szimfonikus Zenekar
2019-01-13 | Gödöllő (Hungary), Királyi Kastély — 19:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-13 | Rotterdam (Netherlands), De Doelen Konzertsaal — 14:15
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-15 | Borup (Denmark), Idræts- og Kulturcenter — 19:30
Conductor: Heiko Mathias Förster
Orchestra: Prague Royal Philharmonic
2019-01-16 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-16 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-16 | NKK Hallen (Denmark), Nivå — 19:30
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-16 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-17 | Kalundborg (Denmark), Kultur og Idrætshallerne — 19:30
Orchestra: RTE Concert Orchestra
2019-01-18 | Dublin (Ireland), RTE Radio Centre | CD-Broadcast-TV-Production
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-18 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Heiko Mathias Förster
Orchestra: Prague Royal Philharmonic
2019-01-18 | Dresden (Germany), Ballsportarena
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-18 | VU Hallen (Denmark), Vordingborg — 19:30
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-18 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-19 | Konservatoriets Koncertsal (Denmark), Frederiksberg C — 16:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-20 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 14:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-20 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 14:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-22 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Russell Keable
Orchestra: Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2019-01-22 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall — 19.30
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
2019-01-25 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Simon Wilkins
Orchestra: Chichester Symphony Orchestra
2019-01-26 | Chichester (United Kingdom)
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-27 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 14:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-27 | 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
2019-01-29 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-31 | 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: Michaël Cousteau
Orchestra: Orchestre EDF
2019-02-02 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Conductor: Michaël Cousteau
Orchestra: Orchestre EDF
2019-02-02 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Conductor: Michaël Cousteau
Orchestra: Orchestre EDF
2019-02-02 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Conductor: Michaël Cousteau
Orchestra: Orchestre EDF
2019-02-02 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
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: Jonathan Abbott
Orchestra: St Boltoph's Music Society Orchestra
2019-02-09 | Colchester (United Kingdom), St Boltoph\'s Church — 19.30
Conductor: Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2019-02-09 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Jonathan Abbott
Orchestra: St Boltoph's Music Society Orchestra
2019-02-09 | Colchester (United Kingdom), St Boltoph\'s Church — 19.30
Conductor: Richard Hull
Orchestra: Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
2019-02-10 | Saffron Walden, Essex (United Kingdom), Saffron Hall — 15.00
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-10 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper — 19:00 | First Night
Conductor: Richard Hull
Orchestra: Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
2019-02-10 | Saffron Walden, Essex (United Kingdom), Saffron Hall — 15.00
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-14 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper — 19:00
Conductor: Alexander Ramm
Orchestra: Sinfonisches Musikschulorchester Sachsen-Anhalt
2019-02-16 | Magdeburg (Germany), St.-Johannis-Kirche — 17:00
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-18 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper — 19:00
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-22 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper — 19:00
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-25 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper — 19:00
Conductor: Garry Walker
Orchestra: Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie
2019-02-27 | Göppingen (Germany), Stadthalle — 20:00
Orchestra: Orchestre des Pays de Savoie
2019-03-07 | Voiron (France), Le Grand Angle — 20:00
Orchestra: Orchestre des Pays de Savoie
2019-03-08 | Saint-Marcellin (France), Le Diapason — 20:00
Conductor: David Knight
Orchestra: Milton Keynes Sinfonia
2019-03-23 | Milton Keynes (United Kingdom), The Venue, Walton — 19.30
Conductor: Robert Hodge
Orchestra: Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
2019-03-24 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall — 18:30
Conductor: Robert Hodge
Orchestra: Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
2019-03-24 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall — 18.30
Conductor: Dave Ansell
Orchestra: Dorset Sinfonia
2019-03-30 | Weymouth (United Kingdom), St Mary\'s Church — 19.30
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
Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto
Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
2019-04-14 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 16.00
Conductor: Paul Adrian Rooke
Orchestra: Hitchin Symphony Orchestra
2019-05-11 | Hitchin (United Kingdom), St Mary\'s Church — 19.30

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  1. Prelude No.2 in C sharp minor

    Prelude No.2 in C sharp minor

    from: 3 Preludes
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    Composer: Gershwin, George
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    Rhapsody in Blue

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
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    Prelude No. 2

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    3 Preludes

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
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    3 Preludes

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
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  6. Summertime

    Summertime

    from "Porgy and Bess"
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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation: string quartet (double bass ad libitum)
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    Short Story

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
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    Short story

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    Composer: Gershwin, George
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    Second Rhapsody

    (Rhapsody in Rivets)
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  10. Prelude No. 2

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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
Orchestra: University of Nottingham Sinfonia
2018-12-09 | Nottingham (United Kingdom), Great Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Jeppe Moulijn
Orchestra: L.S.K.O. Collegium Musicum
2018-12-09 | Leiden (Netherlands), Hartebrugkerk — 19:30
Conductor: Natalia Luis-Bassa
Orchestra: Under 13 National Children's Orchestra
2018-12-09 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall — 14.00
Orchestra: Orchestra del Conservatorio Bruno Maderna di Cesena
2018-12-11 | Ravenna (Italy)
Conductor: Alain Jacquon
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Lyon
2018-12-13 | Lyon (France), Bourse du Travail — 19:30
Conductor: Alain Jacquon
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Lyon
2018-12-13 | Lyon (France), Bourse du Travail — 19:30
Conductor: Garry Walker
Orchestra: Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie
2018-12-15 | Coesfeld (Germany), Konzert Theater — 19:30
Orchestra: Conservatorio Bruno Maderna di Cesena
2018-12-15 | Cesena (Italy)
Orchestra: Conservatorio di Musica 'Giuseppe Martucci' Salerno
2018-12-15 | Giffoni Valle Piana (Italy)
Orchestra: Compagnie Candide asbl
2018-12-16 | Namur (Belgium)
Orchestra: Compagnie Candide asbl
2018-12-16 | Namur (Belgium)
Conductor: Johannes Willig
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-12-16 | Kiel (Germany), Theater — 11:00
Conductor: Johannes Willig
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
2018-12-17 | Kiel (Germany), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Alain Jacquon
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Lyon
2018-12-20 | Lyon (France), Bourse du Travail — 20:30
Conductor: Alain Jacquon
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Lyon
2018-12-20 | Lyon (France), Bourse du Travail — 20:30
Conductor: Michael Laus
Orchestra: Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-12-22 | Valletta (Malta), Mediterranean Conference Centre — 20.00
Conductor: Stefan Susana
Orchestra: Orchester Liechtenstein Werdenberg
2018-12-30 | Triesen (Liechtenstein), Gemeindesaal — 19:30
Conductor: Ivan Hut
Orchestra: Zagrebačka Filharmonija
2018-12-30 | Zagreb (Croatia), Koncertna dvorana Vatroslava Lisinskog — 20:30
Conductor: János Kovács
Orchestra: Óbudai Danubia Zenekar
2018-12-30 | Budapest (Hungary), Zeneakadémia — 19:30
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2018-12-30 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper unter den Linden
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Anna Skryleva
Orchestra: KlassikPhilharmonie Hamburg
2018-12-31 | Hamburg (Germany), Laeiszhalle — 19:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Łukasz Borowicz
Orchestra: Orkiestra Filharmonii Poznańskiej (Poznan Philharmonic)
2018-12-31 | Poznań (Poland), Aula Uniwersytecka — 19:00
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2018-12-31 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper unter den Linden
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2018-12-31 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio — 20:00
Conductor: Anna Skryleva
Orchestra: KlassikPhilharmonie Hamburg
2019-01-01 | Husum (Germany), NordseeCongressCentrum — 18:00
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
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: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-02 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Berner Symphonieorchester
2019-01-02 | Bern (Switzerland), Arena, Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-02 | Aix-en-Provence (France), Grand Théâtre de Provence — 20:00
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-01-03 | Grenoble (France), MC2 — 19:30
Conductor: Łukasz Borowicz
Orchestra: Orkiestra Filharmonii Poznańskiej (Poznan Philharmonic)
2019-01-04 | Poznań (Poland), Aula Uniwersytecka — 19:00
Conductor: Stefan Susana
Orchestra: Orchester Liechtenstein Werdenberg
2019-01-06 | Unterägeri (Switzerland), Aegerihalle — 10:30
Conductor: Stefan Susana
Orchestra: Orchester Liechtenstein Werdenberg
2019-01-06 | Mauren (Liechtenstein), Gemeindesaal — 18:00
Conductor: Anna Skryleva
Orchestra: KlassikPhilharmonie Hamburg
2019-01-09 | Marne (Germany), Realschulsporthalle — 18:00
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-11 | Ballerup (Denmark), Baltoppen — 19:30
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-12 | Frederiksværk (Denmark), Gjethuset — 16:00
Conductor: Horváth Gábor
Orchestra: Gödöllői Szimfonikus Zenekar
2019-01-13 | Gödöllő (Hungary), Királyi Kastély — 19:00
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra: Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-13 | Rotterdam (Netherlands), De Doelen Konzertsaal — 14:15
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-15 | Borup (Denmark), Idræts- og Kulturcenter — 19:30
Conductor: Heiko Mathias Förster
Orchestra: Prague Royal Philharmonic
2019-01-16 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-16 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-16 | NKK Hallen (Denmark), Nivå — 19:30
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-16 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-17 | Kalundborg (Denmark), Kultur og Idrætshallerne — 19:30
Orchestra: RTE Concert Orchestra
2019-01-18 | Dublin (Ireland), RTE Radio Centre | CD-Broadcast-TV-Production
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-18 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Heiko Mathias Förster
Orchestra: Prague Royal Philharmonic
2019-01-18 | Dresden (Germany), Ballsportarena
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-18 | VU Hallen (Denmark), Vordingborg — 19:30
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-18 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Orchestra: Sjaellands Symfoniorkester
2019-01-19 | Konservatoriets Koncertsal (Denmark), Frederiksberg C — 16:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-20 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 14:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-20 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 14:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-22 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Russell Keable
Orchestra: Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2019-01-22 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall — 19.30
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
2019-01-25 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: Simon Wilkins
Orchestra: Chichester Symphony Orchestra
2019-01-26 | Chichester (United Kingdom)
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-27 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 14:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-27 | 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
2019-01-29 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Het Muziektheater — 20:00
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
2019-01-31 | 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: Michaël Cousteau
Orchestra: Orchestre EDF
2019-02-02 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Conductor: Michaël Cousteau
Orchestra: Orchestre EDF
2019-02-02 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Conductor: Michaël Cousteau
Orchestra: Orchestre EDF
2019-02-02 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Conductor: Michaël Cousteau
Orchestra: Orchestre EDF
2019-02-02 | Paris (France), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
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: Jonathan Abbott
Orchestra: St Boltoph's Music Society Orchestra
2019-02-09 | Colchester (United Kingdom), St Boltoph\'s Church — 19.30
Conductor: Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2019-02-09 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Jonathan Abbott
Orchestra: St Boltoph's Music Society Orchestra
2019-02-09 | Colchester (United Kingdom), St Boltoph\'s Church — 19.30
Conductor: Richard Hull
Orchestra: Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
2019-02-10 | Saffron Walden, Essex (United Kingdom), Saffron Hall — 15.00
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-10 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper — 19:00 | First Night
Conductor: Richard Hull
Orchestra: Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
2019-02-10 | Saffron Walden, Essex (United Kingdom), Saffron Hall — 15.00
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-14 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper — 19:00
Conductor: Alexander Ramm
Orchestra: Sinfonisches Musikschulorchester Sachsen-Anhalt
2019-02-16 | Magdeburg (Germany), St.-Johannis-Kirche — 17:00
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-18 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper — 19:00
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-22 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper — 19:00
Conductor: Joseph R. Olefirowicz
2019-02-25 | Wien (Austria), Volksoper — 19:00
Conductor: Garry Walker
Orchestra: Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie
2019-02-27 | Göppingen (Germany), Stadthalle — 20:00
Orchestra: Orchestre des Pays de Savoie
2019-03-07 | Voiron (France), Le Grand Angle — 20:00
Orchestra: Orchestre des Pays de Savoie
2019-03-08 | Saint-Marcellin (France), Le Diapason — 20:00
Conductor: David Knight
Orchestra: Milton Keynes Sinfonia
2019-03-23 | Milton Keynes (United Kingdom), The Venue, Walton — 19.30
Conductor: Robert Hodge
Orchestra: Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
2019-03-24 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall — 18:30
Conductor: Robert Hodge
Orchestra: Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
2019-03-24 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall — 18.30
Conductor: Dave Ansell
Orchestra: Dorset Sinfonia
2019-03-30 | Weymouth (United Kingdom), St Mary\'s Church — 19.30
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
Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto
Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
2019-04-14 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 16.00
Conductor: Paul Adrian Rooke
Orchestra: Hitchin Symphony Orchestra
2019-05-11 | Hitchin (United Kingdom), St Mary\'s Church — 19.30
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