Brief Motif: Bernstein | Gershwin
It’s almost time to wrap up this season, which means that summer is on its way. If this makes you want to sing, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” you’re in luck! We bring to you the music of two American greats: Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Bernstein, once described by the New York Times as “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history,” took the nation by force with his musical West Side Story. He is famous for his mastery of both the concert hall and Broadway. Gershwin also wrote for both classical and popular audiences, and in fact wrote many of the most recognizable songs in American culture. His folk opera Porgy and Bess broke cultural and ethnic barriers, and his Rhapsody in Blue showed what he called “a musical kaleidoscope of America.” Their timeless pieces will show you why these composers had such great influence on 20th century music.
May 12, 8pm
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