George Gershwin

American composer George Gershwin

George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, as well as the opera Porgy and Bess.
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Deceased
11 July 1937
home town
Kings County

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THEATER REVIEW | 'THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS'; Excavations on Catfish Row
NYTimes - over 6 years
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- She never sings these particular lyrics. But Audra McDonald has every right to say, ''Bess, you is my woman now.'' That assertion is implicit in every aspect of her performance in ''The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,'' which opened on Wednesday night at the American Repertory Theater here, and it is made with a confidence and
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MUSIC REVIEW; A Classic That Still Vexes as It Pleases
NYTimes - over 6 years
LENOX, Mass. -- On Friday evening a hurricane raged toward the Atlantic coast. At the same time one roared onstage here at the Tanglewood Festival, threatening the lives of the inhabitants of Catfish Row, the South Carolina ghetto that is the setting of George Gershwin's opera ''Porgy and Bess.'' Or rather, was supposed to roar. Like the
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Celebrate America Part 2 presented by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra review - TheaterJones Performing Arts News in North Texas
Google News - over 6 years
The Fort Worth Symphony continued to wow audiences on Saturday with the second of three concerts of music by what are arguably America's finest composers: Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin
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'Porgy & Bess' a first for BSO - Berkshire Eagle
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With music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward and lyrics by Heyward and Ira Gershwin, "Porgy and Bess" is based on a novel by Heyward and the stage adaptation he co-wrote with wife Dorothy. It's best known for a wealth of memorable songs
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Regent's Park's CRAZY FOR YOU to Move to West End's Novello Theatre - Broadway World
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Crazy for You is a musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as "The New Gershwin Musical Comedy", it is largely based on the songwriting team's 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but interpolates songs from
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Brian Wilson Tackles Disney - ClashMusic.com
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Allowed to ransack through the vaults of George Gershwin, the composer released an intriguing re-imaging last year. Now Brian Wilson has been allowed free reign to search through the archives of Disney. Responsible for producing countless classic songs ... - -
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BWW Poll Results: Do You Agree with Sondheim re: PORGY AND BESS? - Broadway World
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THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin has been re-imagined by ART's Artistic Director Diane Paulus, Pulitzer prize-winning writer Suzan-Lori Parks, and two-time Obie winner Diedre Murray,
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'Porgy And Bess': Messing With A Classic - NPR
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Porgy and Bess, the classic American folk opera about love and life in an African-American fishing community, was the culmination of a great dream for collaborators George Gershwin, his brother Ira, and author Dubose Heyward
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'Porgy & Bess:' Tweaking A Classic For The 21st Century - WBUR
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“Actually, I think what makes it such a powerful classic is that you do feel like you're in dialogue with not only George Gershwin, but Ira Gershwin and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and what they gave us 76 years ago,” Paulus said
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Stephen Sondheim and the case of 'Porgy and Bess' - Los Angeles Times
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The opera, first staged in 1935, features music by George Gershwin, a libretto by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Heyward. The new mounting is set to open this month in Cambridge, Mass., with Broadway previews beginning in December at ... -
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It Ain't Necessarily 'Porgy'
NYTimes - over 6 years
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. ''CAN we try an experiment?'' the director Diane Paulus called out during a recent rehearsal here for ''The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,'' her risky attempt to turn that heartbreaking 1935 opera into a commercial Broadway musical. Ms. Paulus wanted more intensity in a fight scene between Bess and her former lover, Crown, and felt the
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Cincinnati Opera will do 'Porgy and Bess' next summer - Cincinnati.com
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Cincinnati Opera's 92nd season will feature the company premiere of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess;" a Verdi favorite, "La Traviata;" and a double bill of Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci" and Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi." The company is pulling back from
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; When Granny Met Gershwin, and Other Gossip
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THE MEMORY OF ALL THAT George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacies of Infidelities By Katharine Weber Illustrated. 270 pages. Crown Publishers. $24. By all descriptions, the 1926 musical ''Oh, Kay!'' qualifies as light entertainment. But when the novelist Katharine Weber saw a 1989 revival, at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, the
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Pianist will give solo performance in Rangeley - Lewiston Sun Journal
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Kahn's repertoire includes tunes written by Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, and other American standard songwriters. He also plays some of his favorite jazz selections,
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LongHouse Reserve Celebrates 20 Years - Patch.com
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(Music by George Gershwin). Both pieces were orchestrated by Hershy Kay with the additional reconstruction on the Gottschalk composition, according to the ballet's website. Another gala first is the fusion of technology with the traditional auction
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Today in Music History - July 11 - mysask.com (press release)
Google News - over 6 years
George Gershwin wrote the scores for such Broadway shows as "Funny Face," "Porgy and Bess" and "Of Thee I Sing," which in 1932 became the first musical to win a Pulitzer Prize. Gershwin played the piano at the premiere of his widely acclaimed "Rhapsody
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American dreams - The Australian
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Picture: George Hixson Source: Supplied THINK American opera and we think of George Gershwin's celebrated foray into the genre, Porgy and Bess, or of the work of composers such as John Adams, Philip Glass and Jake Heggie. Some have been performed in
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San Francisco Symphony presents 'My Classic Gershwin' - San Francisco Examiner
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Gershwin music: The San Francisco Symphony presents “My Classic Gershwin,” a concert saluting composer George Gershwin. Guest vocalist: Laura Benanti. Artist and author Belle Yang gives a talk that explores how Chinese culture and history,
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    THIRTIES
  • 1937
    Age 38
    Gershwin received his sole Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song at the 1937 Oscars for "They Can't Take That Away from Me", written with his brother Ira for the 1937 film Shall We Dance.
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    A memorial concert was held at the Hollywood Bowl on September 8, 1937, at which Otto Klemperer conducted his own orchestration of the second of Gershwin's Three Preludes.
    Gershwin's many friends and fans were shocked and devastated. John O'Hara remarked: "George Gershwin died on July 11, 1937, but I don't have to believe it if I don't want to."
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    An attempt by doctors at Cedars to excise the tumor was made in the early hours of the 11th, but it proved unsuccessful, and Gershwin died on the morning of July 11, 1937, at the age of 38.
    On February 11, 1937, Gershwin performed his Piano Concerto in F in a special concert of his music with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the direction of French maestro Pierre Monteux.
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    Early in 1937, Gershwin began to complain of blinding headaches and a recurring impression that he smelled burning rubber.
  • 1936
    Age 37
    After the commercial failure of Porgy and Bess, Gershwin moved to Hollywood, California. He was commissioned by RKO Pictures in 1936 to write the music for the film Shall We Dance, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
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  • 1935
    Age 36
    The work was first performed in 1935; it was a box-office failure in the middle of the Great Depression.
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  • 1929
    Age 30
    In 1929, Gershwin was contracted by Fox Film Corporation to compose the score for the movie Delicious.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1924
    Age 25
    In 1924, Gershwin composed his first major classical work, Rhapsody in Blue, for orchestra and piano.
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    In 1924, George and Ira Gershwin collaborated on a stage musical comedy Lady Be Good, which included such future standards as "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Oh, Lady Be Good!
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1916
    Age 17
    In 1916, Gershwin started working for Aeolian Company and Standard Music Rolls in New York, recording and arranging.
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    It was published in 1916 when Gershwin was only 17 years old and earned him 50 cents.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1898
    Born
    George Gershwin was born at the new residence on September 26, 1898; his birth certificate bears the name Jacob Gershwine, with the surname being commonly pronounced 'Gersh-vin' by the predominantly expatriate Russian and Yiddish community.
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    At some time between 1893 and 1898, Moishe (Morris) Gershowitz changed his surname to Gershwine – even possibly at, or around, the time of his marriage to Roza.
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