Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin is one of the only composers who truly integrated jazz, in all its style, harmony, and soul, into larger-scale classical forms. His piano concerto Rhapsody in Blue is a perfect example of that symbiosis: virtuosic piano cadenzas and clear theme structures are met with carefree jazz rhythms and goofy woodwind solos. Rhapsody in Blue is as fun as it is expressive, and as serious as it is silly. Come and share the experience of hearing this unique arrangement of the work for piano, strings, and clarinet. The rest of the program includes popular songs by Gershwin arranged for clarinet and strings, including Bess You is My Woman Now, I Got Rhythm, and more.