Orin Grossman

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Fairfield, CT, US
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American pianist, professor and lecturer; PhD, Yale in Musicology and Ethnomusicology; former Academic Vice President and Dean, Fairfield University.
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GERSHWIN
RHAPSODY IN BLUE
CARNEGIE HALL

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Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue, Explained & Performed
In-Person or Virtual,
1 hr 30 mins
George Gershwin’s American Masterpiece: Rhapsody in Blue "I’d like to write of the melting pot, of New York City itself, with its blend of native and immigrant strains. This would allow for many kinds of music, black and white, Eastern and Western, and would call for a style that should achieve out of this diversity, an artistic unity. New York is a meeting place, a rendezvous of the nations. I’d like to catch the rhythms of these interfusing peoples, to show them clashing and blending GEORGE GERSHWIN, late 1920’s George Gershwin (1898-1937) was a true rarity in American music—someone at home both in popular and classical, or concert, music. It was Gershwin’s special contribution to create concert works out of melodies and rhythms that come out of the popular music of his day— Broadway ballads, ragtime, Latin dance rhythms, and the Blues. This presentation will demonstrate just how this process works in his first and perhaps most popular concert work, Rhapsody in Blue. By understand