In the first part of the 20th century, George Gershwin found fortune as a composer of popular songs, which were used in dozens of Broadway and Hollywood musicals - many of which he created with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin.
The work that launched him as a classical composer, however, was Rhapsody in Blue. It premiered in 1924, and was performed for decades by orchestras throughout the world. Before he died in 1937 at the age of 38, Gershwin would compose many solo pieces for piano, the first great American opera, Porgy and Bess, and a number of orchestral works.
WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers George Gershwin and his musical legacy.
In the 1920s, America was humming to the tunes of George Gershwin. In this Riverwalk Jazz holiday cabaret, piano man Dick Hyman shares his love of all things Gershwin in music and conversation. Sunday, December 2, 6 to 7 pm.
Popular composer George Gershwin bridged the worlds of classical music and jazz. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers Gershwin and his musical legacy as The Philadelphia Orchestra gets ready to perform a program featuring his famous RHAPSODY IN BLUE, with conductor James Gaffigan and pianist Stewart Goodyear, on March 8th, 9th, and 10th at the Kimmel Center.