Rhapsody in Blue

November 12, 2018: Growing up in the Soviet Union, Kirill Gerstein studied classical music and taught himself jazz before coming to America to study both genres. His latest CD includes both classical and popular works by George Gershwin. An accompanying essay by Joseph Horowitz explores Kirill Gerstein and The Gershwin Moment. 

George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue is performed by orchestras everywhere. But not everyone has heard the original jazz band version, composed for a 1924 experimental concert that blurred the boundaries between jazz and classical music. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.


Tara McMullen

Be sure to join us Sunday, January 10th at 1 pm for our weekly Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast! Guest conductor Marin Alsop and pianist Jon Kimura Parker join the Philadelphians for George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. This is the original jazz band version, Ferde Grofe’s faithful orchestration of Paul Whiteman’s arrangement.

WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the life and work of George Gershwin, and one of  the great 20th-century master’s signature works, Rhapsody in Blue.