George Gershwin

Creatively Speaking
7:50 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue: A Spry 89 Years and Counting

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.

Riverwalk Jazz
7:45 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Nice Work If You Can Get It: A Gershwin Cabaret on Riverwalk, Dec. 2nd at 6 pm

George Gershwin in 1936

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.

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News & Views
12:53 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

George Gershwin's Life and Legacy

Popular composer George Gershwin bridged the worlds of classical music and jazz. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers Gershwin and his musical legacy.

Creatively Speaking
11:00 am
Sat July 7, 2012

A Look at Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin

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.

News & Views
4:14 pm
Sun March 4, 2012

A Look at George Gershwin's Life and Legacy

Creatively Speaking
4:04 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Phila. Singers' David Hayes--George Gershwin & His Musical Legacy--Hawaii-Themed Phila. Flower Show

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Singers Music Director David Hayes ahead of the group's revival of Randall Thompson's under-appreciated Requiem.

Susan Lewis considers George Gershwin, as both the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform one of the great 20th-century master's signature works, Rhapsody in Blue.

We take a walk through the Hawaii-themed 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society President Drew Becher.

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11:28 am
Sat December 29, 2007

Max Raabe: Vocalist and Arranger of the Palast Orchester

Max Raabe

Jill Pasternak speaks with vocalist Max Raabe, leader of the 12-piece Palast Orchester. The ensemble has achieved international success for their original arrangements of music from the Golden Age of film and dance, including Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin.


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