Gershwin: Music of the Jazz Age

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:30p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:00p.m.

VENUE: Reynolds Hall

Pre-concert lecture at 6:30pm (Saturday) and 1:00pm (Sunday) in Reynolds Hall

Donato Cabrera, conductor
Andrew Armstrong, piano
Cory Tiffin, clarinet

STRAVINSKY Scherzo à la russe
MILHAUD Le création du monde
BERNSTEIN Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
WEILL Little Threepenny Music
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

“True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.” – George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Relive the sassy excitement of the Roaring Twenties! Igor Stravinsky’s buoyant Scherzo creates a broad musical smile while Darius Milhaud’s Le création du monde celebrates the exotic spirit of Josephine Baker. LVP’s own Cory Tiffin solos in Leonard Bernstein’s rollicking Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs and Kurt Welil’s suite from his famous Threepenny Opera emulates a 1920s cabaret band. The concert concludes with the grandaddy of all symphonic jazz blends - George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue. Pianist Andrew Armstrong whose performance of the piece with The Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio has been viewed over 1,250,000 times on YouTube, is the guest soloist.