NSO Pops: Strike Up the Band: A Gershwin Brothers Celebration, Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
Friday, November 24, 2006 - Saturday, November 25, 2006

Thanksgiving weekend, Marvin Hamlisch conducts George and Ira Gershwin's unforgettable music, including selections from Porgy and Bess and Girl Crazy, plus Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and more.

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Their names are synonymous with the sounds of the Jazz Age, and they elevated musical comedy to an American art form. Thanksgiving weekend, the legacy of George and Ira Gershwin is cause for celebration when Marvin Hamlisch strikes up the NSO Pops for the brothers' unforgettable music! You'll want to "clap yo' hands" to selections from their political satire Strike Up the Band and classic opera Porgy and Bess. Enjoy "Bidin' My Time," "I Got Rhythm," and "Embraceable You," all from their romantic farce Girl Crazy. Other works on the program include George's piano masterpieces Rhapsody in Blue featuring Kevin Cole--who "stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today" (The Chicago Tribune)--and An American in Paris. The Gershwin songbook has never sounded so 's Wonderful!

The program runs approximately 2 hours, with one 15-minute intermission.

Program and Notes

George Gershwin
Porgy and Bess
A Symphonic Picture, arr. Robert Russell Bennett
George Gershwin
arr. Torrie Zito
George Gershwin
Lady Be Good
George Gershwin
Oh Kay!
George Gershwin
By Strauss
George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue
arr. Ferde Grofé
Suite George
Kurt Weill
Lady in the Dark
George Gershwin
An American in Paris


  • Marvin Hamlisch
  • Kevin Cole - Piano
  • Christiane Noll - Soprano
  • Robert Bonfiglio - Harmonica

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