Benjamin Rous, conductor
Extra, extra! Read all about it! On the streets of New York, a poor newspaper boy has a chance encounter with a talented musician. Turns out, it's George Gershwin, one of the greatest American composers of all time! In this entertaining and educational world premiere concert, the NSO magically weaves Gershwin's greatest hits into the drama, as the master composer shares anecdotes about his life and musical passion. Pretty soon, a friendship develops highlighting the vast melting pot of American music--which ultimately becomes the key to unlocking the boy's own potential! Audiences of all ages will be captivated by excerpts from more than 20 of Gershwin's most popular works, including "An American in Paris," "I Got Rhythm," "Porgy and Bess," "The Man I Love," "Cuban Overture," "Strike up the Band," Concerto in F," "Someone to Watch over Me," "Fascinatin' Rhythm," and "Rhapsody in Blue."
Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission
Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo" in the Atrium. Young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.
Stay after the 4 p.m. concert for a Kids' Chat. Young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
Performances for Young Audiences is made possible by
Macy's and Washington Gas are the proud sponsors of the NSO Family Concerts.
Additional support for the NSO Family Concerts is provided by
The Clark Charitable Foundation; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation;
an endowment from the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation; the U.S. Department of Education;
and the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra.
Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by
David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
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