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NSO Pops: Strike Up the Band: A Gershwin Brothers Celebration, Marvin Hamlisch, conductor

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

 Porgy and Bess , arr. Robert Russell Bennett
A Symphonic Picture, arr. Robert Russell Bennett
arr. Torrie Zito
"The Man I Love," from Lady Be Good
"Someone to Watch Over Me," from Oh Kay!
By Strauss
 Rhapsody in Blue
arr. Ferde Grofé
Suite George
"My Ship" from Lady in the Dark
 An American in Paris


  • Marvin Hamlisch (Stephanie Strasburg) Marvin Hamlisch
  • general artist image Kevin Cole, piano
  • general artist image Christiane Noll, soprano
  • general artist image Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica
All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

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