Monday, June 11, 2007

Musical Monday #19

Any of you who have been coming by here for awhile should remember the big symphony concert we put on in the later part of July. A free outdoor concert for 10,000 of our closest friends. Something that I've been intimately involved with for almost 10 years now. You can check my July archives for the past two years to see what they were like.

This year, we're doing an all-Gershwin concert (plus the "1812 Overture"--must be a law or something). And we'll be adding a small chorus for the first time to sing background parts from "Porgy & Bess". We'll also be playing "Rhapsody In Blue", "American In Paris", "Cuban Overture" and a suite of popular songs written by the Gershwin brothers. Should be a fantastic concert!

To get into a Gershwin mood, I've been listening to alot of Gershwin lately, performed by a wide variety of performers. That's what's so wonderful about the Gershwin's music. While the orchestral pieces are intended to be played as written, their songs lend themselves to many different interpretations. For Musical Monday this summer, I'll be posting nothing but Gershwin. First up--"I Got Rhythm" performed by jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli (plus his vocal stylings!). Enjoy!

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