Masterworks 4: Romantic Rhapsody In Blue – Here to Stay – The Gershwin Experience

Presenting Sponsors

John Ruan Foundation Trust

Patron Sponsors

Donors to The Des Moines Symphony Fund

The Easter Family

Douglas & Deborah West

Partner Sponsor
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 7:30pm Buy Tickets
Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 2:30pm Buy Tickets
Location

Civic Center (221 Walnut Street in Downtown Des Moines)

Joseph Giunta, conducting
Sylvia McNair, soprano
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Ryan VanDenBoom, tap dancer & vocals
David Snyder, piano & musical direction

Nothing is more romantic than the iconic American music of George Gershwin! Experience the jazz-infused Rhapsody In Blue and tap dancer Ryan VanDenBoom bring a bygone era to life right before your eyes. That, and two-time Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair sings classics like Summertime, ‘S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm and so much more. Above the orchestra on a giant screen, a film tells the story of the famous Gershwin family which has inspired listeners across two centuries. Experience it … LIVE!

AUDIO: Experience the excitement of Romantic Rhapsody In Blue – Here to Stay – The Gershwin Experience!
PROGRAM NOTES: Learn more about the pieces you’ll hear in the concert!

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Tickets: Single tickets are $15-$55 and are available through Ticketmaster (up until two hours prior to performances) and the Civic Center Ticket Office (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines; open 9a-5p Monday through Friday and two hours prior to performances). Student tickets are $7.50-$27.50 and are available through the Civic Center Ticket Office. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are $5 for junior high and high school students and $10 for all other students the day of the concert through the Civic Center Ticket Office.

PROGRAM:

STRIKE UP THE BAND (arr. David Snyder)
EMBRACEABLE YOU (arr. Snyder)
RIALTO RIPPLES
FASCINATING RHYTHM (arr. George Gershwin)
THE HALF OF IT, DEARIE, BLUES  (arr. Snyder)
THE MAN I LOVE (arr. Snyder)
‘S WONDERFUL (arr. Snyder)
BUT NOT FOR ME  (arr. Snyder)
RHAPSODY IN BLUE (orch. Ferde Grofé)

INTERMISSION

OF THEE I SING Overture (orch: Don Rose)
SLAP THAT BASS (arr. Kevin Cole/Thomas Gunther)
LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF
THEY ALL LAUGHED (arr. Cole)
LOVE IS HERE TO STAY (arr. Snyder)
SUMMERTIME  (arr. Snyder)
I GOT RHYTHM (arr. Snyder)
ALLEGRO AGITATO (Concerto in F)

Joseph Giunta’s suggested recordings:

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue: Garrick Ohlsson – San Francisco Symphony – RCA; Oscar Levant – Philadelphia Orchestra – CBS

 

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