May 11 Thu

Gershwin's Rhapsody

Thursday Thru Saturday
May 11 - 13 2023

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Concert Timings:
May 11, 2023, 8:00 pm
May 12, 2023, 8:00 pm
May 13, 2023, 8:00 pm

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A three-part celebration starting with the music that defined the Roaring Twenties.  First, listen to music of the era in the concert hall, such as George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris. Then, join a Roaring Twenties party in the lobby. And finally, enjoy the landmark 1927 silent film It starring Clara Bow, accompanied on the organ by Dennis James. Before the concert, enjoy Tin Pan Alley classics in the lobby with pianist David Clemensen. 1920s dress attire is encouraged!

Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with host Alan Chapman in the concert hall
Tin Pan Alley classics performed by pianist David Clemensen starting at 7:15 p.m. in the main lobby

Part 1 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall (without intermission)
Eubie Blake:  Charleston Rag (arr. Gunther Schuller)
Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
   Jeffrey Biegel, piano
George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Kurt Weill: “Mack the Knife” from Threepenny Opera
   Denean Dyson, vocalist
   Ron Kobayashi Trio
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington: “Martin Luther King” from Three Black Kings for Saxophone and Orchestra (Ed. Maurice Peress)
   Jonathan A. Gómez, saxophone
Charlie Chaplin: The Kid Suite
William Christopher "W.C." Handy: St. Louis Blues
   Denean Dyson, vocalist
   Barry Perkins, cornet
   Ron Kobayashi, keyboard
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (orch. Ferde Grofé)
   Jeffrey Biegel, piano

Part 2 at 9:30 p.m. in the Lobby
Roaring Twenties Party with music, dance with the Atomic Ballroom, a Speakeasy, and more!

Part 3 at 10:15 p.m. in the Concert Hall
The landmark 1927 silent film It starring Clara Bow, accompanied on the organ by Dennis James. Take a sneak peek at the film:

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Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Concert Preview Talk at 7 p.m.
Lobby Music starting at 7:15 p.m.

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