March 14, 2014 |
Controversy of one kind or another has dogged "Porgy and Bess" since its Broadway premiere in 1935. Just the fact that George Gershwin's first real stab at grand opera debuted on Broadway rather than the Metropolitan Opera, which had initially commissioned the work, encapsulates two of the work's main fault lines: the debate over whether it's a musical or an opera or something in between, and the matter of its African American cast, which necessitated...
August 22, 1991
Leonore Gershwin, the wife of lyricist Ira Gershwin, has died of the complications of age, her nephew said Wednesday. She was 90. Mrs. Gershwin, who spent much of her final years preserving the legacy of her husband and his brother, composer George Gershwin, died Tuesday at her home in Beverly Hills, which is decorated with the brothers' self-portraits.
August 24, 1987 |
"George Gershwin Remembered," a profile in the PBS "American Masters" series, will be shown tonight at 8 on KOCE Channel 50; tonight at 9 on KPBS Channel 15, and then Friday at 9 p.m. on KCET Channel 28. By all accounts, George Gershwin was brash, cocky, supremely egocentric and a busy charmer of pretty women.
May 29, 2005 |
An early, forgotten score by George Gershwin will be played for the first time by the Asia America Symphony on a Gershwin program Saturday at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo. The piece, called "Japanese," was found in a garage in 1979 by singer-pianist Michael Feinstein, an assistant to Gershwin's brother Ira for six years, according to Feng-Hsiu Lee, the orchestra's operations director and assistant conductor.
March 13, 1987 |
The Gershwin era seemed to come to life here this week with the announcement that "a treasure trove" of unpublished and missing songs and musical scores by George and Ira Gershwin and their contemporaries had been identified, and with a gala, star-studded "Gershwin Celebration" held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of George Gershwin's death.
March 14, 1998 |
George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"--one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. Right? Well, listen again, keeping in mind the words of an Auschwitz survivor who, as a boy, kept himself alive in that horrific concentration camp by running messages for death doctor Josef Mengele while other prisoners were marched off to their murders. "George Gershwin was a prophet" because, when he wrote the piece in 1924, he could hear the future's awful sounds, the survivor says.