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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2000 |
In "Gershwin the Klezmer," writer-producer Joe Vass connects the dots of music notes and draws a picture of George Gershwin influenced by jazz, gospel and Yiddish music. The production, which comes to Cal State Northridge on Saturday and Sunday, chronicles the life and music of Gershwin (nee Jacob Gershowitz). People might expect to hear "Klezmerized" Gershwin tunes, kind of a klezmer soup, said Vass, who plays piano in the performance. Not so, he said.
September 5, 2013 |
By George, half a century on it's still a good thing when Gershwin music is front and center. During the next few days two Southern California orchestras are turning their focus to brothers George and Ira. On Saturday, Michael Feinstein conducts the Pasadena Pops in what promises to be a delve-deep inside their canon. Then Tuesday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's program at the Hollywood Bowl features two of George Gershwin's orchestral scores, “Cuban Overture” and “Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture.” Gershwin music played by local orchestras taps into a very poignant moment in Southern California music history.