Date(s) - Feb 16
19:30 - 21:30
Born Jacob Gershowitz in 1898 Brooklyn to Jewish working-class parents originally from Saint Petersburg, George Gershwin was one of the most talented composers of his generation. His social ascension was typical of early 20th century America, especially amongst the wave of Russian Jewish immigrants into the United States. A Broadway orchestra pianist and creator of “symphony jazz”, he composed triumphant musicals, bringing together jazz and classical music. His works have since become great standards, thanks to artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Herbie Hancock and many other great singers and actors. His most notable works are: Rhapsody in Blue (1924), An American in Paris (1928) and the iconic Summertime by Porgy and Bess (1935).
Music critic Benjamin Duvshani will bring us back in time to discover the life of this celebrated composer.
Extracts from Gershwin’s most famous compositions will be performed by jazz singer Laïka Fatien and her musicians: Christopher Thomas on bass and Gaël Rakotondrabe on piano.