SunTrust Classical Series- Bramwell Tovey, guest conductor
All That Classical Jazz
George Gershwin was a composer divided between two worlds. The Brooklyn pianist was a prominent figure on the classical scene while thriving at the heart of the Jazz Age. He was as comfortable in Tin Pan Alley performing alongside Al Jolson as he was studying under Ravel and citing Shostakovich as a major influence. Instead of prioritizing the opposing styles, Gershwin blended his classical background with the current music of his era to invent a groundbreaking catalog of timeless works. Sandwiched between Bramwell Tovey’s Urban Runway and William Walton’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat minor, Gershwin ultimately proves to be the meat of the bill, with a featured performance of his only concerto. Commissioned by New York Symphony Orchestra’s longtime director Walter Damrosch, Concerto in F was the first piece Gershwin orchestrated entirely by himself, and it successfully straddles the two forms. The piece’s innovative syncopation is complemented by tactful piano work, and ultimately concludes in the relentless grandeur of the third movement, all the while reinforcing a jazz theme that is unmistakably and unapologetically Gershwin at his finest.
Fri, Nov 30 | 8:00 PM
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
$39.00 - $109.00