George Gershwin Alone

George Gershwin Alone

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 12:00pm

WXXI presents Hershey Felder’s first theatrical work about the legendary American composer, George Gershwin.

May marks the 10th anniversary of George Gershwin Alone. To celebrate, Classical 91.5 will air George Gershwin Alone on Monday, May 30 at 12 noon. Starring Felder, and directed by Joel Zwick, the show incorporates Gershwins’ most famous songs into a compelling play about Gershwin’s life.

The show incorporates Gershwins' best-known songs, from The Man I Love and Someone to Watch Over Me, through passages and songs from An American in Paris and Porgy and Bess, to a complete performance of Rhapsody in Blue. The first popular composer to use jazz as the foremost musical element in the serious concert hall, Gershwin absorbed the musical styles, rhythms and sophistication of the American spirit and created a musical language that made its mark on both classical and popular music throughout the world. Actor, playwright and Steinway concert artist Felder brings to life the spirit and talent of the legendary composer and pianist by leading listenres through the fascinating rhythms of Gershwin’s legendary songbook and sharing the story of his tragically short life.

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George Gershwin Alone - Brilliant!!!

Anybody see my socks? They got blown off while I sat listening to this brilliant, inspiring, and FUN one man show today on WXXI. I learned lots too (which I just love about WXXI). Has Felder ever performed this show in Rochester? I would think our community would be "gaga" over it! Would love to see Felder do this Gershwin show at Geva (or some other appropriate venue). It was simply DA BOMB to listen to, I would think experiencing it live would be amazing!

Thanks for putting this on for us to enjoy - it was incredible. Think about playing it again for us, ok? It would be swell to hear it again. WXXI does such great work and makes the most wonderful choices regarding programming for us - thanks SO much! George Gershwin Alone was killer!

George Gershwin Alone

So glad you enjoyed the special. From everything I've read, the live theater performance of George Gershwin Alone, wherever it plays, the reception & reviews have been fantastic. I have not seen it on the Geva schedule, but perhaps it is a suggestion that should be shared with them. Sadly, the distributor of this radio special only granted stations one broadcast, so we are unable to repeat the program.

Thank you for your comments and for reminding us that listeners really do appreciate the work we do to schedule programs for our listeners' enjoyment.