One hundred years ago today, George Gershwin took the stage with Paul Whiteman and his Concert Orchestra at New York's Aeolian Concert Hall for the premiere of Rhapsody in Blue. Pianist Lara Downes sees the piece as an evolving landscape of American culture—past, present, and future—so she asked Puerto Rican composer Edmar Colon to join her in a 'reimagining' of Gershwin's classic. On today's show, we'll hear Lara Downes and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra play Colon's reimagined arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue by Georg Gershwin.
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George Gershwin, arr. Bela Fleck: Unidentified Piece for Banjo
Bela Fleck, banjo
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David Finckel, cello | Nicholas Canellakis, cello | Inbal Segev, cello | Estelle Choi, cello
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George Gershwin, arr. Edmar Colon: Rhapsody in Blue
Lara Downes, piano | San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra | Edwin Outwater, conductor
Album: Rhapsody in Blue Reimagined
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Ulysses Kay: Aulos for Solo Flute and Orchestra
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SPCO, Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, St. Paul, MN
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA
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