Blue Rhapsody: 100 Years of Rhapsody in Blue & Concerto in F

A musical kaleidoscope of America
Utah Symphony
? Thursday, April 13, 2023
? 7:30 pm, Austad Auditorium

Sponsored by:
Richard & Shirley Hemingway Foundation

When George Gershwin strode on stage 100 years ago and Rhapsody in Blue’s opening clarinet glissando rang out for the first time, American music would never be the same. Now one of the most performed American works, Rhapsody in Blue is the classic synthesis of Carnegie Hall and Tin Pan Alley, described by Gershwin himself as a “musical kaleidoscope of America.” With Rhapsody’s fame, Gershwin was commissioned to compose Concerto in F, further straddling the boundaries of popular and “serious” music. Inspired by the blues and jazz of the roaring ‘20s, this evening features more of Gershwin’s beloved pieces, including American in Paris and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” with two-time Grammy-winning vocalist Sylvia McNair and Kevin Cole, praised as “the best Gershwin pianist since Gershwin himself.” Toast to 100 years of jazz classics with your Utah Symphony.


David Alan Miller, conductor 
Kevin Cole, piano 
Sylvia McNair, vocalist


GERSHWIN: Opening Night 
GERSHWIN: “The Man I Love” 
GERSHWIN: Concerto in F 
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris 
GERSHWIN: “Someone to Watch Over Me” 
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue