The Gershwin Project

Russian Gershwin

Friday, September 24, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.

No other American composer straddles as many musical worlds. In the realm of popular song and jazz, Gershwin’s genius has long been celebrated. In the world of classical music, he was long marginalized as a “pops” composer —but no longer. Post-Classical Ensemble explores “interpreting Gershwin” —the man and the music.

Program
Gershwin: Prelude no. 2 (1926, as broadcast by the composer in 1932).
Gershwin: Prelude no. 2 (an improvisation by Genadi Zagor).
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (1924, as scored by Ferde Grofé for the Paul Whiteman Band); Genadi Zagor, piano.
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F (1925). Allegro moderato; Andante con moto; Allegro con brio.
Gershwin: Cuban Overture (1932)

 

Piano
Genadi Zagor, Vakhtang Kodanashvili

Conductor
Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Violin 1
David Salness (Concertmaster, Eric Lee, Yvonne Lam, Eva Cappelletti-Chao, Reiko Niiya-Chow, Jennifer Rickard

Violin 2
Sally McLain, Tim Macek, Najim Kim, Jennifer Himes, Sara Sherry

Viola
Phillippe Chao (principal viola), Uri Wassertsug, David Basch, Kyung LeBlanc

Cello
Steven Honigberg, Liz Davis, Kerry van Laanen

Bass
Ed Malaga, Jeff Koczela

Flute
Adria Foster, Nicolette Oppelt, Jonathan Baumgarten

Oboe
Mark Hill, Wes Nichols

English Horn
Carole Libelo

Clarinet
David Jones, Kathy Mulcahey

Bass Clarinet
Ed Walters

Bassoon
Don Shore, Ben Greanya

Contrabassoon
Eric Dircksen

Horn
Greg Drone, Ted Peters, Mark Hughes, Paul Hopkins

Trumpet
Chris Gekker, Tim White, Phil Snedecor

Trombone
George Allen, Mark Mauldin, Paul Schultz

Tuba
Mike Bunn

Saxophone
Ed Walters, Ben Bokor, Chris Vadala

Percussion
Bill Richards, John Spirtas, Danny Villanueva

Timpani
Jonathan Rance

Piano
Naoko Takao

Guitar/Piano
Wiley Porter

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gershwin: Take-Five

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.

With pianists Genadi Zagor and Vakhtang Kodanashvili, and Gershwin biographer Richard Crawford: Gershwin performances and improvisations.

Gershwin Songbook

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, 8:00–10:00 p.m.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.

The University of Maryland School of Music Faculty Jazz Ensemble (with vocalists) led by Chris Vadala perform Embraceable You, I Got Rhythm, and other Gershwin standards.

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