George Gershwin, American Master: His Life and Music – Single Session
Orin Grossman – Fairfield University – $39 for the single talk.
The class will be presented from 7:00pm – 9:00pm ET
Wednesday, June 30
A link for viewing will be sent to you 1 day before the first class.
George Gershwin (1898-1937) was a true rarity in American music—someone at home both in popular and classical, or concert, music. He is beloved both for his amazing collection of songs that help define the Great American Songbook and for his brilliant compositions that draw on the American experience to create such masterpieces as An American in Paris, Porgy and Bess, and Rhapsody in Blue. Coming of age in the 1920’s, Gershwin is one of a handful of artists—F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway come to mind—who both personify the energy and complexity of the “Jazz Age” 1920’s and also still speak to us today. Each of these two presentations will include performances of his music in Gershwin’s own piano arrangements—some rarely heard today.
Orin Grossman is renowned internationally for his knowledge of music. He lectures and performs concerts throughout the US and Europe, he teaches Performing Arts at Fairfield University, and has served as the University’s Academic Vice President. Professor Grossman has been particularly associated with the music of George Gershwin, performing concerts of his song transcriptions and classical pieces to critical praise around the world, including performances in Cairo and New York. Professor Grossman was also chosen to play for the New York City Mayor’s Awards of Honor for Arts and Culture.