George Gershwin and His Remarkable Musical Masterpiece

Fairfield University

Orin Grossman is renowned internationally for his knowledge of music. He lectures and performs concerts throughout the US and Europe, taught Performing Arts for many years 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.




Gershwin wrote his first hit songs at the age of 19, and was a successful songwriter from then on. He created concert works out of melodies and rhythms that come out of the popular music of his day – Broadway ballads, ragtime, Latin dance rhythms, and the Blues. Professor Grossman’s lecture will demonstrate the unique way Gershwin composed, including his very first and most popular concert work, Rhapsody in Blue. And yes — Professor Grossman (who is a concert level pianist) will play that American masterpiece. Professor Grossman is renown internationally for his knowledge of the music of Gershwin. His presentation will explore why George Gershwin was a true rarity in American music, someone at home both in popular and classical music.



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Lynne Ward

Made a wonderful piece of music even more enjoyable

Of course, I love Rhapsody in Blue, but had never given any thought to the influences that made Gershwin write as he did. Professor Grossman clearly identifies these influences, playing examples as he goes along. His charming and intellectual approach makes the piece accessible. Then his playing of the Rhapsody straight afterwards means those influences can be easily identified.

Excellent lecture. Thank you.

2 years ago
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