Experts from the Manhattan School of Music lead an interactive online discussion about the social and cultural context that sparked the rise of composer George Gershwin in the 1920s.
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Story of a Composer: George Gershwin
Live via Zoom from the Manhattan School of Music
The 1920s saw a young nation, now free from war, able to develop its own rich culture. Major cities became centers for innovation in music, shunning European classicism for a freedom that was strictly American. It was from this ideal that the most well-known of American composers, George Gershwin, emerged. In this interactive Zoom program, participants will make guided comparisons between the classical and jazz idioms and apply these differences to the music of Gershwin in historical and social context, learning about many important works such as Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue.