Monday, February 12, 2024 @ 8:00pm – 10:00pm (EST)
Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, DC, United States
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George GershwinRhapsody in Blue (original version)
TBA — Selected works

On February 12, 1924, George Gershwin appeared at the piano with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra for the premiere of his freshly-minted Rhapsody in Blue. The iconic work was initially orchestrated by Ferde Grofé for Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, a unique ensemble with musicians whose abilities were known inside out. Here to bring that original sound back to life is the The United States Air Force Band, with special guest pianist Simone Dinnerstein. You will see the original manuscripts of this famed work of Americana drawn from the George and Ira Gershwin Collection and Ferde Grofé Collection, housed at the Library of Congress.

Pre-concert Lecture by Gershwin scholar Ryan Bañagale, 6:30pm, Whittall Pavilion.

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