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George Gershwin

Gershwin, George
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Concerts

Gustavo Dudamel leads the L.A. Philharmonic and pianist Herbie Hancock in an all-Gershwin season opener.

September 26, 2011 Hear the whole concert with superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel and guest pianist Herbie Hancock.

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July 4, 2008 Gershwin's Great American Opera, "Porgy and Bess," from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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January 11, 2008 The veteran vocalist sings songs from her latest CD, the Grammy-nominated Avant Gershwin.

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December 14, 2006 A varied history of American choral music from colonial anthems to the music of Leonard Bernstein.

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February 20, 2006 Marin Alsop conducts the Aspen Festival Orchestra in a performance from the Aspen Music Festival.

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January 12, 2006 Three songs highlighting his poetry and lyricism, arranged for string quartet by Stanley Silverman.

Studio Sessions

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April 16, 2008 Rupa Marya sings in French, Spanish, English, and Hindi while maintaining a career as a doctor.

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July 28, 2006 Guitarist Ralph Towner was inspired by a wide array of influences, from Bach to Brazil and jazz.

Interviews & Profiles

Audra McDonald (left) and Norm Lewis play the title characters in a new and controversial take on Porgy and Bess.

August 21, 2011 A new production of the classic Gershwin opera takes a surprisingly story-driven approach.

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Gordon Goodwin arranged "Rhapsody In Blue" for his Big Phat Band.

June 10, 2011 Jazz musician Gordon Goodwin has arranged George Gershwin's piece for his brassy Big Phat Band.

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George Gershwin (center) with brother Ira (right) and Fred Astaire

November 14, 2009 The Baltimore conductor programs a season that explores cultural and musical connections.

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William Harvey and Christopher O'Riley

September 6, 2009 The radio showcase for young musicians celebrates by catching up with some of its illustrious alums.

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Leonard Bernstein Conducts 1960

June 30, 2009 Leonard Bernstein performs American music with mid-century flair in this 1959 recording.

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An attention-grabbing opening can be the key to a successful composition.

January 5, 2009 Hear Rob Kapilow discuss the ways composers can set a tone in their works' opening seconds.

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American composer George Gershwin in 1925.

October 23, 2008 Revisit the summer of 2008 by reveling in George Gershwin's languid, gently rocking "Summertime."

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July 18, 2008 Here's how a simple Gershwin tune became the theme song for wherever the living is easy.

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March 12, 2007 On her new CD, Avant Gershwin, Patti Austin finds fresh inspiration in Gershwin's classics.

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January 20, 2007 George Gershwin's "Second Rhapsody" isn't nearly as well known as "Rhapsody in Blue." Pity.

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October 10, 2005 George Gershwin's iconic opera about black life in South Carolina debuted 70 years ago on Broadway.

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Gershwin

February 13, 2000 At age 25, George Gershwin took only three weeks to compose his most identifiable masterpiece.

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Discover Songs

Matt Haimovitz

November 9, 2010 The classical cellist has meandered in many musical directions. This time, jazz with eight cellos.

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Which composer would you choose to have dinner with?

November 5, 2010 This week, we asked the question: which long-gone composer would make the perfect dinner guest.

George Gershwin making alterations to the score for 'Porgy and Bess'.

October 8, 2000 Was this work an opera or a musical, a serious work or a patronizing minstrel show?

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Reviews

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June 28, 2007 New tracks from the '30s Broadway and radio star Ruby Elzy have been released on CD.

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More Stories

A Damsel in Distress

November 15, 2011 A 1937 Gershwin film features some of the brothers' best tunes and some delightful ensemble dances.

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Hunting and gathering music for your Thanksgiving holiday? Check out our playlist.

November 19, 2012 Our suggestions for a Turkey Day playlist, brimming with American sounds.

Soprano Cheryl Barker (as Jenůfa) and tenor Peter Wedd (as Luca) sing in a production of Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa from Opera Australia.

April 18, 2012 Opera reinvents itself in the hands of innovative composers facing a new century.

Michael Feinstein sings Gershwin, with strings.

July 28, 2011 Watch what happens when the celebrated cabaret artist sings Gershwin with a string quartet.

Judy Garland (right) sang "I Got Rhythm" in the 1943 movie version of the 1930s musical Girl Crazy.

February 9, 2011 Little did George Gershwin know that his lovable song would evolve into something far greater.

NPR Artist Directory

Chopin

Frederic Chopin

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

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George Gershwin plays George Gershwin

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Gershwin: Porgy and Bess [Original 1935 Production Version]

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America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years

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Something Else!!!!:The Music of Ornette Coleman

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Bernstein Century: Gershwin

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  • Album: Bernstein Century: Gershwin
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall

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