Gershwin In New York

Rhapsody in Blue turns 100 in a program that explores the American Dream.

What’s Interesting About This Concert

  • After a rapturous reception at its Carnegie Hall debut, William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony, quickly disappeared into obscurity. This American masterpiece is only now starting to receive the attention it merits.
  • Famed jazz pianist Marcus Roberts and his trio bring a modern interpretation to George Gershwin’s beloved Rhapsody in Blue.
  • Samuel Barber, famous as the composer of Adagio for Strings, takes all the main elements of a traditional four-movement symphony and condenses them into one movement in his innovative Symphony No.1.

Concerts Should Be Fun

Why ask people to behave differently at symphony orchestra concerts than just about all other entertainment experiences? The California Symphony is changing that.

  • Free pre-concert talk begins an hour before the show
  • Bring your drinks to your seats
  • Phones on and silent allowed
  • Clap when you like what you hear

The Program

Samuel BarberSymphony No.1, in One Movement

George GershwinRhapsody in Blue

William DawsonNegro Folk Symphony

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