London Gershwin Players

London Gershwin Players

Saturday, 27 January 2024, 7.00pm

Musica Viva welcomes the 27-member London Gershwin Players, with Mark Forkgen, conductor and Robert Taub, piano, for an upbeat, all-Gershwin evening.

The London Gershwin Players will perform the exciting original version of 'Rhapsody in Blue' - the tighter, leaner, more focused version that was written for the legendary 22-piece Paul Whiteman Band in New York City. Both Mark Forkgen, conductor and pianist Robert Taub particularly like this version, as it has a sharper edge and greater spontaneity compared to the more often performed large orchestral version. Gershwin composed 'Rhapsody in Blue' in a frenzied few weeks, and its first performance, a storied occasion with Gershwin himself at the piano, Stravinsky and other luminaries in the audience, was an immediate success. This concert marks the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the piece’s composition in January 1924.

- Overture to the Musical 'Girl Crazy'
- 'Porgy and Bess' Fantasy
- 'American in Paris'
- 'Rhapsody in Blue' (with Robert Taub, pianist)

The other Gershwin works on this programme, American in Paris and Porgy & Bess Fantasy, are also fabulous with this tighter ensemble, and it's exciting to bring these works to our Musica Viva series here. London-based conductor Mark Forkgen is a favourite of Plymouth audiences, and the London Gershwin Players is very special indeed. Don't miss this unique programme.

Ticket information: £12, £10 concessions, FREE to all students and under 18s

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Published by ellafrancis_ on 8 November 2023

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