In terms of pure musicality, George Gershwin was America’s Schubert. He composed with a creativity and skill that immortalized his art, and hardly any of his works is more embedded in the world’s musical consciousness than Rhapsody in Blue, originally described by Gershwin as a “symphony” for piano solo and jazz band. This extraordinary chamber music program pays tribute to great composers who crossed the bridge between the classical and jazz idiom, with dazzling results.
Ravel | Sonata for Violin and Piano (1923-27)
Marsalis | Selections from At the Octoroon Balls for String Quartet (1995) (CMS Co-Commission)
Milhaud | La création du monde for Piano Quintet, Op. 81 (1923)
Gershwin | Rhapsody in Blue for Piano, Four Hands (1924) (arr. Henry Levine)
Anne-Marie McDermott, Orion Weiss, piano
Chad Hoopes, violin
Orion String Quartet – Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, violin, Steven Tenenbom, viola Timothy Eddy, cello