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Gershwin music to open Firelands Symphony Orchestra concert season

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Oct 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM

SANDUSKY — The 2018-19 Firelands Symphony Orchestra concert season will open with an enchanting program that pays tribute to the great American composer and pianist, George Gershwin.

“An Evening with George,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sandusky State Theatre, will feature the full orchestra and chorale under the direction of conductor Carl Topilow. Pianist Kathryn Brown, who has performed around the globe, will perform “Rhapsody in Blue.” Two powerhouse vocalists, soprano Kishna Davis Fowler and baritone Michael Preacely, who will sing highlights from “Porgy and Bess,” one of the most famous and often performed American operas.

The concert is made possible by the generous sponsorship of our principal benefactor, the Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation, funding from The Ohio Arts Council, season sponsors Diane and Gary Ackerman, gold sponsor Erie County Community Foundation and silver sponsor Lata Stefano Dental.

For more concert information, refer to the Firelands Symphony Orchestra website at www.firelandssymphony.com.

Born in Brooklyn in 1898 as the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Gershwin brought the thrilling worlds of jazz and Broadway into the concert hall and opera house. He devoted about a month to writing “Rhapsody in Blue,” but it shared his schedule with other activities, including a trip to Boston.

“It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattlety-bang that is often so stimulating to a composer.  … And there I suddenly heard — and even saw on paper — the complete construction of the rhapsody, from beginning to end,” Gershwin once said. 

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