Thursday, Apr 25, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA
George Gershwin wrote countless scores for hit Broadway and Hollywood musicals during the early 1900s. With his lyricist-brother, Ira Gershwin, George wrote a catalogue of songs that have been embedded in the consciousness of millions of Americans for generations. Additionally, the Gershwins wrote the first “American Opera” – Porgy and Bess. Added to this magnificent popular song output was George’s composition of the symphonic Rhapsody in Blue, which has been hailed as the most transformative classical/jazz opus of the 20th century.
The program includes recordings of such great George Gershwin standards as I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You, They Can’t Take That Away from Me and Someone to Watch Over Me sung by the likes of Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Ella Fitzgerald as well as video footage of performances of key parts of An American in Paris, Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue.
Bruce Hambro is a cultural historian, formerly a business manager and booking agent in the music and film industries. He has more recently been a teacher in the Massachusetts public school system. Mr. Hambro has been featured on M.I.T’s WMBR-FM radio station as well as Needham’s Cable-TV Evening News.