Saturday evening, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee, November 2, at 2:30 p.m.
Join pianist and Gershwin authority Robert Wyatt at Eventide Arts in Dennis, MA, for this lively program exploring George Gershwin's life and legacy. The evening will include live performance of the solo version of Rhapsody in Blue, early and unpublished music, piano improvisations, and classic Gershwin hits. The program will also feature archival recordings of Gershwin’s early-1930s radio program, Music by Gershwin.
Pianist/scholar Wyatt will take the audience on a musical journey. The end of World War I signaled the beginning of a new and distinctively American era of prosperity, changing morals and manners, and a deepening fascination with all types of popular entertainment. Celebrities like John Barrymore, Fanny Brice, Babe Ruth, and Mary Pickford, dominated the newspapers, airwaves, and magazines. With a runaway hit song called “Swanee” in 1919, a young Brooklyn-born composer named George Gershwin joined them in the spotlight. For nearly two decades, his fame and musical output would grow meteorically, catapulting him to international acclaim before his tragic death in 1937.
Tickets are available for $20, online (http://eventidearts.dreamhosters.com/BoxOffice.html) or by phone (508 398 8588). Eventide Arts is located at the Historic Dennis Union Church, 713 Main Street, Rt 6A & Old Bass River Road Dennis, MA.