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Gershwin Rarities!

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Orchestra Hall
Friday, February 17, 2017 – 10:45 AM
Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 8:00 PM
This program will be live webcast Saturday, February 18
at 8:00 pm EST (GMT-5) on dso.org/live.
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Concert Description

The Rhapsody didn't end in Blue

As Gershwin turned the corner from the 1920s – and the success of Rhapsody in Blue – to the 30s, the hues grew darker and the nation sank into Depression. The Second Rhapsody grew from music composed for a surreal New York dream sequence in the 1931 romantic comedy-musical Delicious, and became a sequel to its relative in blue.

With an active repertoire of more than 100 piano concertos, international pianist and educator Sara Davis Buechner performs the Second Rhapsody along with Gershwin’s I’ve Got Rhythm Variations, another of his later works for piano and orchestra. Plus, a world premiere by DSO composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank.

ConcerTalk 2/18 at 7 PM: Get the most out of each Classical concert with informal presentations in Orchestra Hall one hour before the performance begins. Enjoy special guests, lectures, or performances that illuminate the program and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the art of making music! In this iteration, Jessica Getman, Managing Editor of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition at the University of Michigan’s Gershwin Initiative, will speak about the program.


Michelle Merrill, conductor  
Sara Davis Buechner, piano   


GABRIELA LENA FRANK Walkabout: Concerto for Orchestra (World Premiere)  
GERSHWIN I Got Rhythm Variations  
GERSHWIN Second Rhapsody  
GRIFFES The White Peacock