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The premiere of Of Thee I Sing was conducted by George Gershwin at the Music Box Theatre in New York City on December 26, 1931. In conducting the orchestra that night, Gershwin admonished them to “Play it hot—not Harlem hot, Park Avenue hot.” Until this one, all the overtures to Gershwin'...
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  George Gershwin's only work for solo violin with piano accompaniment, Short Story, was premiered by violinist Samuel Dushkin accompanied by Gershwin at the University Club of New York on February 8, 1925. Dushkin (for whom Igor Stravinsky wrote his violin concerto) dropped by Gershwin's...
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  This piece for orchestra with piano was introduced by George Gershwin, piano, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Serge Koussevitsky in Symphony Hall in Boston on January 29, 1932. The Gershwins first wrote for the movies in 1923, when they fashioned a song, “The Sunshine Trail,”...
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  This was George Gershwin's last orchestral work. It was written for the shipboard dog-walking scene in the film Shall We Dance. That film was released in May 1937, the orchestra led by Nathaniel Shilkret. According to witnesses, Gershwin quickly improvised the tune on the movie set. He then...
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When National Geographic Traveler magazine recently asked me to name one of my favorite Golden Gate Park destinations, I chose the playground at Koret Children’s Quarter--for its great old carousel and wild slide. Pick up the December issue of National Geographic Traveler to see what other Bay...