Gershwin the Great

Cond. Etienne Siebens

Where jazz and classical music meet, George Gershwin holds sway… A prolific composer of songs at a young age, Gershwin’s first flash of fame was earned in music halls and Broadway productions. Despite popular successes such as Lady Be Good and Strike up the Band, Gershwin always aspired to be a ‘classical’ composer as well. His plan to become a student of Ravel failed, but he set out to explore genres and techniques on his own. Exquisite contributions to the repertoires of concerto (Rhapsody in Blue), symphonic poem (An American in Paris) and opera (Porgy and Bess) were the result. With this program Anima steps into the world of jazz and entertainment for the very first time.