Program Notes for Gershwin!
Composer: George Gershwin
Arranger: Warren Barker
George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn in 1898. He began his professional career in 1916 in New York’s “Tin Pan Alley” as a rehearsal pianist, while studying piano and orchestration.
His first big hit, Swanee, recorded by Al Jolsen, launched a career that saw him compose dozens of hit songs and Broadway musicals, and more importantly, establish a unique new type of music blending classical and jazz.
Tonight, we bring you Warren Barker’s arrangement of five of Gershwin’s all-time favorites, including Fascinating Rhythm, Embraceable You, Somebody Loves Me, Someone To Watch Over Me, and I Got Rhythm.
Enjoy with us now, Warren Barker’s delightful arrangement, Gershwin!