Peter Nero: Gershwin in Hollywood

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Photo Credit: Donna Billingsley

Great Hall (Directions & Parking)

PREMIUM $70 | PL A $55 | PL B $45 | PL C $35 | PL D $30 |

Sat., November 14 - 8:00 PM


Part of Fresh Picked VPAC Original Series

And the VPAC Soulful & Swingin Original Series

 

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Michael Barnett - bassist
Katherine Strohmaier - vocalist

The great Peter Nero celebrates fifty years of recorded artistry as we lure him to the 88s to honor another peerless talent, George Gershwin. This VPAC original finds Nero – himself a two-time Grammy winner conjuring a bona fide American institution to celebrate Gershwin’s short life in Hollywood and his eternal life on screen thereafter.

Fun Fact

Peter Nero is the last living pianist who played "Rhapsody in Blue" with Paul Whiteman, conductor of the premiere performance in 1924. Nero recorded it twice: once with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops and, again, with Andre Kostalanetz and the New York Phil, as well as the Concerto in F with the Boston Pops.


Program

Part One

Broadway              

"Strike Up the Band"

“Someone to Watch Over Me“               

“Fascinating Rhythm”  

“I Got Rhythm” (Variations on)

"Embraceable You”      

“Love is Here to Stay”                             

“Porgy and Bess” (Excerpts from)

 

Intermission

Part Two

Hollywood

“Stairway to Paradise”

“Nice Work if You Can Get it”

“They Can’t Take That Away (From Me)”

“Foggy Day”

“They All Laughed”

“Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”

“An American in Paris” (Improvisations on Excerpts From)                                                                              

“Rhapsody in Blue”                      

"His music shows not only a fluent and totally self-assured technique but a sensitivity of phrasing that singers should study ... a precise sense of harmonic textures and a whimisical imagination..." - Joe McLellan, The Washington Post

 

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