89.1 WEMU
  • February 14
  • Kempf House Museum, ANN ARBOR
  • February 14, 2018
  • Category: Lectures

Event Details

  • February 14, 2018
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Free


Event Description

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and George and Ira Gershwin, has long been considered one of the great American operas. It tells the story of a small black community in South Carolina, as it confronts tragedy and loss; it tells the story of a disabled man—Porgy—as he falls in love, only to see his Bess tempted away. As an affirmation of the opera’s cultural value, and in order to provide meticulously edited materials for performance and study, editor Wayne Shirley, in collaboration with The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition at the University of Michigan, as well as the Gershwin families, has worked diligently over the last decade to produce the work’s first critical edition. In preparation for its test performance by the University Musical Society and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Mr. Shirley, Mark Clague, and Jessica Getman will discuss the composition and reception of the work, as well as the process of producing this new edition, highlighting the history behind some of America’s favorite music, including “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nothin’,” and “My Man’s Gone Now.”

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Artist/Group Info:

  • patriceflo@gmail.com