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Catherine Bott celebrates the genius of George Gershwin on the anniversary of his birth, on this day in 1898.
George Gershwin was born on this day in 1898 and tonight, Catherine Bott celebrates this great American composer with some of his finest works, including the Piano Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue, with Gershwin himself at the piano.
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We’ll also hear from two other big names in 20th-century American music: Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland.
George Gershwin: Strike up the Band - Overture
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Piano: George Gershwin
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Columbia Jazz Band
Leonard Bernstein: Divertimento for Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
George Gershwin: Fantasy on Porgy and Bess
Violin: Joshua Bell
John Williams conducts the London Symphony Orchestra
George Gershwin: Walking the Dog
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Aaron Copland: Danzon Cubano
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Piano: Orion Weiss
JoAnn Falletta conducts the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra