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For piano, orchestra, and chorus by George Gershwin arranged by Dr. Michael Fennelly

World Premiere

October 25, 2016 

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York
National Chorale

Dr. Everett McCorvey, conductor

European Premiere 

August 1, 2021

Joroinen Music Festival, Finland

While composing music for a Fred Astaire film in Hollywood, Gershwin began a project he had long had in mind: adding voices and lyrics to his most famous composition, Rhapsody in Blue. However, Gershwin's tragically early death in 1937 left this arrangement unfinished. This long lost version remained incomplete until Dr. Michael Fennelly discovered and reconstructed Gershwin's sketches. Now, after nearly a century, we can hear Rhapsody in Blue performed as Gershwin finally intended.   

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