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Cultural Center

I Hear a Rhapsody:
The Classical Music of George Gershwin

George Gershwin

was presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center

April 6, 2002

This symposium celebrated, explored and presented the classical music written by one of America's greatest composers and songwriters, George Gershwin. George and Ira Gershwin's contributions to our popular music, theater music and film music filled the 20th-century world. Throughout his unfortunately brief lifetime, George Gershwin composed many works for concert audiences. His close ties to the world of theater and commercial music gave these works a very personal and unique American flavor.

The symposium featured the newly expanded classical repertoire of Mr. Gershwin which has catapulted his name into the sphere of major American classical composers. Alicia Zizzo's musicological research led to the subsequent publication of all the new works by Warner Brothers under the auspices of the Gershwin estate. These are the first new publications of George Gershwin's music in over half a century.

Joseph G. Astman Symposium Scholar:

Alicia Zizzo
Concert Pianist, Musicologist
Matinecock, New York

Symposium Director:

Herbert Deutsch
Professor Emeritus of Music
Hofstra University

Symposium Coordinator:

Deborah Lom
Hofstra Cultural Center

For more information about this symposium contact:

Hofstra Cultural Center
200 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
Tel: (516) 463-5669
Fax: (516) 463-4793
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