Pianist and Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will explore the tragically short, but incredibly productive, life of America’s greatest composer.  The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Gershwin grew up in the rough, chaotic streets of New York and soaked up the melting pot around him to help formulate the new, brash sound of America.  Combining elements of “Jewish” music with the “Blues” and “Ragtime” brought by recent black migrants from the South, Gershwin would help produce the new “Jazz” and “Broadway” sound that made New York City a new center for musical culture.  Gershwin seamlessly moved between the “classical” and “popular” worlds to help reveal the continuum of these seemingly different idioms.  Dr. Weiser will play favorites such as  “Rhapsody in Blue,” “An American in Paris,” and the “Three Preludes.”  He will also be joined by mezzo-soprano Laura Compton to perform many of Gershwin’s iconic songs, most written with his brother Ira, including “The Man I Love,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Love is Here to Stay” and many more.  You won’t want to miss this toe-tapping show celebrating America’s greatest composer.