Chicago Philharmonic

Fascinating Gershwin

Saturday, August 12  |  7:30 p.m.

Reserved $80-$65 | Terrace $45 | Lawn $25

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Scott Speck, Artistic Director
Joseph Joubert, Piano
Alicia Hall Moran, Vocalist
Destan Owens, Vocalist

“Chicago’s finest musical talent.” — Daily Herald

If you’re a George Gershwin or Irving Berlin fan – and who’s not – you’ll not want to miss this season’s special “Fascinating Gershwin” concert, which features the Chicago Philharmonic, the extraordinary showmanship of guest pianist Joseph Joubert and gorgeous Broadway voices in a performance of Gershwin and Berlin favorites, including “The Man I Love,” “American in Paris,” “Rhapsody in Blue,”  “Summertime,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,”  “Swanee” and many more.

“One of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras,” (Chicago Tribune), the Chicago Philharmonic is a collective of more than 200 musicians from the Chicago area. The Chicago Philharmonic performs regularly at Music by the Lake under the artistic direction of Scott Speck.

The son of immigrants who left school at 15 to play piano professionally, George Gershwin made an indelible mark on American music during the 20th century.  From his early success as a popular songwriter (with older brother Ira) to his enduring orchestral masterpieces Gershwin continually challenged himself and his art to produce some of the most memorable and beloved works.

Irving Berlin’s music served as a social barometer for much of the 20th century: it marched to war with soldiers, offered hope and inspiration to a nation in bleak times, and rejoiced in the good things embodied in the American way of life. It also provided anthems for American culture in such standards as “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” and “There’s No Business like Show Business.”