Saturday, August 12 | 7:30 p.m.
Leif Bjaland, Conductor
Joseph Joubert, Piano
Alicia Hall Moran, Vocalist
Destan Owens, Vocalist
"Star Spangled Banner" arranged John Williams
"America the Beautiful" written by Samuel Ward, arr. Robert Russell Bennett
"Alexander’s Ragtime Band" written by Irving Berlin, orch. by Ryan Shirar
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" written by Don Raye/Hughie Prince, arr. by Bill Holcombe
"An American in Paris" written by George Gershwin, arr. by John Whitney
"Strike Up the Band" written by G. Gershwin/Ira Gershwin, arr. by J. Whitney
"They Can’t Take That Away from Me" written by G. Gershwin/I. Gershwin, arr. by Andrew Gerle
"The Man I Love" written by G. Gershwin/I. Gershwin, arr. by A. Gerle
"Swanee written by G. Gershwin, arr./orch. by Joseph Joubert
"Jasbo Brown"/"I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’"medley written by Oral Moses/Judy Cole, arr./orch. by J. Joubert
"Armed Forces Salute" arr. by Bob Lowden
"Rhapsody in Blue" written by G. Gershwin, orch. by Ferde Grofé
"God Bless America" written by I. Berlin, arr. by Carmen Dragon
“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 the gorgeous Broadway voices of Alicia Hall Moran and Destan Owens in a performance of Gershwin and Berlin favorites.
“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 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.”
This performance is generously underwritten by the Brunk Family Foundation and the Wayne and Nan Kocourek Foundation.
This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board.