George Gershwin Solo Piano Concert
By Antonio Cabrero
George Gershwin’s exciting music covers a wide range of aspects of music in the United States. That is precisely what makes him the most important composer of that country.
Tribute to George Gershwin
Solo Piano Concert
Sat, Aug 30, 6pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
A professional pianist since age 15, he played several nightclubs in New York and thus learned an extensive song repertoire, since he also worked with singers and as a pianist for Broadway shows.
George Gershwin was labeled a genius by his first piano teacher at age 11, and discovered by Paul Whiteman as the young man who was destined to make American jazz a more respected musical genre. Whiteman asked him to compose a piece for his band but legend has it that Gershwin forgot that conversation until he read in the paper that the piece was going to be performed by the Paul Whiteman band in their next concert.
Working frantically, he managed to produce a piece. It was “Rhapsody in Blue,” and it gave respectability to jazz forever and made Gershwin famous all over the world.
Upon traveling to France, he visited Maurice Ravel and asked Ravel to teach him.
Gershwin mow was composing for Broadway and for the film Industry in California where he paid a visit to composer Igor Stravinsky, then living in Beverly Hills. Gershwin asked for music lessons but Stravinsky, looking at Gershwin’s lifestyle and fine limousines and clothes, said to him, “Why don’t I take lessons from you instead?”
I, Maestro Antonio Cabrero, will conduct this piano solo Gershwin tribute with the San Miguel International Symphony Orchestra as a fundraiser to make the 2014-2015 concert season possible.
The orchestra played a celebrated Gershwin Concert a year ago. In fact, the orchestra has completed 12 concerts in its first year of existence.