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“A Night of Gershwin” Jazz Concert


By Antonio Lozoya

“In a way, life is like jazz…it’s better when you improvise.” —George Gershwin


George and Ira Gershwin will always be remembered as the songwriting team whose voice was synonymous with the sounds and style of the Jazz Age. But from 1924 until George’s death in 1937, the brothers wrote almost exclusively with each other, composing over two dozen scores for Broadway and Hollywood. Though they had many individual song hits, their greatest achievement may have been the elevation of musical comedy to an American art form.

Next Thursday, August 30, at 7pm, the XXIV International Festival of Jazz and Blues of San Miguel de Allende will pay tribute to the Gershwin brothers with an extraordinary concert, “A Night of Gershwin,” at the Angela Peralta Theater.

George Jacob Gershwin (1898–1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin’s compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions “Rhapsody in Blue” (1924) and “An American in Paris (1928), as well as the contemporary opera Porgy and Bess (1935). Gershwin’s compositions have been adapted for use in many films and for television, and several became jazz standards recorded and covered in many variations.

Ira Gershwin (1896–1983) was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the twentieth century. With George he wrote great songs like “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “The Man I Love,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” He was also responsible, along with DuBose Heyward, for the libretto to George’s opera Porgy and Bess. The success the Gershwin brothers had with their collaborative works has often overshadowed the creative role that Ira played. His mastery of songwriting continued after the early death of George. He wrote additional hit songs with composers Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, Harry Warren, and Harold Arlen.

Enjoy an evening to remember, where we will present the work of the Gershwin brothers, played by prominent musicians from Cuba, the United States, and Mexico: Joan Yonkler, voice; Robert Kaplan (Bobby Kapp), voice and drums (US); Gabriel Hernández, piano; Alfred Thompson, alto saxophone (Cuba); and Antonio Lozoya, bass and musical director (Mexico).

Tickets are available at the Angela Peralta box office theater or by PayPal:



XXIV International Jazz & Blues Festival presents

“A Night of Gershwin”

Sat, Aug 25, 7pm

Teatro Ángela Peralta

350, 300, 250, and 200 pesos


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