Fascinating Rhythms: Gershwin and Joplin

Friday February 5
12:30 (preview) & 7:00 PM

World Financial Center Winter Garden
200 Vesey Street New York, NY 10281

A Tribute to Black History Month

The New York Opera Society debuts at the Winter Garden with two concerts celebrating the music of George Gershwin and Scott Joplin, featuring renowned soprano Christina Clark, baritone Kenneth Overton and a 1930s Weimar Berlin style jazz quintet.

The program explores the composers’ rich legacy with performances of the Jascha Heifetz setting for Porgy and Bess, several seminal pieces by Gershwin, excerpts from Joplin’s treasured opera, Treemonisha, and new settings of cherished melodies by Joplin. Accompanied by original projections developed from archival materials from the National Gallery of Art, the musical program illustrates Joplin’s influence on the young Gershwin, and their indelible marks on American music as the respective Kings of Ragtime and American Popular Song. (More)