Richie Gerber’s latest blog post “George Gershwin the Painter” has been published by the University of Michigan Gershwin Initiative, an ongoing scholarly examination of the music of George and Ira Gershwin. This prestigious honor reflects Richie Gerber’s knowledge and passion for the life and talents of George Gershwin.
Self Portrait by George Gershwin (1936): image courtesy of the Library of Congress, published with permission of the Gershwin Estates
Read the full article: http://www.music.umich.edu/ami/gershwin/?p=870
In my previous post “An Experiment in Modern Music—Part 1,” I explored the events leading up to the concert. Now, here’s a bird’s-eye view of the event and its aftermath. Sit back and enjoy the show!
Setting the Stage
Tuesday, February 12, 1924, New York City found itself in the throws of a winter snowstorm. Jack Frost was nipping at the doors of Aeolian Hall on that cold, snowy, miserable afternoon. But this did not discourage a sold-out event. To the contrary, it was a standing-room only crowd, and hundreds were turned away at the box office. The streets around Aeolian Hall were lined with cabs and limos well before the 2:45 PM start time.Continue Reading
Aeolian Hall 1916
Before the Show
Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12, 1924, New York City
February 1924 was a month chock full of historical events, both large and small. Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, died on the 3rd of February. Later in the month, the British India government released nonviolent activist Mahatma Gandhi early from prison for “reasons of health.” (He was two years into his six-year sentence.) On the 17th and 24th, Johnny Weissmuller (aka Tarzan) set two Olympic records for swimming. Academy Award winner, Purple Heart recipient, and Silver Screen star Lee Marvin was born on the 19th in New York City. And, on the 22nd, Calvin Coolidge became the first president to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House in honor of George Washington’s Birthday.Continue Reading