Gershwin in Pittsburgh

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The great American composer George Gershwin was a product of the energetic Jazz Age city of New York. Yet Pittsburgh may have been his adopted town, through road tours of his Broadway shows, his appearances as a concert pianist, and his myriad associates with ties to the Steel City. Meticulously researched, Gershwin in Pittsburgh chronicles these surprisingly consequential connections. Theatrical venues such as the Nixon and Alvin Theatres and colleagues like Ned Wayburn, Oscar Levant, George S. Kaufman, Dolores Costello, Fritz Reiner, and Pandro S. Berman are all spotlighted. Most revealing are the visits Gershwin personally made to the city—as accompanist to vaudeville star Nora Bayes, during his Rhapsody in Blue tours with the Paul Whiteman and Leo Reisman orchestras, and for his 1933 guest appearance with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
ISBN: 9781467106498
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 168
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Gregory Suriano, formerly a senior editor at Random House in New York, is a professor of art and music at Robert Morris University and editor of a Pittsburgh magazine. He has created Gershwin exhibitions for the Pittsburgh Symphony/Pops, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and the Oakland Carnegie Library. Suriano is the author of The Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators and two other books on his favorite composer, Gershwin in His Time and The Cinematic Gershwin.
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