American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook is an evening of iconic American music by one of the most indelible composers of the twentieth century, George Gershwin. Nearly a century after the songs were composed, Gershwin’s music remains as fresh and irresistible as it did during the Jazz Age. His poetic melodies and eclectic oeuvre of everything including Broadway, Hollywood, opera and classic American standards have left a legacy audiences love to hear again and again.
The Gershwin Big Band led by Michael Andrew, whom The New York Post called “the next Harry Connick, Jr…a natural bandleader,” brings George Gershwin’s music to life in this brand new program. The evening combines a seventeen piece band, vocalist Michael Andrew plus an additional vocalist and much more to perform “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “The Man I Love” and many other time-honored Gershwin standards.
The Gershwin Big Band is a unique collection of world class jazz musicians assembled in the traditional big band configuration ideal for the Gershwin songbook. There is no ensemble more capable of complimenting the jazz influenced works of George Gershwin. With an incredible dynamic range and proclivity for swing and improvisation, the big band style is ideal for presenting the works of the Gershwins, who influenced American music at a time when big band was becoming the definitive sound of pop.
“Throughout my life I have enjoyed countless Gershwin concerts throughout the world, and I can truly say that Michael Andrew is one the most talented entertainers I have ever seen. His ability to interpret the music of George Gershwin is extraordinary.” -Todd Gershwin