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Gershwin Piano Recital

Monday, November 21, 2016
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall

Sponsored by Michael Di Pietro and Alice Fishman on behalf of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor’s Book and Arts Festival, the Gershwin Initiative organizes a 90-minute lecture recital about the discoveries of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition, featuring student talent from SMTD’s jazz, piano, strings, voice, and winds and percussion departments.

Free – no tickets required

Guest Lecture: David Charles Abell

Monday, November 14, 2016
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall

David Charles Abell has had an extraordinarily successful and diverse career in classical music, opera, film music, and musical theater. He has conducted many of the top British orchestras, including the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Bournemouth Symphony. His 2014 critical edition of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate is a landmark scholarly volume on musical theater, and he is immersed in the works of George and Ira Gershwin.

Free – no tickets required

Gershwin Initiative Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall

Rediscovering Gershwin: Insights from the Gershwin Critical Edition

Panel discussion about the new critical editions of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Concerto in F with Mark Clague, editor-in-chief of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition and faculty members Kenneth Kiesler (conducting) and Logan Skelton (piano soloist), plus Timothy Freeze (editor of Concerto in F), and Kristen Clough (French music scholar). This panel discussion is in conjunction with the University Symphony Orchestra’s Gershwin’s performance on Friday, September 23. Free – no tickets required

University Symphony Orchestra

Friday, September 23, 2016
Hill Auditorium

Pre-concert lecture at 7:15PM in the lower lobby.
Kenneth Kiesler, conductor, Logan Skelton, piano, Timothy McAllister, alto saxophone
The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by its music director, Kenneth Kiesler, opens its 2016-17 season with music by two of America’s major composers: George Gershwin and John Adams. These will be the first performances of the new critical editions of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, with soloist Logan Skelton, and An American in Paris. The concert also includes John Adams’s The Chairman Dances and Saxophone Concerto, with soloist Tim McAllister, who has performed the piece many times, including the world premiere with the composer conducting.

PROGRAM: Adams- The Chairman Dances; Gershwin- Piano Concerto in F; Adams- Concerto for Saxophone; Gershwin- An American in Paris. Free – no tickets required

EXCEL Guest Lecture: Jim Kendrick

Monday, February 1, 2016
Earl V. Moore Building, Room 2058
7:00 PM

Legal Issues for Musicians: U.S. Copyright, Grand Rights, Rental Fees, and Commissioning Basics

James Kendrick, music publishing executive, offers a primer to the world of copyright, performance rights, rental income, and commissioning for performers and creators. Learn the vital tools of making a living in music with one of the leading international experts in music publishing today.

Co-sponsored by EXCEL and U-M Gershwin Initiative.

American Music Lecture: Prof. Dale Cockrell, Vanderbilt University

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
7:00 PM
Prostitution in the U.S. between 1840-1917 was big business. Tens of thousands of brothels, concert saloons, and dance halls across the nation—all common sites for prostitution—featured regular, full-time professional music-making for dancing, and thus provided a well-paid livelihood for working musicians. This project explores the nexus between prostitution, music-making, dance, sexuality, an underground cultural economy, and the development of musical foundations upon which an extraordinarily vital 20th-century American popular music was built.

Sponsored by the American Music Institute and U-M Gershwin Initiative.

Gershwin Panel Discussion

Friday, October 10, 2014
Hill Auditorium
2:30 PM
Join members of the families of George and Ira Gershwin, and Gershwin experts, for a discussion of America’s legendary composer/lyricist duo. Participants include Marc George Gershwin, Todd Gershwin, Mike and Jean Strunsky, Ryan Banagale, Mark Clague, and Robert Grijalva.
Free – no tickets required

SMTD Gershwin Performance

Friday, October 10, 2014
Hill Auditorium
8:30 PM
SMTD faculty and students collaborate in a multidisciplinary artistic celebration to dedicate George Gershwin’s newly refurbished Steinway grand. The instrument was donated to the University by Marc George Gershwin as part of the U-M Gershwin Initiative and its George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition.
Free – no tickets required

The Legacy of Song: George and Ira Gershwin Panel Discussion

Sunday, September 15, 2013
Rackham Assembly Hall (4th Floor)
2:00 PM
A discussion about the legacy and impact of American songwriters, especially George and Ira Gershwin, with special guest Marc Gershwin, U-M faculty, and representatives from the Library of Congress and Ira Gershwin Archive.
Free – no tickets required

Audra McDonald In Concert

Sunday, September 15, 2013
Hill Auditorium
4:00 PM
Kenneth Kiesler, conductor. Audra McDonald performs a variety of songs and Gershwin arrangements, accompanied by pianist Andy Einhorn and the University Symphony Orchestra. Presented by UMS.
Tickets available at the League Ticket Office 734.764.2538

Concert Band

Monday, October 7, 2013
Hill Auditorium
8:00 PM
Mark Norman, conductor. Jonathan Caldwell, graduate conductor. Poetic words, dance and culture served as the inspiration for the composers of this program. Caribbean, South American and Baroque European dance rhythms drive the compositions of Gershwin, Gandolfi and Gorb while the words of Walt Whitman pertaining to the cycle of life, a shared reflection and mercurial energy are expressed in Iannaccone’s powerful work. The moving words of Mobberly’s father about the love of his life for 61 years are beautifully set in Words of Love.
PROGRAM: Gershwin – Cuban Overture; Mobberly – Words of Love; Iannaccone – Sea Drift; Gorb – French Dances Revisited; Gandolfi – Vientos y Tangos.
Free – no tickets required