Playlist: the influence of George Gershwin

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 15:45

Know any good George Gershwin numbers? You do. In fact there’s a chance you know more than you realise. From his first major classical work Rhapsody in Blue through celebrated operas Blue Monday and Porgy & Bess to the scores for Broadway musicals such as Oh, Kay! and Girl Crazy, and the films Shall We Dance and A Damsel in Distress; it was the music of George Gershwin which soundtracked interwar America.

On Sunday 10 February composer and Troy Miller plays homage to the great American composer with a special Gershwin Reimagined concert here at our Royal Festival Hall. With the Philharmonia Orchestra and singers Laura Mvula and Shaun Escoffery, composer and producer Miller will present spectacular new arrangements of unforgettable classics including Summertime, I Got Rhythm and Embraceable You.

To get in the mood for this special night we’ve put together this special playlist featuring covers of George Gershwin’s iconic works, including Someone to Watch Over Me and It Aint Necessarily So, as well as tracks that have sampled Gershwin pieces, such as Madonna’s In This Life.


Gershwin Reimagined, an epic evening of Gershwin’s timeless hits arranged by Troy Miller, and performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and singers Laura Mvula and Shaun Escoffery, took place at Royal Festuval Hall on Sunday 10 February.

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