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Exploring Music takes an in-depth look at the life and music of George Gershwin, Sep 26-30

George Gershwin painting by Henry Botkin
The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Artist's Estate, Henry Botkin
George Gershwin painting by Henry Botkin

Artist Henry Botkin was the first cousin of composer George Gershwin, and this is Botkin's paintingof the composer in 1930. In the late 1920's Gershwin began taking painting lessons from Botkin and became fascinated with painting, even considering giving up music so that he could devote himself completely to painting.

Week of September 5, 2022 - Bill's Keepers This week, Bill plays his favorite recordings, those that have found their way into his “Keepers Box.” We will hear an eclectic mix of music full of upcoming stars, as well as established masters. Robert Stallman will perform a solo flute piece by Marin Marais, Paquito D’Rivera's Kites over Havana performed by the Imani Winds, and Go Way From My Window sung by Joan Baez with Sharon Isbin on the guitar.

Week of September 12, 2022 - Distant Neighbors Though we share a very long border with Latin America, we live in two very different worlds. Mexico’s early history of many indigenous cultures and its colonization by Spain in the early 16th century make for a fascinating evolution of its classical music. We’ll travel through the centuries from an Incan flute song, a waltz from Mexico City, Over the Waves by Juventino Rosas, and Bill finds Mexican mazurkas by Manuel Ponce.

Week of September 19, 2022  - String Quartets from Fibich to Sibelius This week we’ll consider the string quartet with an emphasis on lesser-known, late-19th century composers. Bill says “the music is familiar but the composer maybe not so familiar.” We’ll explore European composers born in the 1850s and 1860s such as Hugo Wolf, Vincent d’Indy, and Ernest Chausson, and even another contemporary of this group, American composer Amy Beach.

Week of September 26, 2022 - George Gershwin Join us for a week-long look at the life and soulful music of George Gershwin, including his Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and Porgy and Bess. A true American original, George Gershwin transcended musical categorization as he composed in a variety of forms. In only 38 years of life, Gershwin followed his curiosity without fear in building an astonishingly diverse oeuvre of compositions.