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    I've Got Rhythm: Louisville Orchestra To Perform Gershwin and Copland
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    Next week is all about two American masters: George

    Gershwin

    and Aaron

    Copland

    .  To help the Louisville Orchestra and Teddy Abrams celebrate the music of these and other musical greats are two equally dazzling solo artists, soprano Storm Large and pianist Kevin Cole.

    One of the concert’s centerpieces, Gershwin’s

    New York Rhapsody

    , is a must-see if for no other reason than because it is tragically underperformed--certainly more so than a certain blue sister.  It’s a fantastic score the sketches for which Gershwin intended to use for the 1931 film,

    Delicious

    .  If you have any doubts of the work’s superiority, take it from the composer himself who once remarked, “

    In many respects, such as orchestration and form, it is the best thing I have written.”  Pianist Kevin Cole takes center stage as soloist.

    Also on the menu is Kurt Weill’s

    Seven Deadly Sins

    .  Premiered in 1933, this

    ballet chanté

    (sung ballet) follows two sisters as they travel around the country in search of fortune to send back to their family in Louisiana.  Each movement between the bookending prologue and epilogue represents a different American city and seemingly corresponding deadly sin.  Rock singer Storm Large takes us on the journey with her.

    Not to be forgotten, dependable fan favorites to be pe

    rformed are Richard Rodgers’ overture to

    Oklahoma!

    and Aaron Copland’s

    Rodeo

    suite.  So there you have it: two pieces you’re sure to enjoy and two pieces your humble correspondent knows you’re going to.

    There will be two performances of this concert.  The first is at 10:30 am on Thursday, September

    25th

    and the second is at 8 pm on Friday, September

    26th

    .  Both are in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center.  Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased online here.  Also be sure to check out the various 2014-15 subscription packages offered by the Louisville Orchestra.

    Connect with me on Twitter: @rackoflambert!

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    About Michael J. Lambert

    Native Louisvillian, local musician, School of Music grad. Writing about the classical music scene in our lovely River City. If you have a question or want to debate Wagner, drop me a line on Twitter! "The only love affair I ever had was with music." -Maurice Ravel

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