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Spirituals and Jazz: Dawson and Gershwin

March 11–13, 2022


  • Fri, Mar 11, 2022, 7:30 PM

  • Sat, Mar 12, 2022, 7:30 PM

  • Sun, Mar 13, 2022, 2:00 PM


Bass Performance Hall


Gershwin ushered in the Jazz Age with a schmalzy slide in the clarinet and piano riffs that captured the buoyancy of the era. Thrill to his Rhapsody in Blue and travel with the composer to the artistic capital of the roaring 20s in An American in Paris. Pivot with the orchestra, then, on this all-American program to Dawson's Folk Symphony, a flawless fusion of classical styles and African-American spirituals that had haunted Dawson since his childhood.




GERSHWIN: An American in Paris

GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue

DAWSON: Folk Symphony

Featured Artists

 Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor

Orion Weiss, piano