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The Symphony Orchestra of Kyiv National Academic Operetta Theater will prepare for fans a new piece of exquisite music – compositions of George Gershwin. Works of the famous American composer with Ukrainian roots, George Gershwin will be conducted by David Charles Abell (American conductor).
George Gershwin was born in New York in the family of Jewish immigrants from Odessa. The beauty of Ukrainian tunes inspired Maestro to create hits that became known all over the world. In 1935, Mr. Gershwin wrote the “Summertime” aria for Porgy and Bess. He was inspired to create this composition by the Ukrainian lullaby song “Ouch, dreams are walking around the windows”, which Gershwin first heard in New York performed by the Ukrainian National Choir, led by Alexander Koshits in 1929. “Summertime” is very popular nowadays, uniting Ukrainians and Americans with the Gershwin code. This music code unites our nations with the beauty and majesty of Gershwin’s tunes.
Performing songs such as “Rapsody in Blue” (1924) and “American in Paris”, songs “I Got Rhythm” (1930), “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess” opera, Ukrainian musicians felt the musical identity with Great Gershwin.
The Gershwin Code concert consists of two parts. The first part will be dedicated to works of Gershwin from musicals and operas. The second part of the concert will be devoted to the compositions of Maestro, played in well-known movies. Together with the orchestra and soloists of the National Operetta of Ukraine, Florian Feilmair, a virtuoso pianist from Austria also will perform on the stage.
American conductor David Charles Abell will arriv in Kyiv on January 19 and begin rehearsals with the orchestra and soloists of the National Operetta of Ukraine. The musicians of Kyiv National Academic Operetta Theater is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Maestro. Maestro will share his great experience with the musicians and help to realize successfully the American-Ukrainian cultural project.
The concerts will be implemented at the support of USA Embassy in Ukraine and National Union of Theatrical Figures of Ukraine.