IGOR STRAVINSKY: Symphony in C
GEORGE GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris
STRAVINSKY: Suite from The Firebird (1919)
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
The intersection of jazz and classical music in the mid-20th century is one of the great stories in musical history. Gershwin’s best known masterpieces, Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, are bookended by Stravinsky’s iconic Symphony in C and Firebird Suite, the ballet/orchestral firestorm that was Stravinsky’s professional breakthrough. Hear how both Gershwin and Stravinsky’s music was influenced by jazz, and how their works in turn shaped the music of our time.