From the Tin Pan Alley to the Hills of Beverly (and innumerable Broadway theatres, private salons and concert halls in between), George Gershwin burnished a legacy of countless refrains spanning classical, folk and popular music. He channeled his unquenchable curiosity and potpourri of influences into a uniquely American sound. Jazz. And the world was never the same.
Gershwin’s prolific output of melodies, including They Can’t Take That Away From Me, How Long Has This Been Going On?, S’wonderful, Embraceable You, Love is Here to Stay, Fascinating Rhythm, A Foggy Day and Swanee. helped establish the country’s dominance as a worldwide cultural force.
Gershwin’s trailblazing success is unparalleled. Many of those triumphs remain unsurpassed. Forever altering the course of music, entertainment and the world, tonight we celebrate a genius whose spirit will live on as there is music to be heard.
Celebrating… an incomparable quest for musical excellence and melodic brilliance.
Celebrating… “The man who made an honest woman of Jazz!”
Celebrating… The Gift of Gershwin.
For more than a quarter century, Jordan von Haslow has engaged audiences around the world with his charismatic brand of bubbly confidence, dynamic artistry and honest lyrical interpretation. Von has performed to sold-out audiences internationally at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center and the Albury Hotel in Sydney, Australia. His performances include the New York production of The Phantom of the Opera, the PBS presentation of Steppenwolf Theatre’s Mad Joy, Leonard Bernstein: A Celebration with Harolyn Blackwell and Jubilant Sykes and the Stephen Sondheim 80th Birthday Celebration with the New York Pops. His debut recording, This Could Be the Start of Something, was released on Voix Chic Records in 2002.
The Chicagoland Pops Orchestra was formed under the leadership of John Apple with the goal of sharing great symphonic pops music. The Pops attracts professional and gifted instrumentalists whose concerts capture the imagination of children and adults alike with a fast-paced, informal approach to great music from the stage, screen and television as well as orchestral classics. Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra an ambassador for the arts that offers an incredible opportunity for family entertainment! John Apple founded the Dickens Festival Chorus in 2005 and the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra on 2009.
Blake Allen is a multifaceted composer, arranger, orchestrator, producer, and instrumentalist based out of New York City who made his debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Heavily inspired by his El Paso and Mormon roots, Blake’s works have been described by the New York Times as “full of yearning and exuberance and affection" with "strings to make you swoon.” Blake's credits include the series An Evening With... (album available now); Off-Broadway: Folk Wandering (Pipeline Theatre, 2018), shards of an honour code junkie (Trevor Project Benefit, 2017); Off-Off: Kelly ; as well as countless recordings, film, and television credits including the record breaking Shade: Queens of NYC on Fusion TV.
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