Ira Gershwin on Walking

March 20, 2020

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Have you gone for a walk lately? In this time of great uncertainty, and inspired by “Is It OK to Take a Walk?” Alex Williams’ wonderful New York Times essay of March 17, 2020, I’m…

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Celebrating An American in Paris in China

July 11, 2019

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The award-winning musical An American in Paris recently made its debut in China to enthusiastic audiences. Mike and Jean Strunsky of the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts were in attendance at the performance in Beijing…

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Tony Bennett & Diana Krall Sing Gershwin – Together!

August 8, 2018

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Watch the official music video for Tony Bennett and Diana Krall’s “Fascinating Rhythm” from their forthcoming album Love Is Here To Stay, set for release on September 14 via Verve Records /Columbia Records. The music video was filmed…

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Library, Star-Studded Cast Honor Tony Bennett with Gershwin Prize

November 28, 2017

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Note: This article was originally published on Friday, November 17, 2017 in the Library of Congress Gazette. It is being republished here – in its original, unedited form – with the courtesy of its author,…

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Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday!

April 14, 2017

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On April 25, 2017, the musical world will pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, whose six-decade career included an extensive repertoire of songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Her first commercial…

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Broadway to Main Street features the songs of Ira Gershwin

March 23, 2017

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Laurence Maslon, author of numerous books on stage and screen musicals (South Pacific, The Sound of Music), and Associate Chair/Arts Professor at the Graduate Acting Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts,…

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Smokey Robinson Receives the Gershwin Prize

February 6, 2017

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On Friday, February 10, 2017, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) will begin airing Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the latest special to honor the work of great musical artists…

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Ira Gershwin – The Floating Soul

December 6, 2016

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In the summer of 1919, Ira Gershwin – whose 120th birthday we celebrate today – was two years away from his first true Broadway success. This came with his lyrics, to the music of composers…

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Remembering George’s first years in Brooklyn

September 26, 2016

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September 26, 2016 marks the 118th anniversary of the birth of George Gershwin, who arrived in the world at the home of his parents at 242 Snediker Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. To mark the occasion,…

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Porgy and Bess in Charleston

June 16, 2016

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The new production of Porgy and Bess, which recently closed at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, received widespread coverage from the national press. Favorably reviewed in the New York Times, the production was…

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