John Alcorn

The George Gershwin Songbook

Ok. This is one that many of you have been waiting for :)

Next Wednesday, September 26 we’re bringing the George Gershwin Songbook to the Flying Beaver Pubaret. This will be the fourth installment of our ever-evolving Songbook Series.

Brilliant jazz masters Reg Schwager (guitar) and Michael Herring (bass) will be on board for this very special evening.


George Gershwin (1898 – 1937) was an American composer and pianist. His compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known.

George’s first big success was a song delivered by Al Jolson in the Broadway musical Sinbad. “Swanee” became an instant hit and propelled George’s music before the Broadway audience regularly.

In 1924, George collaborated with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin, on a musical comedy “Lady Be Good”. It included such standards as “Fascinating Rhythm” and “The Man I Love.” The writing partnership would continue for the rest of the composer’s life. Together they wrote many successful musicals, including “Oh Kay!” and “Funny Face”, starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele.

While continuing to compose popular music for the stage, Gershwin began to lead a double life, trying to make his mark as a serious composer.  Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, as well as the opera Porgy and Bess.

In 1937, after many successes on Broadway, the brothers decided go to Hollywood. Again, they teamed up with Fred Astaire, now paired with Ginger Rogers. They made the musical film, “Shall We Dance”, which included such hits as “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Soon after came “A Damsel in Distress”, in which Astaire appeared with Joan Fontaine.

After becoming ill while working on a film, he decided to return to New York to work on composing serious music. He planned a string quartet, a ballet and another opera, but he wasn’t able to complete these pieces. At the age of 38, he died of a brain tumor. Today he remains one of America’s most beloved popular musicians.

6:30PM – Doors Open
7:30PM – Performance Begins

$10.00 adv/$15.00 door
*Dinner reservations get priority seating*

Dinner available, before, during, and after the show.


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