Hear Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on Christmas Eve

“It’s a bit of a hot mess, but in such a wonderful way it really just reminds me of life.”
—Charles Peacock

Rachmaninoff and Ernest Bloch were there 90 years ago when Rhapsody in Blue was first heard on February 12, 1924, in New York’s Aeolian Hall.

You can be there when Rhapsody in Blue is played in Santa Fe by 13-year-old virtuoso pianist and composer Emily Bear as part of our Christmas Eve Concert. Joseph Illick conducts the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra.

An affordable, family-friendly preview of the dress rehearsal of our Christmas Eve Concert is at 2pm.

Want to learn more about the piece? The best 30 minutes you can spend hearing about George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue is this episode of Soul Music from BBC Radio 4: BBC Radio 4: Soul Music: Rhapsody in Blue.

Musical analysis, Gershwin’s biography, and personal memories are beautifully intertwined against the backdrop of this iconic work. The piece features interviews with Professor of Music Howard Pollock and musician Moby.

If you’d rather read than listen, here’s an article about the 90th anniversary performance in New York: The Telegraph: Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin is celebrated

Questions about tickets? Call our office at 505 984 8759 or email info@performancesantafe.org