Festival Events Calendar
Wednesday Jul 29
8:00 pRhapsody In Blue
Thursday Jul 30
2:00 pOver There
8:00 pThe Dream's On Me
Friday Jul 31
2:00 pJazz Me Blues
Saturday Aug 1
8:00 pSingin' In The Rain
Wednesday Aug 5
8:00 pFred & GInger
Thursday Aug 6
2:00 pOl' Man River
8:00 pSummertime
Friday Aug 7
2:00 pBillie's Blues
Saturday Aug 8
8:00 pSpirituals To Swing
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Rhapsody In Blue
Festival Opening Gala
Rhapsody In Blue
Aeolian Hall, New York 1924
Wed Jul 29, 8:00-10:00 pm
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center
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OFAM 2009 Title Sponsor
  • Description
  • Personnel
  • Program
On February 12, 1924, the great bandleader Paul Whiteman presented “An Experiment In Modern Music” at New York’s Aeolian Hall, a salvo in his life-long crusade to prove to the musical establishment and cultural highbrows that the exciting music bursting out of America's every nook and cranny was just as worthy as anything European or classical. Towards the end of that historic and astounding evening, a young theatre composer named George Gershwin sat down at the piano, Whiteman lifted his baton, his Palais Royale Orchestra's clarinetist played that amazing opening glissando, and the rest, as they say, is history. Ken Peplowski and his hot OFAM orchestra welcome renowned jazz pianist Bill Mays in a re-creation of the masterpiece Gershwin premiered that night that you will never forget…and–with the help of Maria Jette, Bill Hulings, Catherine Olson and Ian Whitcomb–spend the rest of the evening cutting loose on the best tunes from the rest of that famed concert and the other great songs of 1924 Whiteman didn’t play that night but should have!
Event Personnel
Ken Peplowski, conductor & clarinet
Bill Mays, piano
Bill Hulings, vocals
Maria Jette, vocals
Ian Whitcomb, vocals, ukulele
Frank Vignola, guitar
Dan Barrett, trombone
Doug Miller, bass
Chuck Redd, drums
Program
SET I
 Livery Stable Blues
(1917) - Marvin Lee (w) Nick LaRocca, Ray Lopez, Alcide Nunez (m)
 Yes, We Have No Bananas
(1923) - Irving Cohn, Frank Silver (w/m) - Ian
 Whispering
(1920) - Marvin Schoenberger (w) John Schoenberger (m) - Maria
 Limehouse Blues
(1922) - Douglas Furber (w) Philip Braham (m)
 Kitten on the Keys
(1921) - Zez Confrey (m) - Bill Mays, piano
 A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
(1919) Ziegfeld Follies of 1919 - Irving Berlin (w/m) - Bill
 All Alone
(1924) Music Box Revue 1923 - Irving Berlin (w/m) - Maria
 Alexander's Ragtime Band
(1911) - Irving Berlin (w/m) - Catherine
 Rhapsody In Blue
(1924)
- Bill Mays, piano
-- Intermission --
SET II
 I Want To Be Happy
(1924) No No Nanette - Irving Caesar (w) Vincent Youmans (m) - Ian
 Fascinating Rhythm
(1924) Lady, Be Good - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) - Maria
 Somebody Loves Me
(1924) George White's Scandals 6th Edition - Ballard MacDonald, B. G. DeSylva (w) George Gershwin (m) - Catherine
 The Man I Love
(1924) Strike Up The Band - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) - Maria
 Copenhagen
(1924) - Charlie Davis, Walter Melrose (m)
 Tea For Two
(1925) No No Nanette - Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach (w) Vincent Youmans (m)
 Indian Love Call
(1924) Rose-Marie - Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach (w) Rudolf Friml (m) - Maria & Bill
 It Had To Be You
(1924) - Gus Kahn (w) Isham Jones (m) - Bill
 The One I Love
(1924) - Gus Kahn (w) Isham Jones (m) - Catherine
 I'll See You In My Dreams
(1924) - Gus Kahn (w) Isham Jones (m) - Ian
 Oh, Lady, Be Good!
(1924) Lady, Be Good - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) - Ian
Ticket/Venue Info
Rhapsody In Blue Ticket Prices
Seat
Level
Full
Price
Discount Prices
15%20%25%Stud.
AA38.00  32.50  30.50  28.50  19.00 
A32.00  27.25  25.75  24.00  16.00 
B26.00  22.25  21.00  19.50  13.00 
C18.00  15.50  14.50  13.50  9.00 
Silva Concert Hall
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
One Eugene Center
Eugene, Oregon
541-682-5000
QSL Print Communications
OFAM 2009 Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor