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
The Shedd Ticket Office
541.434.7000
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Even as Broadway, was inventing “the American musical” during the 1920s as a form distinct from its European roots, there was always the ambition among some–Kern, Hammerstein and Gershwin come immediately to mind–to take the genre beyond its popular comic style into the world of serious art music. Indeed, the history of that transformation–from Kern’s Princess Theatre shows with Wodehouse and Bolton in the late 1910s, to Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat in 1927, to the triumph of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! in 1943–unfortunately tends to obscure the American musical comedy as a serious and valuable art form in its own right. Gershwin’s own contribution came late in his tragically short life. In October 1935 he, Ira, and DuBose Heyward created what Gershwin considered his masterpiece: the “American folk opera” Porgy and Bess. Daringly cast completely with classically-trained African Americans, the show was not a financial success, and it sparked broad artistic and social controversy that continues even today. Yet there was and is no denying the work’s genius and lasting impact on American popular music. We present 10 of the opera’s brilliant songs, along with a selection gems from the Gershwins’ musical comedy catalog.
Event Personnel
Ken Peplowski, director, clarinet
Program
 Strike Up The Band
(1927) Strike Up The Band - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 How Long Has This Been Going On?
(1927) Smarty - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) - Maria
 They All Laughed
(1937) Shall We Dance - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) - Clairdee
 Fascinating Rhythm
(1924) Lady, Be Good - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) - Maria
 Summertime
(1935) Porgy And Bess - Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward (w) George Gershwin (m) - Maria
 A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
(1935) Porgy And Bess - Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward (w) George Gershwin (m) - Byron
 My Man's Gone Now
(1935) Porgy And Bess - Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward (w) George Gershwin (m) - Maria
 I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
(1935) Porgy And Bess - Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Bess, You Is My Woman Now
(1935) Porgy And Bess - Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward (w) George Gershwin (m) - Byron
 It Ain't Necessarily So
(1935) Porgy And Bess - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m) - Byron, Clairdee
 I Loves You, Porgy
(1935) Porgy And Bess - Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward (w) George Gershwin (m) - Clairdee
 There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
(1935) Porgy And Bess - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Oh, Bess, Where's My Bess
(1935) Porgy And Bess - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Oh, Lawd, I'm On My Way
(1935) Porgy And Bess - Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward (w) George Gershwin (m) - Clairdee
Ticket/Venue Info
Summertime Ticket Prices
Seat
Level
Full
Price
Discount Prices
15%20%25%Stud.
AA36.00  30.75  29.00  27.00  18.00 
A28.00  24.00  22.50  21.00  14.00 
B20.00  17.00  16.00  15.00  10.00 
O20.00  17.00  16.00  15.00  10.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
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