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  • Personnel
  • Program
Most consider the golden age of American popular song to be the years between the two World Wars. The lyricists who formulated the American Songbook style--Irving Berlin, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter--all began writing in the 1920s, inventing a new native poetry drawn from a wonderful combination of sophisticated wordplay and unstudied, everyday parlance.
Of these Ira Gershwin in particular stands out, first because he was the first to write an established musical comedy hit in this new, "All-American" style (1924's Lady Be Good!, with music by younger brother, George), and second because he was, simply put, one of its greatest masters. Ira described his lyrics as “simple, colloquial, rhymed conversational lines”. These “simple” lines magically draw the listener in with their high level of craftsmanship and extreme wit.
George and Ira Gershwin had one of the most esteemed collaborations in the Golden Age of musical comedy, resulting in a brilliant body of work that included a seemingly endless string of hit musicals and songs cut short only by George's untimely death in 1937. Both the contribution and influence on musical theater and American popular song was profound.
Stunned by George’s death, Ira did no writing for three years. But he then began a second career writing with many different composers including Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Aaron Copland, Arthur Schwartz, Harry Warren, Kay Swift and Burton Lane and proved anew that he was one of the great songwriters.
Event Personnel
Shirley Andress, aritistic director
Vocalists
Musicians
Frank Kenney, reeds
Bob Bork, reeds
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Roger Woods, reeds
Joe Manis, reeds
Dave Bender, trumpet
Douglas Dietrick, trumpet
Morani Sanders, trumpet
Glenn Griffith, trombone
Glenn Bonney, trombone
Todd Johnson, trombone
Vicki Brabham, piano
Nathan Waddell, bass
Merlin Showalter, drums
Program
SET I - STRIKE UP THE BAND
 Strike Up The Band
(1927) Strike Up The Band Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Blah, Blah, Blah
(1931) Delicious Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Someone To Watch Over Me
(1926) Oh, Kay! Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Love Is Here To Stay
(1938) The Goldwyn Follies Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 But Not For Me
(1930) Girl Crazy Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 I Got Rhythm
(1930) Girl Crazy Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Embraceable You
(1930) Girl Crazy Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Cheerful Little Earful
(1930) Sweet And Low Ira Gershwin (w) Harry Warren (m)
 I Can't Get Started
(1935) Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 Ira Gershwin (w) Vernon Duke (m)
 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
(1937) Shall We Dance Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Slap That Bass
(1937) Shall We Dance Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
SET II - 'S WONDERFUL
 'S Wonderful
(1927) Funny Face Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Nice Work If You Can Get It
(1937) A Damsel In Distress Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 A Foggy Day
(1937) A Damsel In Distress Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Long Ago And Far Away
(1944) Cover Girl Ira Gershwin (w) Jerome Kern (m)
 Oh, Lady, Be Good!
(1924) Lady, Be Good Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 The Man I Love
(1924) Strike Up The Band Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 They All Laughed
(1937) Shall We Dance Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 I've Got A Crush On You
(1928) Treasure Girl Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 How Long Has This Been Going On?
(1927) Smarty Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Let's Take A Walk Around The Block
(1934) Life Begins At 8:40 Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 The Man That Got Away
(1954) A Star Is Born Ira Gershwin (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 Fascinating Rhythm
(1924) Lady, Be Good Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)


Ticket/Venue Info
'S Wonderful Ticket Prices
Seat
Level
Full
Price
Discount Prices
10%      
A20.00  18.00  -   -   -  
Youth10.00  -   -   -   -  
Austin Auditorium
LaSells Stewart Center
875 SW 26th St
Corvallis, OR
541-737-2402