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The lyricists who formulated the American Songbook style in the 1920s and '30s--Irving Berlin, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter--invented a new native poetry drawn from a wonderful combination of sophisticated wordplay and unstudied, everyday parlance. Of these Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) in particular stands out, first because he was the first to write a hit musical comedy in this new, "All-American" style (1924's Lady Be Good!, with music by younger brother, George), and second because he was 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 untimely 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.
For this concert, Shedd favorite Shirley Andress and friends pay tribute to Ira, George and Ira's later collaborators in grand style.
Event Personnel
Shirley Andress, artistic director, vocals
Vocalists
Musicians
Dave Bender, trumpet
Tony Glausi, trumpet
Justin Woodward, trumpet
Glenn Bonney, trombone
Joe Freuen, trombone
Glenn Griffith, trombone
Jesse Cloninger, alto sax
Josh Hettwer, tenor sax
Joe Manis, tenor sax
Vicki Brabham, piano
Niels Miller, bass
Merlin Showalter, drums
Program
Program
 I Can't Get Started
(1935) Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 Ira Gershwin (w) Vernon Duke (m)
 Soon
(1930) Strike Up The Band Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Do-Do-Do
(1926) Oh, Kay! 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)
 Embraceable You
(1930) Girl Crazy 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)
 How Long Has This Been Going On?
(1927) Smarty Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 The Saga Of Jenny
(1941) Lady In The Dark Ira Gershwin (w) Kurt Weill (m)
 A Foggy Day
(1937) A Damsel In Distress Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
SET II
 'S Wonderful
(1927) Funny Face Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 The Man I Love
(1924) Strike Up The Band Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Oh, Lady, Be Good!
(1924) Lady, Be Good Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Maybe
(1926) Oh, Kay! Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 They Can't Take That Away From Me
(1937) Shall We Dance Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Long Ago And Far Away
(1944) Cover Girl Ira Gershwin (w) Jerome Kern (m)
 Nice Work If You Can Get It
(1937) A Damsel In Distress 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)
 They All Laughed
(1937) Shall We Dance Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
(1937) Shall We Dance Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)


Ticket/Venue Info
They All Laughed Ticket Prices
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Full
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A37.00  33.50  31.50  29.75  -  
B33.00  29.75  28.25  26.50  -  
C27.00  24.50  23.00  21.75  -  
O19.00  17.25  16.25  15.25  -  
Youth Free0.00  0.00  0.00  0.00  -  
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
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