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The North Carolina Symphony In The Jazz Age


The North Carolina Symphonywill play a familiar tune in its upcoming shows: George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." 

Released during the roaring 1920's when jazz was all the rage, “Rhapsody in Blue" merged jazz with classical music. The symphony performs the iconic tune with guest conductor Edwin Outwater, pianist Timo Andres and Andrew Lowy on clarinet. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Outwater, music director at Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, about importance of "Rhapsody in Blue” and its history.

The most well known version of "Rhapsody in Blue" is probably the one heard at the beginning of Woody Allen's Manhattan. That version is available below:

Composer and clarinet player Derek Bermel's full composition can be listed to below.

Edwin Outwater will be speaking about George Gershwin tonight at Quail Ridge Books at 7 p.m.

Outwater will be guest conducting the North Carolina Symphony this week and more information can be found here.

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Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.