A Gershwin Birthday Gala with Jack Gibbons at The Kennedy Center

In celebration of George Gershwin's 114th birthday on September 26th, pianist Jack Gibbons brings a program of Gershwin's virtuoso show tune improvisations, reconstructed note-for-note from the composer's recordings on 78s, radio broadcasts, and piano rolls from the 1920s and 1930s. Also on the program are transcriptions of the concert works An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue, along with music by Gibbons and by Chopin's contemporary Charles-Valentin Alkan.

Jack Gibbons is recognized as one of the world's greatest interpreters of the piano music of George Gershwin, having been described by the BBC as "THE Gershwin pianist of our time." His numerous performances in New York, London, and elsewhere have received standing ovations and critical acclaim. In June 2010 Gibbons was appointed artist-in-residence at Davis & Elkins College, located in the arts-oriented community of Elkins in West Virginia's Appalachian Mountains.

Members of the Davis & Elkins College community are invited to join us at this historic concert as well as on a tour of The Kennedy Center with William Turner, '72 from 2-3:30 p.m. (free) and a post-concert reception with the artist at the Watergate (adjacent to The Kennedy Center) hosted by John and Joyce Allen immediately following the performance.

To purchase tickets by phone or to RSVP for the afternoon tour or post-concert reception, contact Robin Price at 304-637-1243 or pricer@dewv.edu. Tickets for the concert are also available through The Kennedy Center online (kennedy-center.org).

Event Date & Time: 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Off-Campus Location: 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC