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Gershwin's beloved Rhapsody in Blue, inspired by the blues and jazz of the roaring twenties, established Gershwin’s reputation as a serious composer and has since become one of the most popular American concert works. Also on the program is Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, which features driving rhythms intermingling with lush, romantic melodies. Hear its three movements depicting everything from an austere march and eerie waltz to the final triumph over death.
Take a peek behind-the-scenes and experience a San Francisco Symphony performance in the making. It begins at 8:30am with coffee, doughnuts, and a half-hour informative talk at 9am. Then, watch as the conductor and musicians collaborate to bring the music to life.
Four Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage
Rhapsody in Blue
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.
Tippett's Four Ritual Dances
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances