"I Got Rhythm," "Strike Up the Band," "Embraceable You." George and Ira Gershwin are responsible for some of the most memorable music of the 20th Century. Nice work if you can get it (and you can get it, if you try). Born to Russian Jewish immigrants, they became two of the most soulful music-makers ever to hit Broadway and have been covered by just about everyone, including Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., Nina Simone and Thelonious Monk. George composed the timeless music, and Ira wrote the unforgettable lyrics. There's a story that George once asked Schönberg for composition lessons. Schönberg refused, saying, "I would only make you a bad Schönberg, and you're such a good Gershwin already."
Thu., April 17, 1 p.m., 2008