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Performance Details

Thursday, February 23 | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38.50–$53.50

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Winter/Spring 2017 Concert Series
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Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?® The Songs of George Gershwin

What makes great music great? Through his entertaining concert presentations, commentaries on NPR’s Performance Today, and CD series, Rob Kapilow has brought the joy and wonder of classical music—and unraveled some of its mysteries—to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Characterized by his unique ability to create an “aha moment” for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical understanding, Kapilow brings music into people’s lives: opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear.

Combining both performance and engaging commentary from the stage, Kapilow explores the beloved works of composer and pianist George Gershwin (1898–1937), known for his lyrical melodies that draw from both classical and jazz music, such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” “An American in Paris,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” and more.

“If you think you don’t like classical music, you haven’t met Rob Kapilow. . . . He’s as lively as a topflight sports announcer and as entertaining as a stand-up comedian. But he’s also got substance in spades.”—Kansas City Star

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