Explorers Series: Mutual Admiration Gershwin/Ravel
occurs on Sunday January 17 2021 in the
Explorers Series - Digital Programs
50 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton CA 94027

Approximate running time: 120 minutes
Event Notes
Mutual Admiration: Gershwin and Ravel with Kristin Lee, violinist Orion Weiss, pianist

Maurice Ravel’s American tour of 1928 took him across this country to major cities, where he was greeted as a celebrity. He had already become fascinated with American culture after hearing jazz in Paris, and was eager to absorb the essence of American musical culture first-hand. His New York activities included hearing jazz at the Cotton Club, and perhaps most famously meeting the great George Gershwin. The story may be apocryphal, but was reported that when Gershwin asked to study with Ravel, the French master’s response was simply to compare their concert fees and suggest that perhaps the arrangement made more sense the other way around! In this program we’ll hear the best of France and America in musical synergy, in the expert hands of Kristin Lee and Orion Weiss. MAURICE RAVEL (1875–1937) Violin Sonata no. 2 in G major, op. 45 (1923–27) Allegretto Blues: Moderato Perpetuum mobile: Allegro

GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898–1937) Five Selections from Porgy and Bess for Violin and Piano (1935) (arr. Heifetz) My Man’s Gone Now A Woman is a Sometime Thing Bess, You My Woman Now Summertime It Ain’t Necessarily So MAURICE RAVEL Tzigane for Violin and Piano (1924)

Kristin Lee, violin; Orion Weiss, piano
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