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The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Presents HERE TO STAY: THE GERSHWIN EXPERIENCE, 4/5

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The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Presents HERE TO STAY: THE GERSHWIN EXPERIENCE, 4/5

The CSO's last Luken Holdings Pops Series concert of the 2013/14 season pays tribute to the greatest team of collaborators in American music history - George and Ira Gershwin. Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience is a multi-media concert with a top-notch touring party, including Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair. This concert event provides an unprecedented insider view into the legendary duo, and offers rare audio and video footage of the Gershwins.

The Gershwins began their collaboration in music in 1924. They created their first joint hit, Lady, Be Good!, for Fred and Adele Astaire and followed it with more than 20 scores for stage and screen, including Oh, Kay! for Gertrude Lawrence; two versions of Strike Up the Band (1927 and 1930); Ethel Merman's introduction to Broadway, Girl Crazy (1930); Shall We Dance (1937), one of Hollywood's stylish pairings of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; and the triumphant folk opera, Porgy and Bess, written with DuBose Heyward. Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience will include such hits as "Strike Up the Band", "Embraceable You", "Rhapsody in Blue", "I Got Rhythm", and more.

Luken Holdings Pops Series

Here to Stay - The Gershwin Experience

Concert sponsored by Baker Donelson

Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:30pm Tivoli Theatre

Bob Bernhardt, conductor
David Snyder, conductor, piano and vocals Sylvia McNair, vocals
Ryan VanDenBoom vocals, tap dancer Jeffrey Biegel, piano

Tickets are available at www.chattanoogasymphony.org, or by calling 423.267.8583.

The music and lyrics for Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience were provided through special arrangement with members of the George Gershwin Family and the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts.

Sylvia McNair

Two-time Grammy Award winner and regional Emmy Award winner, Sylvia McNairlays claim to a three-decade, stellar career in the musical realms of opera, oratorio, cabaret and musical theater. She's holding out hope for a Tony and an Oscar, but she isn't getting any younger. Her journey has taken her from the Metropolitan Opera to the Salzburg Festival, from the New York Philharmonic to the Rainbow Room, from the Ravinia Festival to The Plaza, from the pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to the London Times and the cover of Cabaret Scenes. Having appeared as a soloist multiple times with nearly every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world, this songbird has flown the classical coop. She's retracing her star route now with Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim and Bernstein.

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