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Gershwin and Rio beckon

Since the first time I heard Gershwin's Concerto in F as a young boy, it has become one of my favorite concertos ever written. To me, it has the qualities that make a concerto long-lasting: incredible interplay between the soloist and orchestra, memorable themes, incredible virtuosity, and an originality that separates it from the other works of this genre.

Gershwin brought the music of his time into the classical music stage. The Charleston, the blues, and Broadway are his concerto's fabric and inspiration; youth, optimism and romance its characteristics. This piece was written in 1925, commissioned by Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony. Straight from the success of Rhapsody in Blue, the premiere of Gershwin's Concerto in F was one of the most anticipated concerts of the year at Carnegie Hall.

 

Stewart Goodyear performing

 

Orchestra on stage

 

Stewart, Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Stewart, Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

 

Mr. Goodyear signs the new Steinway in Cincinnati

Mr. Goodyear signs the new Steinway in Cincinnati

 

Stewart Goodyear signing autographs in Cincinnati

Meeting fans in Cincinnati

 

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Royal Theatre in Victoria BC

 

New World Center in Miami

New World Center in Miami

 

Ferguson Hall, Tampa

Ferguson Hall in Tampa

 

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

 

 

At the piano, Koerner Hall, David Kawai

“What is new are the spaces where Goodyear allows Beethoven’s defiance to relent and to manifest redeeming emotions...”

Stanley fefferman Showtimemagaine.ca

 

We have so much, and much to give.

CBC Sounds of the Season 2010

CBC Sounds of the Season