Gershwin Piano Quartet
Presented by Scottsdale Arts and Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
The Gershwin Piano Quartet sheds new light on the music of George Gershwin by performing, arranging, and improvising on some of his most popular songs and orchestral works, such as "Rhapsody in Blue,” "An American in Paris,” and more.
Saturday, Mar. 7, 2020, 8 p.m.
- Single: $38 – $55
about this event
The Gershwin Piano Quartet sheds new light on the music of George Gershwin. Four pianists perform, arrange, and improvise on some of Gershwin‘s most popular songs and orchestral works, such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” Porgy and Bess, “An American in Paris,” and more. The original versions are reworked by the quartet members for the unusual cast of four grand pianos, resulting in a novel and exciting concert experience. In its repertoire, the quartet no longer limits itself to Gershwin‘s music, but relates it to other significant works of the era, notably Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse.”
The Gershwin Piano Quartet was founded in 1996 by André Desponds. It has presented its program with great success and an impressive media response throughout Europe, South America, Canada, China, and the Middle East. The quartet has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, KKL Luzern, Festival de Menton, Athens Festival, Baalbek International Festival in Lebanon, Oriental Art Center Shanghai, Tonhalle Zurich, and Mozarteo Brasileiro in São Paulo.