Great Performances: Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel And The Los Angeles Philharmonic Celebrate Gershwin
Airs Friday, January 6, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
GREAT PERFORMANCES re-teams with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its dynamic music director, Gustavo Dudamel, for a third opening night gala concert showcasing the bravura conducting style and interpretive gifts that have made Dudamel an international sensation.
The concert’s all-Gershwin repertoire will include "An American in Paris," "Rhapsody in Blue" and a solo performance of “Someone to Watch Over Me,” spotlighting the virtuoso jazz piano of special guest Herbie Hancock.
“This is the first time as a professional musician that I’ll be playing a piece that’s essentially classical music with jazz overtones with a symphony orchestra, and what a symphony orchestra it is!” marvels Hancock just before the concert, referring to his keyboard work in Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”