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Montreal Jazz Festival 2014 Highlights


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The Gershwin Legacy
Montreal Jazz Festival 2014 highlights include a George Gershwin tribute.

Above: George Gershwin in 1925, about one year after he released his best known work, 'Rhapsody in Blue'.

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The first Montreal Jazz Festival 2014 lineup announcement confirmed by local organizers was none other than a Gershwin tribute directed at the legendary composer's career-making classical jazz symphonic crossover, Rhapsody in Blue, both his first major work and his most popular piece, in spite of mixed critical reception at the time of its release back in 1924.

Celebrating the work's 90th anniversary come 2014, the Montreal Jazz Festival proposes The Gershwin Legacy, a revisiting of Gershwin's career with live orchestra renditions of Concerto en Fa and Cuban Overture in addition to Rhapsody in Blue. Local pianist Alain Lefèvre takes the solo lead on the latter in concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Expect top acoustics under the roof of the Maison symphonique de Montréal inside Place des Arts.

The Gershwin Legacy runs June 26 and June 27, 2014 at 8 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively at Place des Arts' Maison symphonique de Montréal. Admission $81 to $104 plus service/shipping/box office charge. Buy tickets.

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