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Thursday, March 26 at 10 p.m. Gershwin At One Symphony Place

(Rochester, NY) The Nashville Symphony, led by its newly named music director Giancarlo Guerrero, brings viewers an exciting all-Gershwin program in Gershwin At One Symphony Place, airing Thursday, March 26 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1). Broadcast from the symphony’s home at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the 2008/09 season opening concert features guest pianist Kevin Cole, considered one of the world’s most accomplished interpreters of the Gershwin repertoire. The program includes Cuban Overture, Concerto for Piano in F Major, An American in Paris, and Rhapsody in Blue.

Gershwin At One Symphony Place reunites the team that won a MidSouth Regional Emmy® Award for One Symphony Place: A World Premiere From Music City, the broadcast of the grand opening of Schermerhorn Symphony Center in September 2006.

“Our original broadcast of Schermerhorn Symphony Center’s opening night in 2006, and subsequent national broadcast on PBS, was a triumphant moment for NPT, the Nashville Symphony, and Sunrise Entertainment. Ultimately, it was a shining moment for Nashville,” said Beth Curley, president and CEO of Nashville Public Television. “We’re proud to continue sharing that excitement, and the extraordinary art of the Symphony, with the nation.”

“The Nashville Symphony’s all-Gershwin concert with Kevin Cole was a thrilling start to what has been a truly incredible season at Schermerhorn Symphony Center,” said Alan Valentine, president and CEO of the Nashville Symphony. “PBS viewers will be able to share in that excitement when they watch Gershwin At One Symphony Place, and they’ll get to experience some of the magic that happens every week at the Schermerhorn.”

Celebrated for his fusion of jazz and classical music, Ira Gershwin was a high-school dropout who, by the time he was 30, had become America’s most famous composer. His untimely death from a brain tumor in 1937 at age 38 robbed the world of one of its most innovative and successful artists.

For more information, visit http://www.nashvillesymphony.org.

Pictured: Nashville Symphony Music director, Giancarlo Guerrero.
Photo Credit: David Bailey

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