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"And the Living is Easy":  The Life and Music of George Gershwin - Boca Raton

Thomas Cimarusti
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Course Description

Along with Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, George Gershwin remains as one of the most celebrated American composers. Although his most famous compositions were written for piano and/or orchestra (e.g. Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris), Gershwin wrote numerous musicals and songs. Come celebrate the life and music of George Gershwin as Dr. Cimarusti presents a lecture-recital exploring Gershwin's unique musical language that found a permanent home in both jazz and classical idioms.

About the Instructor

  • Thomas M. Cimarusti, Ph.D., is a Professor of Music History at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has lectured at various campuses across the country including Florida State University, Utah Valley University, and Texas Tech University. With an interest in 18th and 19th-century music, Cimarusti has presented conference papers and has published on the topics of Mozart, Beethoven, Italian opera, and chamber music in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. His current research interest concerns the musical culture of the Koreshans, a Utopian group that settled in Estero, Florida in the late 19th century.