The last weekend in March offered a Symphony Exposed concert of Gershwin's "An American in Paris."
The educational concert program featured maestro Nuvi Mehta -- the official voice of the San Diego Symphony and its associate conductor -- as the animated narrator talking rapt audiences through the music of George Gershwin. Young local pianists and violinists, along with the concert pianist Kevin Cole, in turn play-acted the American composer's life.
For more than an hour we were treated to bits of Gershwin's early piano songs, Paganini's "Caprice 24," and a full-blown version of "Rhapsody in Blue."
Then maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya took the podium and led the San Diego Symphony in a lively rendition of "An American in Paris," a well-known piece made even more immediate after its harmony-driven passages were highlighted by maestro Mehta.
Principal trumpeter Calvin Price got a well-deserved recognition at the curtain for his sultry soloing, as did maestro Harth-Bedoya for obviously loving jazz as much as the orchestra does.
- Concert: Symphony Exposed: Gershwin's American In Paris
- Show date: March 25
- Venue: Copley Symphony Hall
- Seats: I107 (main level)