Glorious Gershwin

Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center


An American in Paris


Rhapsody in Blue

  • Simon Mulligan, Piano


Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs

  • Kevin Deas, Bass-Baritone
  • Julie-Ann Whitely Green, Soprano

The Reading Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to American composer George Gershwin in this concert featuring some of his most beloved works, including the modern classics Rhapsody in Blue featuring acclaimed pianist Simon Mulligan, and An American in Paris, together with selections from Porgy and Bess.

About the Soloists

Simon Mulligan
British pianist Simon Mulligan’s collaborations have included performances and recordings with Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, Leonard Slatkin and Sting. He has performed all over the world including at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as well as at private performances for the Queen of England and President Barack Obama. He has led his own jazz quartet since he was thirteen, which has performed in major international festivals, and he is a recipient of the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music.

Kevin Deas
Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass-baritones. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having performed it with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony, and at the Ravinia, Vail and Saratoga festivals. In the 2017-18 season he is a soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with VoxAmaDeus, in Mozart’s Requiem with Boston Baroque, Handel’s Messiah at the National Cathedral, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He also sings the title role in Porgy and Bess with Duisberg Phiharmoniker, sings in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town with the Seattle Symphony, and is a soloist with the Delaware Symphony, and with the PostClassical Ensemble, with which he is Artist in Residence.

Julie-Ann Whitely Green
Soprano Julie-Ann Whitely Green earned a Bachelor of Arts degree as a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College). She has earned Artists Diplomas from the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria, and has studied Italian Opera, Language, Art and Culture at the Florence Voice Seminar in Florence, Italy. Her vocal talents have attained her numerous honors including an Encouragement Grant, Marian Anderson Award; Mozarteum Academy Scholarship; and National Winner, Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition. Ms. Green made her New York solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 1992, and was presented in a solo recital at Weill Recital Hall in 1997. Other major venues she has performed in include cathedrals in London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Madrid, and the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.

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Concert Sponsors

Ginger & Marlin Miller
The Gertrude Sternbergh Fund of the Reading Musical Foundation

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