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"A little talent or whatever-you-call-it": Gershwin's Concerto in F

June 5th, 2021 at 2:00PM | Benaroya Hall

George Gershwin followed the spectacular success of his Rhapsody in Blue with a full-fledged concerto, the Concerto in F; just shy of its 100th birthday, it remains the most popular piece in this genre written by an American composer. A longtime friend of the Philharmonic, the luminous pianist Sophie Lippert, returns as soloist in this justly-prized work. Making his Seattle Philharmonic debut is the versatile cellist Nathan Whittaker, who will present the United States premiere of the Poème by Henriëtte Bosmans. Two beloved gems from the symphonic repertoire, Jean Sibelius’ lusty Karelia Suite and Richard Wagner’s monumental overture to the opera Tannhäuser, frame this festive season finale.

SIBELIUS Karelia Suite
GERSHWIN Concerto in F
Sophie Lippert, piano
BOSMANS Poème for Cello and Orchestra
WAGNER Overture, Tannhäuser

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Sophie Lippert

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