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San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra presents Rhapsody in Blue at 100
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San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra presents Rhapsody in Blue at 100

The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will present “Rhapsody in Blue at 100” on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 3 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. at the historic San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium.

“George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue celebrates its 100th birthday in 2024, and we are excited to premiere the new Gershwin Critical Edition to mark this occasion,” explained Symphony Music Director and Conductor Anthony Parnther. “Gershwin’s music, with its blend of classical, jazz, blues, and popular song requires careful editing due to varying conventions of musical notation and over time, published editions have been found to contain errors and inconsistencies. At this concert, audiences will experience Rhapsody in Blue in its most accurate representation of the creator’s vision and I cannot imagine a more appropriate pianist to premier this piece than longtime Symphony friend, Dr. David Kaplan.”

The internationally-acclaimed Kaplan has been classified as “excellent and adventurous” by the New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire” on the keyboard. He has appeared with the Britten Sinfonia at London’s Barbican and Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin at the Philharmonic. He has also performed at the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, Music on Main in Vancouver, Washington’s National Gallery, and New York’s Carnegie and Merkin Halls.

Tickets are $20-100 per seat. Students and Active Military are $15. For more information, visit or call (909) 381-5388.

The San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium is located at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino. Free, lighted parking is available directly across from the Auditorium. Venue box office sales are planned prior to performances, but the availability of seats cannot be guaranteed.

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