Peabody Opera Outreach presents
 

Nothing but George

 

All-American favorites from George and Ira Gershwin

A revue devised by Eileen Cornett with Todd Pearthree

 

Eileen Cornett, musical director

Christine Glazier, choreographer

 

NOT OFFERED IN 2005–06
…but for the possibility of booking similar shows in 2006–07,
contact Mary Catherine Moroney, Outreach Co-ordinator.

 

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The Company

Richard Bozic       Kelly Najacht       Lisa Taylor
Brittany Ann Renée Robinson       William Waldrop
with Jerome Tan, piano

The 2002-03 Company. L to R: Erin Cavanaugh, 
William Johnson, Hilary Ryon, Eron Bruce, 
and Brittany Anne Renée Robinson

 


 

George Gershwin

Born to Russian immigrant parents on September 26, 1898, George Gershwin quickly rose to achieve wealth and renown as one of the country’s most gifted composers of popular songs, musicals, piano works, and orchestral compositions. As a young child, George was hardly exposed to music at all. Only in 1910 did his family buy a piano, which he quickly learned to play. He left school at the age of 16 to work for Remick’s, a Tin-Pan Alley publisher. He got his first big break with the song Swanee, recorded by Al Jolson, which spurred sales of his sheet music. By 1924, George, still only 26, was in demand as a composer of serious music. He wrote Rhapsody in Blue, the Concerto in F, and An American in Paris all in quick succession. His opera Porgy and Bess was a huge hit, and his Of Thee I Sing was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize in drama. Gershwin enjoyed writing popular songs, which he improvised quickly and easily at the piano. His brother Ira provided lyrics for almost all of George’s songs from 1924 onward. Ira’s words and George’s music have had a wide impact on an international audience, who have accepted Gershwin songs as the embodiment of musical America.

The revue Nothing but George, devised by Eileen Cornett with Todd Pearthree, includes many of Gershwin’s best-known songs, such as I Got Rhythm, Funny Face, Someone to Watch Over Me, ’s Wonderful, Lady be Good, Embraceable You, My Cousin in Milwaukee, Love is Sweeping the Country, Of Thee I Sing, On my Way, Swanee, and a dozen others both upbeat and romantic — plus Summertime, I Got Plenty o’Nuttin’, It Ain’t Necessarily So, and Bess, You is my Woman Now from his all-black opera Porgy and Bess.


 

Eileen Cornett (musical director) teaches accompanying and coaches opera at Peabody. She began her professional career in musical theater as music director of the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Michigan where she conducted over a dozen productions. Subsequently she has conducted, coached, written, and arranged shows for companies ranging form the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre to the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria. For five years, Eileen was musical director for NOW THIS!, a Washington-based comedy group which performs totally improvised musical theater. She performs frequently at the Kennedy Center, Washington’s National Theatre, Wolf Trap, the Morris Mechanic Theatre, and the Lyric Opera House, with national touring shows such as Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, and The King and I.

 

Christine Glazier (choreographer) has just joined the faculty of Peabody Institute as a stage director and movement specialist. She is a professional actress, director, and choreographer from Los Angeles, California. She is also on the faculty at The Johns Hopkins University where she teaches acting and directing.

 


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