Gershwin by Request

Gershwin by Request
LEON BATES, pianist
LA-ROSE SAXON, soprano
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Gershwin by Request Gershwin by Request -- Cedric Cannon, Baritone Gershwin by Request, La-Rose Saxon
Gershwin by Request Gershwin on Broadway
Gershwin by RequestAudiences thrill to the sounds of “Summertime,” “A Woman Is a Sometime Thing.” “I Got Plenty o’Nuttin’ …Strawberry Chant” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” sung with all the warmth and feeling that has made Porgy and Bess an American classic. Leon Bates’ playing of Three Preludes and works from the Gershwin Song Book brings flavor and sparkle to the evening and keeps audiences asking for more. And, more there is: “Love Walked In” and “My Love Is Here to Stay” plus more from Porgy and Bess: “It Takes a Long Pull to Get There,” “There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon for New York,” “I Love You Porgy” and “Oh Lawd, I’m on My Way.” The stunning finale is the solo version of the Rhapsody in Blue as performed by Bates. The Gershwin by Request program is offered in two versions: a recital performance with the three performers and as a symphony pops program to be performed with your symphony orchestra.


“Bates returned for a big-shoulder version of the Rhapsody in Blue. He gave such impetus to the first movement that he was interrupted by applause at the end.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

“But all the Gershwin Needs Is Bates.” (headline) — La Repubblica, Rome

“Cannon seems born to the stage, complementing his warm, supple voice with an actor’s stagecraft and comic flair. In “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin'” and especially “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” he brought all the vitality of the opera stage to his few square feet of space… He is a show-stopper who seems to feed on his audience’s energy. — The Day, New London

“Bates…captured the work’s many moods with a nice, jazzy feeling…” — Schenectady Gazette