Jerome Kern

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

 

This program explores the contributions to Broadway musicals by Jewish artists, including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

 

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat

 

This groundbreaking musical redefined entertainment and changed the face of American theater. Spanning the years from 1880 to 1927, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s lyrical masterpiece concerns the lives, loves and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi River, in Chicago and on Broadway. The musical’s impact remains unparalleled, addressing racial prejudice, and introduced a bi-racial cast to Broadway at its premiere while also pointing the way toward a new synthesis between music and spectacle. This New York Philharmonic production features an all-star cast led by Vanessa Williams and Downton Abbey’s Julian Ovenden, with Norm Lewis, Jane Alexander, Fred Willard and Lauren Worsham. The Philharmonic’s full sound highlights the lush musical score at the center of this epic show.

 

XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Ravi Coltrane

 

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the son of saxophonist John Coltrane and jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, performs originals from his Blending Times album. He also pays tribute to the past with a version of “I’m Old Fashioned,” written by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer.