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Jan 23

South Florida Symphony Orchestra: Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

January 23, 2019


Event Details

  • Venue Au-Rene Theater at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • Price $40.00 - $200.00
  • Availability Buy Tickets Now

Porgy and Bess
By George and Ira Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, Gershwin
Richard Jay-Alexander, stage director
Sebrina Alfonso, music director/conductor

Once in a blue moon, “unlikely” transcends into a piece of art. A folk opera on an unlikely subject, composed by an unlikely artist, in unlikely times, “Porgy and Bess” is now recognized as one of the greatest creative works this country has yet produced.

Considered by critics the most important American opera of the 20th century, Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” has gained popularity as a folk opera boasting some of the best songs ever written, such as “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’,” “I Loves You, Porgy,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”

The Gershwin-Heyward collaboration featured an all-black cast of classically trained singers—revolutionary casting in 1930s America. First performed in 1935, in Boston, at that time it received mixed reviews. Many people couldn't quite come to terms with its Catfish Row subject matter combined with outstanding Black singers and sophisticated music. Others wondered what to label such a revolutionary work. With recitatives and arias it was not exactly a "Musical". At the same time it wasn't a traditional opera. Labeled by Gershwin a “folk opera,” today, "Porgy and Bess" is rightly recognized as an American masterpiece.

Rising above controversy, “Porgy and Bess” broke the barriers of time and social limitations, valued today by what it represents in its essence: a beautiful story “spoken” in a beautiful music, that everyone can relate to.

Neil Nelson (Porgy)
Brandi Sutton (Bess)
Jermaine Smith (Sportin’ Life),
Michael Redding (Crown), and
Kyaunnee Richardson (Clara)

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