A Musical Conversation About The Life, Times and Music Of George Gershwin With Dr. James Pegolotti at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Newcastle Hosted By Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center

By Spectrum Generations | Jul 15, 2014

“Music must reflect the thoughts and aspirations of the people and the time. My people are American. My time is today.” – George Gershwin. Seven decades after his death, the music of George Gershwin (1898-1937) remains as ubiquitous as it was during his brief but prolific lifetime. 

 Join community members on July 22 at 7:00 p.m. for a special blending of words, piano music and videos. During this summer program at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Glidden street in Newcastle author, librarian and musicologist Dr. James Pegolotti meshes the story of George Gershwin’s life with piano selections (audience members will have the words on a handout so that they can sing along) and over a dozen different video segments from films and documentaries that featured the songs of the great George and his brother Ira.  In fact the last word should go to Gershwin’s brother and primary lyricist, Ira. In a line he liked so much he set it to George’s music twice — in “I Got Rhythm” and “Nice Work if You Can Get It” — Ira presciently provided a succinct and appropriate review: Who could ask for anything more? Find out on July 22!

Dr. Pegolotti, author of Deems Tayor: A Biography has given many of these presentations on various composers throughout South Carolina, Connecticut and more recently Maine.  He is was on the board of directors of the New Jersey Symphony and the Charles Ives Center in Connecticut and received an award from ASCAP for is book on Deems Taylor. Pegolotti completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at UCLA. He served as Dean of Arts and Sciences for St. Peter’s College from 1981-1987. Jim is also a Media Librarian Emeritus, Western Connecticut State University and a musicologist.

 Hosted by Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about the life, times and music of arguably America’s most famous composer George Gershwin.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.

Spectrum Generations mission is promoting life-long learning, health, wellness, nutrition, community engagement and social well-being of all older and disabled adults. A free will donation of $10 in support of the programs and services offered through Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center in Damariscotta appreciated. For more information and directions, call 563-1363.

 If you'd like more information about this topic, Spectrum Generations or to schedule an interview with Dr. Jim Pegolotti please contact Marianne Pinkham at (207) 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at mpinkham@spectrumgenerations.org. 

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