Summer – George Gershwin

George Gershwin: Life and Music 

Wednesdays, 3:10-4:50 PM
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uly 17, 24, 31, August 7

 

Dr. Joe introduces us to this musical genius who composed an amazing variety of memorable music during his short lifetime. We hear some fun stories and lyrics to songs like You Can’t Take That Away from Me, Someone to Watch Over Me and Love Is Here to Stay. Dr. Joe performs this iconic music for us on a piano keyboard, in his own creative style.

Joe Utterback earned his Master’s degree in Piano Performance from Wichita State University and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas.  He has 425 published jazz and classical compositions.  He has been music director and organist of the First Congregational Church of Stratford for over 20 years.  He’s been teaching music for 25 years at Sacred Heart University and has taught for 14 years at LLI.  He continues to perform throughout the U.S. and around the world.