Lara Downes: Rhapsody in Blue Reimagined

February 2, 2024

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About the Album

In February 1924, George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ was premiered in New York City, capturing the exuberant essence of what Gershwin called “a musical kaleidoscope of America.” 100 years later, American pianist Lara Downes reimagines Gershwin’s masterpiece to reflect on a century of immigration and transformation. Downes has commissioned a radical new arrangement by Puerto Rican composer Edmar olón that reverberates with the multicultural, kaleidoscopic sounds of America today. Recorded live with the SFCM Orchestra, conducted by Edwin Outwater

‘Study in Blue’, from the new EP ‘Rhapsody in Blue Reimagined’, is exclusively available now on Apple Music. The full EP will be released on all platforms in February 2024.