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Pretty much everybody has heard the classic hits I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’  and It Ain’t Necessarily So? and, perhaps most famous of all: Summertime. What most people don't realize, however, is that these great songs are not simply old jazz standards. They started life as the most popular parts of one of the most famous American operas: Porgy and Bess.

 Dating from 1935, this work created by George Gershwin, along with his brother Ira, and the married couple DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, presents the lives of the inhabitants of an African-American community in Charleston, South Carolina, in all of its splendor – its joyfulness and reverence, the hard work and, sometimes, its violence – through the love story of a crippled beggar and a drug-addicted woman.

The worldwide copyrights in the music of George and Ira Gershwin for this presentation are licensed by the Gershwin Family.

PORGY AND BESS© is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC. 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

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