Wednesday, July 28, 2010
White House presents Paul McCartney, with Library of Congress Gerswhin Prize for Popular Song
The Jonas Brothers appeared, with Nick the most visible. Jerry Seinfeld appeared to talk about “nothing”. Stevie Wonder and Lang Lang also performed.
The WETA PBS website account is here.
George Gershwin, with "Rhapsody in Blue", "Porgy and Bess" and his Piano Concerto in F, is viewed as the composer who merged classical and "popular" music. That would be a less applicable comment to Leonard Bersntein, whose output gradually became more "serious" in the tradition of Mahler.
Pictures: My own “festival” papers from piano lesson days, and the “trademark” for the Sherwood Music School courses popular in the 1950s (a salesman actually came to our home to present it).