Center Stage Series: "American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook" at Luther Oct. 20

American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook at Luther College Oct. 20

Backed by the 17-piece Gershwin Big Band, bandleader Michael Andrew will headline the Luther College Center Stage Series performance "American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

Composed by George Gerswhin nearly a century ago, musical pieces range from jazz and Broadway to Hollywood and opera and include the classic American songbook with popular favorites such as "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me," and "The Man I Love." 

Director Michael Andrew has been touted as "the next Harry Connick Jr. …a natural bandleader," according to the New York Post. In addition to his band-leading abilities, Andrew's vocal chops are also featured during the evening of big band favorites.

Andrew received high praise from Todd Gershwin, great-nephew of George Gershwin, who said, "Throughout my life I have enjoyed countless Gershwin concerts throughout the world, and I can truly say that Michael Andrew is one the most talented entertainers I have ever seen. His ability to interpret the music of George Gershwin is extraordinary."

The Gershwin Big Band is a collection of world class jazz musicians assembled in traditional big band style fitting neatly within the Gershwin songbook. With an enviable dynamic range and penchant for improv, the big band style fits the works of the Gershwins.

The show was created and produced by the family of George Gershwin and developed by Todd Gershwin.

This event is open to the public; tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors 65+, and $15 for youth aged 4-18. Tickets may be purchased online at, or via the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357 or [email protected].  Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

This performance is presented by the Luther College Performing Arts Committee.

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