March 8 – 10: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, San Francisco Symphony
Rhapsody in Blue was composed by George Gershwin in only 5 weeks and was premiered in an afternoon concert on Tuesday, February 12, 1924 where John Philip Sousa and Sergei Rachmaninoff were present (no pressure!). By the end of 1927, Whiteman’s band had played the Rhapsody eighty-four times, and its recording had already sold over a million copies. Rhapsody in Blue really established Gershwin’s reputation as a serious composer and has since become one of the most popular of all American concert works.
Opened 10 nights this month!: A Night at the Palace, The Speakeasy
Step back in time to 1923 (one year before Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue) as 35 characters lead you on a “choose your own adventure” into the depths of the Prohibition Era. Song and dance, comedy and drama, casino-style gaming and killer cocktails are among the many delights you will encounter as you explore the secret passages and hidden rooms of The Palace Theater.
If you’re looking for an experience that will impress your out-of-town guests, a date or yourself! head over to The Speakeasy to be completely immersed in an iconic theatrical and memorable night. Not only will you catch fun acts on the stage but you’ll see them in bars, gambling halls and even at the table right next to you! This is not an event to just sit and drink – you’ll be moving from room to room finding new stories, mysteries and fun. Oh – and you’re never going to believe how you enter the theater… you’ll just have to go to find out!