FOL University

Sunday, November 17

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Friends of the Library welcomes Dr. Orin Grossman to “FOL University” to lecture on the musical genius of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the library’s Lapham Meeting Room.  Dr. Grossman’s presentation explores the story of Porgy and Bess and the fascinating history of its life on the stage.   It will begin with the 1925 novel “Porgy” by DuBose Heywood, who became Gershwin’s collaborator, and discuss the many controversies that surrounded its original and subsequent productions.  The program will conclude with a performance by Dr. Grossman of the opera’s songs including “Summertime” and “Bess, You is my Woman Now,” in a special piano arrangement by the renown American pianist Earl Wild.