On The Mark: Gershwin comes alive with close listening


August 14, 2020

Music and film have long offered “outsiders” — immigrants, women, African Americans — opportunities to tell their stories, use their talents and earn a living. Often pigeonholed into stereotypical roles and marginal venues, many have been able to create breathtaking works that endure and enrich American life. They also provide windows into other cultures and belief systems, often emotionally, by telling stories. Sometimes their works cross racial and ethnic lines, tackling topics where most fear to tread.

Being anchored at home, I’ve been listening to CDs I’ve enjoyed for many y...

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