What makes great music great? Through his entertaining concert presentations, commentaries on NPR’s Performance Today and PBS NewsHour, books and CDs, Rob Kapilow brings the joy and wonder of classical music – and unravels some of its mysteries – to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Characterized by his unique ability to create an “aha” moment for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical understanding, Kapilow’s work brings music into people’s lives: opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear.
Combining both performance and engaging commentary from the stage, Kapilow and guest vocalists Kathleen Berger and Rusty Ferracane explore the beloved works of composer and pianist George Gershwin (1898–1937), known for his lyrical melodies that draw from both classical and jazz music, such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” “An American in Paris,” “I’ve Got Rhythm” and more.
“If you think you don’t like classical music, you haven’t met Rob Kapilow. (...) He’s as lively as a top-flight sports announcer and as entertaining as a stand-up comedian. But he’s also got substance in spades.” – Kansas City Star