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National Philharmonic: Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess
National Philharmonic
Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Music Center at Strathmore

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Accessible Seating Call (301) 581-5100

Philharmonic Opera: Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Gary M. Schneider, Guest Conductor
Kevin Deas, Porgy
Marquita Lister, Bess
Terry Cook, Crown
Eric Lee Johnson, Sportin’ Life
Tiffany Jackson, Serena
Edward Pleasant, Jake
Melissa Givens, Clara/Maria
Colin Eaton, Mingo/Peter/Robbins
Blake Robison, Detective/Narrator


Filled with timeless Gershwin tunes, including “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” Porgy and Bess portrays the struggles of African American life in the 1930s on the fictitious Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina. Kevin Deas, renowned for his riveting portrayal of Porgy, leads an all star cast. The Duke Ellington School for the Arts Chorus augments the National Philharmonic Chorale for this very special performance under the direction of guest conductor Gary M. Schneider.

Single tickets go on sale August 1.

Kids ages 7-17 are free. Please call the Strathmore Ticket Office directly at (301) 581-5100 to obtain Kids free tickets. Kids free tickets are not available for online purchase.

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