George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” is performed for the first time on February 12, 1924.
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In January of 1924, a twenty-six-year-old pianist, George Gershwin, finds himself slated to compose, in only five weeks, a concerto that defines “American music,” and the result is his masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue.