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Liberal Arts to spotlight the Gershwin brothers at annual gala

by User Not Found | Mar 20, 2014

Back by popular, the AUM School of Liberal Arts will host its second annual gala, A Night Out: On Broadway, on April 4, 6:30 p.m., at the Alabama Activity Center. This year’s theme centers on the musical works of brothers George and Ira Gershwin.

The sons of Russian immigrants, Ira and George Gershwin were born two years apart in New York City at the end of the 1800s. Younger brother George was a legendary composer and pianist while Ira was an equally talented lyricist. The brothers collaborated to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century, including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm” and the music from the Broadway hit “Porgy and Bess.” 

“The Gershwins' music is so well known that it's part of Americans' DNA,” said AUM Dean of Liberal Arts Michael Burger. “Even people who don't remember their names always immediately recognize the Gershwins' songs – and want to sing along. What could be better than to have a really great party on Broadway with the Gershwins? And what better reason to do it than to support students and programs, including our many programs that in turn support our community?” 

The evening will include iconic Gershwin music performed by one of America’s leading pianists, Leon Bates, with accompanying singers Louise Toppin and Robert Sims. Guests will also enjoy silent and live auctions, hors d’ oeuvres, drinks and merriment – and a surprise or two.

Tickets are $100 and sponsorships are available. Proceeds will benefit scholarships and programs in the AUM School of Liberal Arts, which includes the departments of Communication and Dramatic Arts, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts, World Languages and Cultures, History, and Sociology. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.

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