Arts & Humanities

‘Gershwin Songbook’ planned for Valentine’s Day

Bandleader/vocalist Michael Andrew performs with Gershwin’s Big Band.
Bandleader/vocalist Michael Andrew performs with Gershwin’s Big Band.

The UGA Performing Arts Center celebrates Valentine’s Day with “American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook” Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. The concert features the Gershwin Big Band with bandleader/vocalist Michael Andrew and vocalist Michelle Amator performing iconic music by one of America’s greatest composers.

Nearly a century after the songs were composed, the music of George Gershwin remains as fresh and irresistible as it did during the Jazz Age. The poetic melodies he crafted for Broadway, Hollywood and the classical world made him one of the most indelible composers of the twentieth century.

The 17-piece Gershwin Big Band is led by Andrew whom The New York Post called, “the next Harry Connick Jr.” The Gershwin Big Band is a unique collection of world class jazz musicians assembled in the traditional big band configuration ideal for the Gershwin songbook. The program features Gershwin standards such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “The Man I Love,” “Summertime,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” “Someone to Watch over Me,” “‘S Wonderful” and many more.

Tickets for the concert are $44 to $51 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. UGA students can purchase tickets for $6 with a valid UGA ID, limit one ticket per student.

The performance underwriters are Wayne A. and Linda Kirk Fox.

The Performing Arts Center is located at 230 River Road on the UGA campus in Athens.