July 20, 2020
Symphony in Place: John Wilson plays Gershwin
Symphony in Place is a blog series that chronicles the happenings of NWS Fellows, Alumni, Trustees, Volunteers and Staff during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to access all posts in the series.
Photo by Roy Cox Photography
Piano alumnus John Wilson (NWS 2015-19) returned to Miami Beach in February for NWS’s Thirty-Second Anniversary Gala and, as a regular Keyboardist for the San Francisco Symphony, was then to join MTT for its European Tour and performances at Carnegie Hall before each was canceled. During the pandemic, he’s been recording Earl Wild’s dazzling transcriptions of George Gershwin’s beloved songbook.
Wild wrote six Virtuoso Etudes in the 1950s – each based on one of Gershwin’s songs, like “Embraceable You” and “I Got Rhythm.” He later revised the Etudes in 1976 and added a seventh, “Fascinatin’ Rhythm.”
Here are John’s versions: