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A Rhapsody in Red White & Blue
January 20 | 7:30 pm
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW  


Celebrate the genius of George Gershwin with Gulf Coast Symphony featuring favorites Rhapsody
in Blue, An American in Paris, Girl Crazy, Music from Porgy & Bess and more! Also featured, and
part of a nationwide initiative, the symphony presents the Florida premiere of Peter Boyer’s Rhapsody
in Red, White & Blue; a commissioned piece honoring the 100th Anniversary of Gershwin’s ground-
breaking Rhapsody in Blue and performed by guest pianist, Jeffrey Biegel.


High Praise for Rhapsody in Red, White and Blue

“It has been a while since I have been this excited about a new piece. After listening to “Rhapsody In
Red White & Blue”, I could not help but feel the excitement from the audience, and to have observed
the spontaneous standing ovation…it was so moving.

Composer Peter Boyer captured a beautiful energy & heart in his score, the kind that a young George
Gershwin represented in his work as well.

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel put his entire soul into the emotion of this piece, along with his brilliant & incredible
skill as a grand pianist. What a joy he is! And what a pleasure it is to enjoy such a fresh new musical work.
Bravo !!!!!! Beauty is alive and well – in every measure of this score.”

Julie Budd – American recording artist and actress, co-starred with Frank Sinatra, Liberace,
and performed with orchestras worldwide including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas, Balti-
more, National Pittsburgh symphony orchestra, television and film. Latest recording: ‘Remembering…

“Jeffrey Biegel has created a unique and unprecedented opportunity for orchestras across the US to add
another Rhapsody to the world – a ‘Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue’ by Peter Boyer. I strongly urge con-
ductors and orchestras in the few remaining states who have not yet joined this project to do so soon.”
– Donald Sosin – Composer/arranger; major performer creating vocals and instrumentals for classic
silent films. “The top of the line of film pianists!” – Leonard Maltin, film critic    

Watch A Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue

Watch an excerpt from “A Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue” featuring
Jeffrey Biegel on piano, supported by the Utah Symphony.


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