Memorable Gershwin Tunes to Kick Off ‘Moscow on the Bluff’ Series

Some of the most recognizable and beloved works by composer George Gershwin, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, will be featured at the debut of Moscow on the Bluff, a new series of music hosted by the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University.

Tickets are on sale now for $15 for Concert I: Summertime, which will be held on Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. in PNC Recital Hall of the music school.

Soprano Sari Gruber will be joined by jazz greats Joe Utterback on piano and Bill Purse on bass guitar for songs including Someone to Watch Over Me, Our Love is Here to Stay, Embraceable You and Summertime, complementing Utterback's improvisations on themes from Gershwin's classic opera Porgy and Bess.

Series' artistic director and pianist David Allen Wehr will accompany Gruber for a set of songs composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff before the composer left his homeland during the Russian Revolution. In addition, Wehr will perform Fantasy Pieces and Prelude in C-Sharp Minor (in its original setting), also by Rachmaninoff.

During this event's 2:30 p.m. pre-concert conversation, Wehr and Utterback will discuss the music of Gershwin, whose parents emigrated to America from St. Petersburg.

Moscow on the Bluff season passes are available for $75, and tickets to individual concerts are $15. Contact Brown Paper Tickets at 800.838.3006 or purchase tickets online at

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