The Gershwins’

Porgy and Bess

Classics Series #6
Friday, April 15, 2011 at 8 PM (Preview)
Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 8 PM
The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall

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“Summertime,” that bluesy lullaby, opens Porgy and Bess. Everyone knows it, and probably “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty of Nuttin'” too. But before, in between, and afterwards Gershwin unleashes his genius with astonishing originality and power, placing Porgy and Bess squarely in the company of the greatest grand opera of all time.~ Maestro Christopher Wilkins

Listen to an audio introduction to “Porgy and Bess,” hosted by WAKR’s Chuck Collins and Maestro Christopher Wilkins:

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PORGY AND BESS By George Gershwin,
DuBose and Dorothy Heyward
and Ira Gershwin

Marquita Lister as Bess Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Alvy Powell as Porgy Frank McClain, stage director
Lester Lynch as Crown Akron Symphony Gospel Choir
Emmanuel LeGrair as Sportin’ Life YEPAW 365
Angela Renee Simpson as Serena
Brian Keith Johnson as Jake
Candice Hoyes as Clara
Carla Davis as Maria


Mr. Powell’s appearance is made possible by The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation

Mr. Lynch’s appearance is made possible by Medical Mutual of Ohio

Ms. Simpson’s appearance is made possible by an anonymous gift in honor of Mrs. Ann Lane Gates and by Mrs. Ann Lane Gates

Mr. Johnson’s appearance is made possible by Fifth Third Bank

PNC Foundation

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Hilton Inn, Fairlawn
Holiday Inn, Akron West
Mariott Courtyard, Akron/Stow
Quaker Square Inn at The University of Akron

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Photo: Courtesy of the Orlando Philharmonic