Saturday, April 14 / 7:30 p.m.

Reading Symphony Orchestra presents
Santander Performing Arts Center / Reading

Tickets: $20-$80 (Reserved Seating)

The Reading Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to American composer George Gershwin in this concert featuring some of his most beloved works, including the modern classics Rhapsody in Blue featuring acclaimed pianist Simon Mulligan and An American in Paris, together with selections from Porgy and Bess with bass baritone Kevin Deas and soprano Julie-Ann Whitely Green.

British pianist Simon Mulligan’s collaborations have included performances and recordings with Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, Leonard Slatkin and Sting. He has performed all over the world including at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as well as at private performances for the Queen of England and President Barack Obama. He has led his own jazz quartet since he was 13, which has performed in major international festivals, and he is a recipient of the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music.

Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass baritones. He perhaps is most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having performed it with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Calgary, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Hartford, Houston, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Montreal, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Utah and Vancouver.

Julie-Ann Whitely Green made her New York solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 1992, and was presented in a solo recital at Weill Hall in 1997. Other major venues include cathedrals in London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Madrid, and the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. Popular music performances have been with Barry Manilow, Michael Crawford and with Barbra Streisand. Her concert performances of Porgy and Bess (Bess, Clara, Serena) and I Pagliacci (Nedda) have left audiences mesmerized.