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My View: The Gershwins Still Live On The Upper West Side

My View: The Gershwins Still Live On The Upper West Side

There are many organizations that have been established to preserve our musical heritage and at the forefront of the ones that specialize in The Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein’s foundation is one of the most important and influential.  Last night at a private event Michael entertained for a Park Avenue apartment full of generous New Yorkers who had gathered to help support The Great American Songbook Foundation founded by Michael in 2007.

Michael Feinstein

Christine Ebersole was Michael’s special guest for the evening and the fortunate attendees were also treated to performances by Ben Vereen, Laura Osnes and Marilyn Maye.  It was quite a thrilling and special evening on Manhattan’s East Side. 

A brief conversation at a similar event a few years ago made me realize how important these organizations are.  A young Doctor present at a party mentioned to me that he lived on the Upper West Side.  Being that plenty of Gershwin tunes was being performed that evening I pointed out to him that George and Ira also lived on the UWS during much of their creative years.  In fact I continued, every time they had another hit show and their fortunes rose, they moved to a “better” building.  At this point the young Doctor (obviously lacking in Songbook knowledge) asked me….”do they still live here”?

Michael Feinstein performs The Great American Songbook and more importantly with the Foundation he helps educate the next generation about our musical heritage.

In 2009, Michael Feinstein was appointed Artistic Director of The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN.  At that time, the Foundation committed to permanently locating on the Center’s campus.  The Great American Songbook Foundation’s administrative offices and archives are located on the Gallery level of The Palladium, a 1600-seat concert hall that opened in January 2011.

Note to that Doctor…..The Gershwin’s (music) still lives on the Upper West Side and in every corner of the planet.

Christine Ebersole & Marilyn Maye
Robert Creighton, Laura Osnes, Nathan Johnson
Ben Vereen
Nathan Johnson, Laura Osnes, Eda Sorokoff, Robert Creighton
Ben Vereen
Rike Kane Larimer & Joeseph Benincasa
Byron Janis & Eda Sorokoff
Tom Postillio, Marilyn Maye, Mickey Conlon, Christine Ebersole
Michael Feinstein & Ted Hartley
Christine Ebersole
Vivian Serota
Michael Feinstein
Laura Osnes
Leslie Jerome, Stephen Jerome, Carole Koeppel, Eda Sorokoff
Marilyn Maye & Vivian Serota
Michael Feinstein & Ben Vereen
Carole Koeppel & Sunny Sessa
Arlene Lazare, Eda Sorokoff, Alan Lazare
Laura Osnes, Christine Ebersole, Eda Sorokoff, Cole Rumbough, Leah Jensen Rumbough
Tom Postillio & Mickey Conlon

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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