If you haven’t already been there, you have just a few days left to explore the Gershwin in Print exhibit featured in the Gallery at Main during October. Curated by Greg Suriano, author of Gershwin in His Time, the exhibit features a wonderful collection of Gershwin memorabilia and sheet music covers.
To make the exhibit even more exciting, the music will “go live” this Sunday, October 31st, at 2pm in the Quiet Reading Room of the Main Library in Oakland. Mike Plaskett, co-host of the WDUQ-radio program “Rhythm Sweet and Hot,” will lead a musical group that includes Doug Starr on keyboards, Lou Schreiber on clarinet, and vocals by Emily Collins and Mr. Plaskett. Mr. Suriano will provide commentary on the songs, featuring many of the composer’s finest compositions performed from the original 1920s-30s sheet music. You may find yourself singing along to “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’,” or “‘S Wonderful.”
After that, you may want to explore the library’s own sheet music collections, which are filled with such treasures as “Gateway Polka,” “In Wilkinsburg,” “Dear Old Westinghouse,” and “Wake up America! A toast to the death knell of Prohibition.”
We hope to see you at this entertaining and enjoyable event!