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We bring dynamic music programs into underserved schools and with the 68-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra perform free concerts for the community.

"Rhapsody in Blue" Centennial Concert with Marcus Roberts

Saturday May 11, 2024, 8:00 PM

Carpenter Performing Arts Center

6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90840, USA

Celebrate George Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue” Centennial with the Symphonic Jazz  Orchestra and very special guest, piano soloist Marcus Roberts.

  • Pre-Concert Talk with Mitch Glickman & Marcus Roberts at 7 PM

  • Concert at 8 PM

  • VIP Reception at 9 PM

$15 General Admission for purchase via

$100 VIP Tickets for purchase via

UCLA Extension
"Rhapsody in Blue" Course

Virtual Course / Osher (50+)

Date & Time
April 5 - April 26
Fridays 10AM - 12PM PST
Enroll by April 5


On February 12, 1924, an audience heard "Rhapsody in Blue" for the first time. It had taken George Gershwin just three weeks to write this landmark American work that bridged the worlds of jazz and classical music. In this course, we explore the key figures involved—George Gershwin, Paul Whiteman, Ferde Grofé and some of the great interpreters of this piece including Leonard Bernstein, Marcus Roberts and Bill Cunliffe—to understand the rich and interesting history of this treasured composition.

Instructor: Mitch Glickman
Fee: $100

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Comprised of some of the top musicians in the country, our 68-member orchestra performs free concerts for the community and has played with renowned jazz soloists like George Duke, Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Lee Ritenour and The Yellowjackets.


Every year, the SJO awards a commissioning prize to a composer, whose new work is then premiered by the orchestra in concert.



SJO's Music Director Mitch Glickman hosts “Beyond Symphonic Jazz” on KJazz 88.1 FM Monday Nights at 9pm (PST). The radio show explores where the worlds of jazz and classical music meet with interviews with some very special composers and performers.


Have you ever heard Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue? If not, take a listen.

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If so, then you’ve heard Symphonic Jazz. Coined by the American band leader Paul Whiteman in the early 1920s, Symphonic Jazz is an innovative hybrid form of music blending the worlds of jazz and classical music.

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