Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Relax After Taxes with a Musical Celebration of George Gershwin and Kay Swift at the Fayette County Public Library

The Fayette County Public Library and the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library invite the public to attend a free musical and educational presentation on the lives and music of George Gershwin and Kay Swift on Wednesday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. The timing is perfect for everyone to “relax after taxes” with music, tea, and desserts in the library meeting room. Program and refreshments are offered free of charge.

“Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” is a multimedia exploration of the greatest romance of George Gershwin’s life, told through his scintillating music and that of his longtime love Kay Swift. Gershwin is a household name, but fewer people know the story of Swift, who was herself a trailblazing composer of sophisticated Broadway scores, Balanchine ballets, and popular concert works. Revealing anecdotes about their ten-year affair are shared from the piano by Aaron Gandy, artistic adviser to the Kay Swift Trust. Gandy’s keyboard artistry and informative narration will be accompanied by two talented Broadway vocalists. Featured songs include “Love Is Here To Stay,” “Embraceable You,” “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,” “The Man I Love,” “Fine And Dandy,” “S’Wonderful,” and other favorites. “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off: George Gershwin’s Romance with Kay Swift” is presented by special arrangement with Sue B Music (www.suebmusic).

This musical program is the centerpiece of the Fayette County Public Library’s weeklong celebration of National Library Week, April 13-18. Other special events include: weeklong amnesty on overdue fines for materials returned Monday through Saturday in person during library open hours; a free performance for ages 10 and up by storyteller Ernestine Brown on Tuesday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m., and a Customer Appreciation Reception featuring free cake and punch on Thursday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841.
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