This condensed concert version includes all the best- loved solos and choruses from Gershwin’s ‘American folk opera’, including ‘Summertime’, ‘Oh I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’, ‘Bess, You Is My Woman Now’ and ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’.

The energetic overture to the hit musical Girl Crazy launched the careers of Ginger Rogers and Ethel Merman and includes the instantly recognisable songs ‘Embraceable You’, ‘I Got Rhythm’ and ‘But Not For Me’. 

Copland’s American song arrangement covers a wide range of themes; the Shaker hymn ‘Simple Gifts’ may be familiar from his ballet Appalachian Spring.