ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has entered a partnership with the estates of George and Ira Gershwin to provide music scholars complete access to the Gershwins' papers, compositional drafts and original scores to create a critical edition of their works.
The agreement announced over the weekend with university's School of Music, Theatre & Dance will allow the school to create new scores and parts for Gershwin compositions.
An educational effort, known as the Gershwin Initiative, is planned. It will include student performances, new courses and scholarly events.
In addition to "Porgy and Bess," works to be included in the scholarly review include George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," ''An American in Paris," ''Concerto in F" and "Cuban Overture," along with scores that the brothers wrote together for musicals.
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