This Day in Jewish History The Premiere of 'Rhapsody in Blue'

A 25-year-old George Gershwin scrambled to write 'Rhapsody in Blue' in just a few weeks. It would go on to become one of the most popular and recognizable tunes of the 20th century.

On February 12, 1924, “Rhapsody in Blue” had its world premiere in New York.  Performed by the Paul Whiteman orchestra with the 25-year-old composer, George Gershwin, playing solo piano, the composition proved pivotal in establishing Gershwin's reputation as a serious composer. It would go on to become one of the most popular orchestral pieces of the 20th century, featured in films, TV...