A Concert with Wings

If it weren't for United Airlines, Americans might remember George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" for what it really is — a definitive American classic — instead of as a psychosomatic feeling that your legs are cramped and you're eating honey-roasted peanuts. Post-'80s babies fortunately don't have that problem, but for the rest of us, it's time to put some new sensory imagery into our brains. The man for the job is star pianist Roger Dowling, who'll perform the Gershwin standard at the Miami Beach Community Church for this Sunday's Celebration of American Ragtime and Gershwin.

The show is the final event in Seraphic Fire's popular summer concert series, and Lorenzo Lebrija, the music organization's president and CEO, feels lucky to cap it with Dowling. "I can think of no one better to close out our first Summer Concert Series in style," Lebrija says.
Sun., Aug. 30, 4 p.m., 2009
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P. Scott Cunningham