Then & Now 8/28: Blue Monday

George Gershwin

On this date in 1922, George Gershwin’s one-act opera "Blue Monday" opened and closed on the same day. Gershwin tried something different: a modern, jazz-age version of an Italian opera. The plot was a he does her wrong, and then she shoots him story. Now, the characters in the opera were all African American, but the cast was all white, made up in blackface. The reviews were devastatingly bad—one critic suggesting the soprano with the pistol should have shot the rest of the cast before anyone had a chance to sing.

If you’re feeling particulary blue on this soggy Monday morning, stay with Classical WSMR all day, good music from Brahms and his Violin Concerto is coming up a little later this morning, and this afternoon join Bethany Cagle for a performance of the beautiful Moonlight Sonata from Beethoven. Classical music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter what the weather here on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9. 

Air Date: 
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 8:00am