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SPICE: By George: The Life and Music of George Gershwin

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 23 Iyar 5781

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Register by Wednesday, May 5.
Class sessions: May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10:30 am–Noon.
Fee: $48 temple members/$60 non-members

Description: Pianist and educator Daniel Weiser will explore the short, but productive life of American's greatest composer. The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Gershwin grew up in the rough, chaotic streets of New York and soaked up the melting pot around him to help formulate the new, brash sound of America. Over four classes, Dr. Weiser will play much of Gershwin's concert music, including "Rhapsody in Blue," "An American in Paris," and his "Preludes." He will also perform many of his iconic songs, most written with his brother Ira, as well as his obscure early opera, "Blue Monday."

Facilitator: Daniel Weiser has a Doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where he won the Richard Franko Goldman prize for outstanding contribution to musical and education life. He has performed on many great stages, including Carnegie Hall and The National Gallery of Art. He has also concertized around the world, including Israel, Thailand, Holland, and France. He has been on the music faculty of Dartmouth College and the St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Amici Music. He is also co-founder of Classicopia, a chamber music organization based in New Hampshire and was a founding member of the Adirondack Ensemble. A phi beta kappa graduate of Columbia University with a degree in American History, he also spent a year at Harvard Law School and was a classmate of President Obama.

Reservations may be made via email to or by phone to Sherri Bell, SPICE Chair at 410-833-2409. If you are a temple member, payment may be made by requesting to have your account billed. Other accepted methods of payment include credit card, cash paid in person at class or a check made out to HSOSC, with SPICE and the course name in the check memo, mailed to 1 Clifton Court, Pikesville, MD 21208.

Registration Policies:

  • All SPICE courses must be registered for and paid for in their entirety by the first session. Due to a new MD sales tax regulation, we are now required to charge 6% sales tax on all courses delivered electronically.
  • All SPICE courses for January-June 2021 will be presented on Zoom.
  • SPICE fees are per head, not per household, with a 50% off fee for second registrants within the same household.
  • A minimum of 15 enrollees per class is required. 

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