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Friday, June 26, 2009

Porgy and Bess

Mmmmm....I was in high school. A senior and an AKA Debutant. As a group we went to the opera and saw Porgy and Bess. I still remember it and the awe I felt watching the performers, African American performers. So full of pride and excitement... Here's a little taste:

And a nice slideshow:


  1. I love Porgy and Bess, but I have to correct you in that it was NOT written by an African American.

    Porgy and Bess is an opera, first performed in 1935, with music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward (a NON-African-American), but it was based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy and the play of the same name as the opera which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward. All three works deal with African American life in the fictitious Catfish Row (based on the real-life Cabbage Row) in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s.

  2. I stand corrected. Thank you. I have amended my error :)