MANCHESTER - Pianist Michael Arnowitt will perform and discuss the work of American composer George Gershwin at First Congregational Church in Manchester on February 6. The performance, "An Evening of George Gershwin," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

Through lecture and performance, Arnowitt will explore the music and era of Gershwin and perform An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue, among other compositions.

Arnowitt is a classical and jazz pianist and recording artist who has performed with orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe. His life and music is the subject of an award-winning documentary by the American filmmaker Susan Bettmann, Beyond Eighty-Eight Keys (2004). He lives in Montpelier.

The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series takes place in nine sites throughout Vermont. It is hosted in Manchester by Mark Skinner Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. Library sponsors for this program are the Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Cafe, and VT Renewable Fuels.

For more information, contact Mark Skinner Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.