To the Editor:

Winter can drag on here in Vermont, especially when the snow washes out in late January. We can all get a little case of cabin fever. What better antidote than "An Evening of George Gershwin," a First Wednesdays program of the Vermont Humanities Council hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. Pianist and lecturer Michael Arnowitt entertained a full house at the Congregational Church last Wednesday with tales of George Gershwin interspersed with selections from Gershwin's work. He played a beautiful rendition of "Rhapsody in Blue," detailing where the title came from and how Gershwin wrote it in three weeks. Along with bits of many favorite Gershwin tunes which Arnowitt used to illustrate his lecture, he also played "An American in Paris." He ended his talk with "I've Got Rhythm," adding his own improvisations and variations. Arnowitt is a very accomplished pianist and engaging lecturer. A big thank you should go to the Mark Skinner Library, Vermont Humanities Council, and Library Sponsors The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Café, and VT Renewable Fuels for bringing such a great program to Manchester. It lifts our spirits in the long, cold, bare days of winter.

Constance West Manchester


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