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all kinds of Cuban percussion instru-
ments in addition to the full orchestra.
For a guy who wasn't Cuban, Gershwin
wrote some pretty good Cuban music."
Although Kahane plans on talking a
Kahane enjoys playing
bit about the selections to introduce
Gershwin tunes at his home
each piece, he wants to keep the concert
keyboard in California, but
fun and relaxed. Members of the Detroit
when he tours, the Gershwin selections
Area Art Deco Society (DAADS) will
become more formidable.
add to that feeling by coming dressed in
Kahane's two-performance visit with
the fashions of Gershwin's prime and
the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the
setting up a booth with art pieces from
Meadow Brook Music Festival, Friday
the period. (See sidebar.)
and Saturday, July 25-26, will be pre-
sented under the title
at Meadow Brook
for the first time, will
and feature Cuban
be making his third
appearance with the
Concerto in F,
DSO. A guest soloist
Rhapsody in Blue and
some time ago, he
An American in Paris.
also presented an all-
"I've always been a
Mozart program in
huge Gershwin fan,"
which he both con-
says Kahane, 46,
ducted and played
music director of the
playing the piano are
and the Santa Rosa
equally satisfying and
challenging ways of
"Piano Concerto in
Fand Rhapsody in
Kahane says. "I feel
Blue have been a reg-
very lucky that I
ular part of my
have been blessed
[piano] repertoire for
many years and are a
nity to do both
tremendous amount Jeffrey Kahane: " Conducting and play-
ing the piano are equally satisfying and with wonderful
of fini to play.
challenging ways of making music."
orchestras all over
"These pieces are
very important in the
Kahane, a native of Los Angeles and a
history of American music in that they
graduate of the San Francisco
are representative of some of the first
Conservatory of Music, can't remember
successful attempts to make a bridge
a time when he wasn't passionate about
between the concert hall and the popu-
music and thinks of his career decision
lar American idiom — in this case, ja77.
as a gradual one.
"To some people, when they were
An important influence came at age
written in the 1920s, the pieces were
14 with piano lessons from Jakob
shocking. The traditionalists in the con-
Gimpel, an internationally known con-
cert halls didn't feel that jazz was appro-
cert performer. Kahane's interest in con-
priate to bring into symphonic music,
ducting surfaced when he was in his late
but obviously they were proven wrong."
Stepping away from the keyboard and
"I won the grand prize at the 1983
with baton in hand, Kahane will turn
Rubenstein Competition in Tel Aviv and
the spotlight on DSO percussionists
had the great honor of playing seven
with Cuban Overture. He also will lead
concerts with the Israel Philharmonic in
An American in Paris as scored for a big,
Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem," recalls
Kahane, whose grandfather survived
"I love Cuban music, and Gershwin
Buchenwald. "I'm hoping to go back."
obviously did, too," he says. "It calls for
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