American pianist Kevin Cole is regarded by members of the Gershwin family as the foremost interpreter of George Gershwin compositions. Irving Berlin once said to him, "Kid, if I could have played piano like that, I would never have become a songwriter!" Mr. Cole brought his sparkling talent to this year's Castleton Festival, performing both Rhapsody in Blue and Gershwin's Concerto in F for piano and orchestra. He spoke with Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton about what got him hooked on Gershwin's music, and why it's become his signature repertoire.
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