Brian sings Gershwin

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BEACH Boys legend Brian Wilson is heading to the North East to sing Gershwin.

As part of only five UK dates outside London, Brian will showcase his latest, critically-acclaimed album – Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin – in its entirety, as well as classics from the Beach Boys back catalogue.

The album of George and Ira Gershwin classics has already attracted rave reviews with its imaginative arrangements of some of the most widely-known and recorded music in history, as well as two new songs from unpublished Gershwin music.

It includes an a cappella arrangement of Rhapsody In Blue, songs from Porgy And Bess such as Summertime and It Ain’t Necessarily So, as well as classic Gershwin compositions including S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm.

The classic tracks are easily recognisable, yet with a definite sense of the Californian sunshine of the Beach Boys, and are full of Brian’s trademark stacked vocal harmonies and orchestrations.

Brian Wilson says: “I remember hearing Rhapsody In Blue and I was probably four or five years old and I was blown away. I just couldn’t believe how beautiful it was.”

Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin makes history by featuring The Like In I Love You and Nothing But Love – two new songs Wilson crafted from previously unpublished music by Gershwin.

The former is drawn from Will You Remember Me?, a song Gershwin composed in 1924 for the musical Lady, Be Good!, which never made it into the show. The latter is based on Say My Say, a 1929 song fragment the Gershwin brothers never fully completed.

Wilson adds: “Along with Irving Berlin, Gershwin basically invented the popular song, but he did something more. He had a gift for melody that nobody has ever equalled, yet his music is timeless and always accessible. This is the most spiritual project I’ve ever worked on.”

l Brian Wilson will be performing at The Sage Gateshead on September 10.

Tickets are £40 to £45, and can be booked either by calling 443 4661, online at www.thesagegateshead.org or in person from The Sage Gateshead’s Ticket Office.