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Gregg Edelman 

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George and Ira Gershwin's "Nice Work if You Can Get It" seems an appropriate song for this alumnus of Northwestern University's Waa-Mu revues who went on to star in the Broadway hit City of Angels. Edelman's skill at blending musical comedy's theatricality and jazz's rhythmic precision, evident in City's original-cast recording, bodes well for his appearance at his alma mater's "The Gershwin Years," a concert of vocal and instrumental music by the brothers whose collaborations (Of Thee I Sing, Porgy and Bess, et al) set the standards for quality and ambitiousness in their fusion of jazz, classical, and pop styles. The evening also includes Northwestern instructor Sylvia Wang playing solo piano on Rhapsody in Blue and a company of student singers and instrumentalists under the guidance of directors Tom Roland and Dominic Missimi and conductors John Paynter and Don D. Owens. Thursday and next Friday, January 24, 8 PM, and next Saturday, January 25, 2 and 8 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 Sheridan, Evanston; 708-491-5441.

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