An American in Paris

Mar 22

7:30 PM


Friday, March 22, 2019

Winner of six Academy Awards®, the movie musical An American in Paris starring Gene Kelly features unforgettable songs and stunning dance sequences set against the backdrop of 1950s Paris. Experience this classic film as you never have before on the big screen with the timeless music of George Gershwin performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

An American in Paris — March 24

Approximate concert duration: 138 minutes including intermission


Gershwin An American in Paris


Preconcert conversation
30 minute run-time

Friday, March 22, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage

In 1928, George Gershwin wrote his orchestral suite An American in Paris, and two decades later, it inspired a movie musical of the same name, with the stellar creative lineup of director Vincente Minnelli, Broadway scenarist Alan Jay Lerner, choreographer and star Gene Kelly, costume designer Orry-Kelly, art director Cedric Gibbons, cinematographers Alfred Gilks and John Alton — and MGM production genius Arthur Freed. Legend has it that Freed went off "to create a movie about an American artist living in post-war France, working in as much of the Gershwins' famous catalog." And so a classic was born. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


The CSO at the Movies series is generously sponsored by Megan and Steven Shebik.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.