Lead: On February 12, 1924 at Aeolian Hall in New York City, a handsome 25-year-old composer strode to the piano and began to play. The audience was entranced.

            Intro: A Moment In Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The program had been long and rather dreary to the crowd of the city's elite gathered to hear Paul Whiteman lead his orchestra in an "Experiment in Modern Music." Yet the reaction to George Gershwin's work of classical jazz, “Rhapsody in Blue,” was immediate and positive. Since he had emerged as a major player in New York theater circles during the First World War, Gershwin had been something of an enigma.

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