Classical Music: Gershwin

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GEORGE GERSHWIN was born 100 years ago today, in celebration of which Anthony Inglis conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a stirring tribute concert. Gershwin's orchestral oeuvre is actually relatively small, so most of his classics are played here, including the "Strike Up the Band" overture, the Porgy and Bess "Symphonic Picture", "An American in Paris" and, inevitably, "Rhapsody in Blue".

Royal Festival Hall, London W1H (0171-935 2141) 7.30pm

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis (right), presents the first chance for audiences outside London to hear, "live", Anthony Payne's magnificent completion of Elgar's Symphony No 3, which had lain dormant for 64 years. It was Davis and the BBC SO which gave the world premiere back in February, since then reprising the work at the Proms.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham (0121-212 3333) 7.30pm

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