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Dexter Community Band Presents an American in Paris Who Has Rhythm and a Rhapsody Colored Blue

By Todd Nissen

Do you have rhythm? Ever known an American in Paris? Or had a rhapsody that was blue?

If the answer is “Yes!” to any of those, a good place to be at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 19, would be the Center for Performing Arts at Dexter High School, 2200 North Parker Road.

The Dexter Community Band finishes its 2023-24 season with “An Afternoon with Gershwin,” a free concert dedicated to one of the country’s greatest composers, George Gershwin. Known for fusing jazz and popular rhythms with classical music — or maybe it’s the other way around — Gershwin’s voluminous work spanned Broadway musical theater to orchestral piano compositions before his untimely death at 38 from complications of a brain tumor.

Selections of Gershwin’s music the band will be performing include An American in Paris, Porgy and Bess, I Got Rhythm and Strike up the Band. The Symphonic Gershwin piece includes excerpts from Cuban Overture and Rhapsody in Blue.

Soprano Fiona Linn will perform A Gershwin Tribute to Love, a medley of, S’ Wonderful, Love Is Here to Stay, They Can’t Take That Away from Me and Embraceable You. She will also perform But Not for Me.

Fiona is a native of Adelaide, Australia, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and sang for many years with the local professional opera company, chamber choirs, and community musical theater groups.

Since moving to Michigan 15 years ago, Fiona has been active in local musical groups including Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor and the Depot Town Big Band in Ypsilanti. As if that is not enough to keep her busy, Fiona is division administrator for Hospital Medicine at Michigan Medicine. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and two children.