1973 Tribute to George Gershwin on PBS, Announcer - "Concerto in F," Rock Oakeson, soloist by Rock Oakeson published on 2013/07/05 00:40:26 +0000 When I was still a teenager, one of the proudest moments of my life occurred when I was selected as the piano soloist in a "Tribute to George Gershwin" concert presented in the Salt Lake City Mormon Tabernacle by the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus. I performed the entire "Concerto in F." This concert was presented twice, since the demand for tickets was so great. And the first of the two concerts was broadcast live over nationwide PBS television. Needless to say, I was a nervous wreck! (But I did very well, and write ups in newspapers all over the country lauded me. Whew!) What you are listening to is the announcer's introduction of me as I am walking out onto the stage. The performance was in September of 1973, and I must say that it is one of the fondest memories I have of my very early career as a pianist. Performing the concerto, with all my close friends in the orchestra, and the wonderful Jay Welch conducting, made me feel as if I were George Gershwin, himself. Thank you, Mormon Youth, and Jay Welch, for the best memory of my young years! I am Jewish, but I will always have a fond place in my heart for the Latter-day Saints!