September 26, 2023

Intimate One Night Only Concert Featuring a Tribute to George Gershwin’s
“Rhapsody in Blue” with Grammy nominated and acclaimed musicians

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 – New York, NY: SUNY College of Optometry invites all art, history, and music lovers to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the debut of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue which originally took place on the site of its campus. Today, on this date in 1898, Composer George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, NY making it a fitting day to announce this once in a life time event to be held on Monday, February 12, 2024. This one night only event will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of George Gershwin’s iconic masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue in the SUNY Optometry’s Schwarz Theater. The College’s 42nd Street Campus once housed Aeolian Hall, the concert venue where Gershwin debuted Rhapsody in Blue on February 12, 1924.

The musical program will be performed by a dynamic collection of nationally acclaimed musicians and artists.

A complete detailed program with participating artists will be released in the coming weeks along and tickets can now be purchased through this link:

What: Kaleidoscope of Sound Celebration

Exclusive musical concert featuring the New York City debut of a modern Rhapsody in Blue along with other musical pieces from the era and light refreshments

When: Monday, February 12, 2024
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: SUNY College of Optometry
Schwarz Theater
33 W. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

How: Advanced registration will be required as there is limited seating; tickets to go on sale in
November 2023.

Media seeking additional information can contact Rob Rosiello at or
(212) 938-5753 or Dawn Rigney at or (212) 938-5600


About SUNY College of Optometry
Founded in 1971 and located in New York City, the State University of New York College of Optometry is a leader in education, research, and patient care, offering the Doctor of Optometry degree as well as MS and PhD degrees in vision science. The College conducts a robust program of basic, translational and clinical research and has 65 affiliated clinical training sites as well as an on-site clinic, the University Eye Center. SUNY Optometry is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; its four-year professional degree program and residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association. All classrooms, research facilities and the University Eye Center, which is one of the largest optometric outpatient facilities in the nation, are located on 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan. To learn more about SUNY Optometry, visit