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Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about George Gershwin's enormous legacy. His influences were many: French music (Claude DeBussy and Maurice Ravel, especially), Russian composition teacher Joseph Schillinger, ballet, folk, gospel, blues, jazz, African syncopation, etc. From his hands, with the help of his brother Ira's lyrics, came a unique sound that never grows old.