Porgy and Bess

[pawr-gee uh n bes]

noun

an opera (1935) with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

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Porgy and Bess

[(pawr-gee)]

An opera with music by George Gershwin. It depicts life in the African-American community of Charleston, South Carolina. Porgy is a handicapped beggar who protects Bess, only to have her leave town with a rival. The songs “Summertime” and “It Ain't Necessarily So” are from Porgy and Bess.

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