At the end of June 1926, Paul Whiteman and his orchestra gave five concerts in the Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Berlin, Germany.
An account of the program for the first concert from "The Jazz Republic: Music, Race, and American Culture in Weimar German" by Jonathan Wipplinger.
The concert began with Ferde Grofé’s “Mississippi,” which is described as a musical depiction of a trip down the Mississippi river, modulating in style as it takes the listener south towards New Orleans in four movements. The second piece was “Five Popular American Melodies”: the jazz standard “Tiger Rag,” Fritz Kreisler’s “Caprice Viennois,” Zez Confrey’s “Dizzy Fingers,” “Spain,” likely by Gus Kahn, and concluding with Ray Henderson’s “I am Sitting on Top of
the World.” The medley was followed by Chester Hazlett’s saxophone solo of the song “Nadine” by B. Hinton. Fourth came “Castles in the Air,” and the fifth piece was “Meet the Boys,” a standard of Whiteman concerts in which individual
band members were featured. Also included, though not listed in the program, was Whiteman’s smash hit of 1926, “Valencia,” which was referred to in many reviews of the concert. The program then indicated that an intermission
would take place. However, this intermission, as well as the concluding piece, a number to be picked by audience, was skipped for the premiere concert, something that caused some confusion on the part of reviewers. Instead, the program at the premiere ended with what was to be the highlight of the concert: George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which as the notes for this piece make clear, became famous after Whiteman debuted it as part of his Aeolian
Hall concert in 1924.
The premiere began at 10:00 p.m. and continued until after midnight. It was warmly received by the audience, though according to Whiteman’s biographer, the jazz king had been particularly nervous about the reaction, given what he perceived as the cold demeanor of the Berliners.
Here is the cover of the program.