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Michael Feinstein’s American Pops is a new one-hour show that explores a chapter of 20th century music that is popular for seasonal concerts, but usually ignored by the classical media. Some of the featured composers are very well known – George Gershwin, Leroy Anderson, Richard Rodgers – but others may be new even to die-hard fans. Feinstein is a dedicated collector who has unearthed works that have not been heard in decades by Jacques Press, David Raksin and Morton Gould. A natural raconteur, Feinstein shares the lore behind the music, opening a door to some of the most colorful characters in America’s cultural history.
July 9: Lost and Found in America
Rarities from the American Pops catalogue, including Jacques Press’s “Disconcerto” and Paul Whiteman’s performance of “Cuban Overture” by George Gershwin.
July 16: American Moderns
The sounds of modernism refracted through popular music in the works of Jerome Moross, Leroy Anderson, Oscar Levant and more.
July 23: Pops Goes Dancing
Ballet music and more as the pops orchestra dances along with music by Previn, Gershwin, Raksin and others.
July 30: The Jazz Beat
How the rhythms and melodies of jazz infused every part of American music, even in the concert hall, with examples from Duke Ellington and an exceedingly rare “Swing Sinfonietta” by Morton Gould.
Aug. 6: Pops at the Picture Show
Demonstrating the ways the pops sound developed in Hollywood thanks to composers like Bernard Hermann, Johnny Green and Erich Korngold.
Aug. 13: Pops Concert Icons
Some of the greatest hits and greatest composers of the pops repertoire, including Henry Mancini, Morton Gould and Leroy Anderson.