Pops Goes Dancing

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Still from 'Invitation to the Dance'

Much of the music we know as “pops” started its life as accompaniment to dance scenes on stage and screen. On this episode, host Michael Feinstein considers how composers such as Richard Rodgers, Andre Previn and Bernard Hermann scored movie musicals and ballets with elements of jazz, classical and more.

Selections on this week’s program include a rare collaboration between Kurt Weil and Ira Gershwin, an opera aria that Bernard Hermann wrote for a famous scene in "Citizen Kane," and a sequence of dance cues from the Gene Kelly film "Invitation to the Dance." Appropriate footwear strongly recommended.


Dana Suesse, arr. Huxley: Jazz Nocturne
Richard Rosenberg, Conductor; Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Peter Mintun, Piano
Album Title: Jazz Nocturne: American Concertos of the Jazz Age
Naxos 8.559647

Andre Previn: Ring Around The Rosy
Andre Previn, Conductor & Piano; MGM Studio Orchestra
Album Title: Invitation To Dance (Soundtrack)
LP Record  MGM E3207

George Gershwin: Ballet from "Primrose"
Leonard Pennario, Piano
Album Title: Gershwin Song Book
Angel EMI CDC-7 47418-2

Richard Rodgers: La Princess Zenobia Ballet
John Mauceri, Conductor; Original 1983 Cast Orchestra
Album Title: On Your Toes (1983 Cast Recording)
Jay Records CDJAY 1361

Kurt Weill & Ira Gershwin: You’re Far Too Near Me
Thomas Hampson, Baritone; Elizabeth Futral, Soprano; John McGlinn, Conductor; London Sinfonietta
Album Title: Kurt Weill On Broadway
EMI Classics 72435 555 6325

Bernard Herrmann: Citizen Kane - Aria from “Salammbo”
Dame Kiri Te Kenawa, Soprano; Charles Gerhardt, Conductor; National Philharmonic Orchestra
Album Title: Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann
RCA Victor 07072-2-RG