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DVD 10013 BERNSTEIN AT 70

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Hosted by Beverly Sills.  Celebrities from Broadway, classical and pop music join the Boston Symphony Orchestra at their summer home, the Tanglewood Music Festival, in a gala seventieth birthday salute to the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.  Shown as part of the Great Performances series. Participants include: Beverly Sills, Victor Borge, Frederica von Stade, Larry Kert, Lauren Bacall, Seiji Ozawa, Betty Comden, Larry Kert, Bobby McFerrin, John Williams, more.  Run time: 2 hours.

This televised fundraising concert special, held at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York, features a "mixed bag" of performances of various numbers from operas and Broadway musicals. Host Itzhak Perlman offers opening remarks about the importance of public television, and then introduces Sherrill Milnes, who sings "Fin ch'han dal vino calda la testa," also known as "The Champagne Aria," from "Don Giovanni," followed by "Welcome Home" from "Fanny." Next, Roberta Peters sings "Vilja Song" from "The Merry Widow" and "Italian Street Song" from "Naughty Marietta." A series of photographs from various productions of "Show Boat" from over the years are then shown, and the American Symphony Orchestra performs a medley of songs from the musical, including "Old Man River" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man." Next, Howard McGillin sings "All the Things You Are" from "Very Warm For May," followed by "Johanna" from "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Leona Mitchell performs "O mio babbino caro" from "Gianni Schicchi" and "I Could Have Danced All Night" from "My Fair Lady," and Michael Feinstein performs "Every Street's a Boulevard in Old New York" from "Hazel Flagg."

The symphony orchestra performs the famous theme music from ' "Masterpiece Theatre," which Perlman explains is in fact the "Fanfare-Rondeau" by Jean-Joseph Mouret. Marilyn Horne then sings "Or la tromba in suon festante" from "Rinaldo," and pianist Alicia de Larrocha plays "Tango in D, Op. 165, No. 2" from "España" by Isaac Albéniz and "Spanish Dance No. 7" by Enrique Granados. Perlman performs Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E minor, Third Movement," followed by a traditional Romanian piece known as a doina. Eileen Farrell and Leonard Bernstein take the stage and perform "Come Rain or Come Shine" from "St. Louis Woman," followed by "Some Other Time" from "On the Town." Bernadette Peters then sings a medley of other numbers from "On the Town," including "New York, New York," "Lucky to Be Me," "I Can Cook Too" and "Lonely Town/Pas de deux." The orchestra performs "Entr'acte" from Act IV of "Carmen," and Samuel Ramey takes the stage to perform "They Call the Wind Maria" from "Paint Your Wagon." Next, The Romero Guitar Quartet, comprised of father Celedonio and three sons Celin, Pepe and Angel, plays "The Miller's Dance" from "The Three-Cornered Hat."

Pinchas Zukerman joins Perlman for "Sonata for Two Violins" by Jean-Marie Leclair, and Zukerman switches to a viola for "Passacaglia for Violin and Viola" by Handel. The orchestra plays the overture from "Girl Crazy," and Perlman is joined by John Lewis, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath and Connie Kay for a "chamber jazz" version of "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess." Feinstein then performs "'S Wonderful" from "Funny Face," and Feinstein, Peters and other performers close the evening with "I Got Rhythm" from "Girl Crazy."

MUSICAL TOAST, A: THE STARS SHINE ON PUBLIC TELEVISION (TV)

Summary

This televised fundraising concert special, held at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York, features a "mixed bag" of performances of various numbers from operas and Broadway musicals. Host Itzhak Perlman offers opening remarks about the importance of public television, and then introduces Sherrill Milnes, who sings "Fin ch'han dal vino calda la testa," also known as "The Champagne Aria," from "Don Giovanni," followed by "Welcome Home" from "Fanny." Next, Roberta Peters sings "Vilja Song" from "The Merry Widow" and "Italian Street Song" from "Naughty Marietta." A series of photographs from various productions of "Show Boat" from over the years are then shown, and the American Symphony Orchestra performs a medley of songs from the musical, including "Old Man River" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man." Next, Howard McGillin sings "All the Things You Are" from "Very Warm For May," followed by "Johanna" from "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Leona Mitchell performs "O mio babbino caro" from "Gianni Schicchi" and "I Could Have Danced All Night" from "My Fair Lady," and Michael Feinstein performs "Every Street's a Boulevard in Old New York" from "Hazel Flagg."

The symphony orchestra performs the famous theme music from ' "Masterpiece Theatre," which Perlman explains is in fact the "Fanfare-Rondeau" by Jean-Joseph Mouret. Marilyn Horne then sings "Or la tromba in suon festante" from "Rinaldo," and pianist Alicia de Larrocha plays "Tango in D, Op. 165, No. 2" from "España" by Isaac Albéniz and "Spanish Dance No. 7" by Enrique Granados. Perlman performs Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E minor, Third Movement," followed by a traditional Romanian piece known as a doina. Eileen Farrell and Leonard Bernstein take the stage and perform "Come Rain or Come Shine" from "St. Louis Woman," followed by "Some Other Time" from "On the Town." Bernadette Peters then sings a medley of other numbers from "On the Town," including "New York, New York," "Lucky to Be Me," "I Can Cook Too" and "Lonely Town/Pas de deux." The orchestra performs "Entr'acte" from Act IV of "Carmen," and Samuel Ramey takes the stage to perform "They Call the Wind Maria" from "Paint Your Wagon." Next, The Romero Guitar Quartet, comprised of father Celedonio and three sons Celin, Pepe and Angel, plays "The Miller's Dance" from "The Three-Cornered Hat."

Pinchas Zukerman joins Perlman for "Sonata for Two Violins" by Jean-Marie Leclair, and Zukerman switches to a viola for "Passacaglia for Violin and Viola" by Handel. The orchestra plays the overture from "Girl Crazy," and Perlman is joined by John Lewis, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath and Connie Kay for a "chamber jazz" version of "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess." Feinstein then performs "'S Wonderful" from "Funny Face," and Feinstein, Peters and other performers close the evening with "I Got Rhythm" from "Girl Crazy."

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Bernstein at 70
aries (new york, ny) 10/24/2012 1:46 PM
Terrific - Christa Ludweg's appearance alone is worth it!! What a collection of talent....
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