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Evening at Pops; Copland Centennial Celebration, A

Tribute to Aaron Copland

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Evening at Pops
Copland Centennial Celebration, A
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Taped shows of the Boston Pops. First telecast on WGBH in June 1957; Arthur Fiedler conducting at MIT Kresge Auditorium. Premiered nationally July 5, 1970, performances at Symphony Hall. Series release date: 1970

Program Description

Soprano Dawn Upshaw lends her exquisite voice and her admiration for Aaron Copland's music to the season opener, as performer and co-host of this special tribute show commemorating the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth. While the Pops fill Symphony Hall with the splendid sounds of "Fanfare for the Common Man," selections from The Tender Land, and other Copland favorites, Upshaw provides a visual companion to the melodic masterpieces with a tour of the incredible American folk art collection at Vermont's Shelburne Museum, a natural backdrop for Copland's renowned American sound. Also on the bill are baritone Jubilant Sykes and his inspirational renditions of Copland classics like "Simple Gifts" and "Bought Me A Cat," and members of the Boston Ballet dancing "Hoedown" from Copland's Rodeo. Footage of the late composer himself rounds out the program.



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Broadcast program

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Performance for a Live Audience
Dangel, Susan (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Evening at Pops; Copland Centennial Celebration, A,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 18, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9DDAF207F9B24C5FBCF09D61A7C0E39C.
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APA: Evening at Pops; Copland Centennial Celebration, A. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9DDAF207F9B24C5FBCF09D61A7C0E39C
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