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Evening at Pops; Strangers In Paradise

John Williams: Itzhak Perlman , Dianne Reeves , Vic Damone

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Evening at Pops
Strangers In Paradise
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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

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Hosted by Academy and Emmy Award-winning director/screenwriter/producer Barry Levinson, the show focuses on the music and films of Russian and German émigrés who streamed into Hollywood in the 1940s and '50s. The star-studded line-up of guests includes violinist Itzhak Perlman, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and crooner Vic Damone. The visiting artists join the Boston Pops Orchestra to pay tribute to the founding fathers of movie music: Max Steiner, Kurt Weill, Vernon Duke, David Raksin, and Victor Young, performing selections from the film scores to Laura, The Quiet Man, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Now, Voyager. Throughout the evening, host Levinson and Williams pepper the musical performances with fascinating history of the featured composers via interviews, archival photos, and film clips.

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Performance for a Live Audience
Dangel, Susan (Series Producer)
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