The BCO will bring an evening of live orchestral music featuring selections from A Salute to the Big Apple with the popular songs Theme from New York, New York, Forty-Second Street, Lullaby on Broadway, and New York, New York. “Theme from New York, New York”, written in 1977, became popular when Frank Sinatra re-recorded it for his album “Trilogy.” The song’s popular lyrics “Start Spreading the News” are used at many events including games at Yankee Stadium, the popular Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and is traditionally played in Times Square on New Year’s Eve after Auld Lang Syne and the ball drop. The medley will also feature “Forty-Second Street,” the title song for the film and musical “Forty-Second Street” written in 1933. Another popular piece to be featured is “Lullaby of Broadway,” written in 1935, and introduced in the musical “Gold Diggers.” Lullaby on Broadway is a tribute to the nightlight of Broadway, the late nights and people who don’t sleep until dawn. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936. Closing out the medley New York, New York” written in 1944 by Leonard Bernstein for the musical “On the Town,” which the orchestra performed three movements of at their last concert.
If you like waltz and dance music you will enjoy hearing the Masquerade Waltz by Aram Khachaturian and Leroy Anderson’s Pyramid Dance. Khachaturian is considered one of the most renowned Armenia composers of the 20 th century. Arthur Fiedler, of the Boston Pops Orchestra, favorited Leroy Anderson’s writing and compositions. The BCO will be offering another sampling of Anderson’s work in the Pyramid Dance, and a special feature, “Old MacDonald,” which you won’t want to miss! The concert will also include John Williams’ “March from 1941” from the comedy movie 1941, starring John Belushi, Ned Beatty, and Dan Akroyd, A beautiful piece by Raymond Hubbell’s “Poor Butterfly”, a beautiful melody inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, which was performed at the last concert, and Morton Gould’s unique arrangement of “Yankee Doodle.”
Also mark your calendars for the Bedford Community Orchestra’s Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 15th at 7:30pm to celebrate the sounds of the season!
Suggested Donation $10/person. For more information visit www.BedfordCommOrch.org or call 540/947-0208.