Thursday, June 26, 2008

Special Feature - Leroy Anderson

Sunday June 29th marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of American composer Leroy Anderson.

The preeminent American composer of light concert music, Anderson wrote the familiar tunes Sleigh Ride, The Syncopated Clock and Blue Tango. His music captures the imagination of millions of people around the world with its memorable, optimistic melodies and impeccably crafted orchestrations.

We recently spoke to the composer's son Kurt about his father's music and the anniversary.
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Conductor Leonard Slatkin is currently recording the complete Leroy Anderson works on the Naxos label. Volume 3 has just been released and we talked with the maestro about Anderson and his music.

Tune in Friday and Monday during Performance Today on KTXI and KPAC to hear Anderson's music with the interviews.
John Clare, afternoon host

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