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The Kennedys Are Coming To Tanglewood

It’s going to be extraordinarily magical and emotional afternoon at Tanglewood on Sunday, July 18, when the Boston Pops perform The Dream Lives on: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, which had its world premiere at Symphony Hall in Boston on Tuesday night (see the video left.)  Written by composer Peter Boyer (whose orchestral works include Ellis Island: The Dream of America) and lyricist Lynn Ahrens (Schoolhouse Rock) and commissioned by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, The Dream Lives On pays tribute to the legacies of John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy. Last night’s performance in Boston featured not only the Tanglewood Festival Chorus but guest narrators Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris and Cherry Jones.  Alec Baldwin will be the narrator for the Tanglewood performance of the multi-media piece that combines quotes from speeches by the Kennedy brothers with original text and video, as well as the orchestral and choral score. It will be an afternoon that celebrates local, liberal politics, for folksinger Arlo Guthrie will also share the stage with the Pops in the Koussevitzy Music Shed.  And the all-American spirit will continue into evening on the Tanglewood campus when classically-trained Broadway veteran Audra McDonald makes her Ozawa Hall debut with a program called The New American Songbook featuring standards as well as songs written especially for her by contemporary theater composers.

Boston Pops present The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers at Tanglewood
July 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Audra McDonald’s The New American Songbook in Ozawa Hall
July 18 at 8 p.m.

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