This one-hour program contains classic Christmas arrangements and original music by Leroy Anderson. You'll hear recorded performances of Leroy Anderson's Christmas Music with Leonard Slatkin conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Leroy Anderson conducting his "Pops" Concert Orchestra. Listeners will also hear Leroy Anderson talking about how he wrote some of his famous Christmas music and what Christmas means to him.
This Leroy Anderson Tribute is hosted and produced by the composer's son Kurt Anderson, who is also General Manager of public radio station WMNR Fine Arts Radio in Monroe, CT. He has produced a number of radio programs about his father including an NPR special concert in 1999. He also created the PBS website on Leroy Anderson and produced the DVD release of the PBS documentary, Once Upon a Sleigh Ride.
Mr Anderson's co-host is Leonard Slatkin, Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. Slatkin has served as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. He has held Principal Guest Conductor positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.