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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Still from 'Invitation to the Dance' Still from 'Invitation to the Dance'

Much of the music we know as “pops” started its life as accompaniment to dance scenes on stage and screen. On this episode, host Michael Feinstein considers how composers such as Richard Rodgers, Andre Previn and Bernard Hermann scored movie musicals and ballets with elements of jazz, classical and more.

Selections on this week’s program include a rare collaboration between Kurt Weil and Ira Gershwin, an opera aria that Bernard Hermann wrote for a famous scene in "Citizen Kane," and a sequence of dance cues from the Gene Kelly film "Invitation to the Dance." Appropriate footwear strongly recommended.

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