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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Water Music

Comes the most peculiar news from Boston of a musical tribute to the Kennedy family.
The world premiere of "The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers," is set for Tuesday night at Symphony Hall. Celebrity narrators Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris will read from some of the most famous speeches of President John F. Kennedy and Sens. Robert and Edward Kennedy.

Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart commissioned composer Peter Boyer and lyricist Lynn Ahrens to write the piece, which will be performed several other times this spring and during the Pops summer season.
I suppose those Bostonians are welcome to it but I can't imagine scalpers will do a brisk business outside Symphony Hall on nights the Kennedy brothers portrait is performed. Still, if the Pops wants to do this thing right, they will join forces with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus at some point during the tribute for a rousing rendition of the famous and much beloved Teddy Kennedy Song (to the tune of the Irish Washerwoman):
Oh, your mother is dead
And your father is dead
And your brother is dead
And your brother is dead
And your brother is dead
And your wife is a drunk
And your kid has one leg
And your car doesn't float.
Hat tip to Robbo

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