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Centenary – Jerome Moross: The Big Country and Beyond

The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to present Jerome Moross - The Big Country and Beyond, a centenary celebration (August 1) of the colorful life of the maverick and seminal American composer of film scores, orchestral and chamber music, ballets, opera, Broadway musicals and American songs.

A two hour centennial documentary on the life, career and music of the quintessentially American composer who not only composed the scores for legendary films such as The Big Country and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and famous musicals like The Golden Apple and Gentlemen Be Seated, but also wrote innovative ballets, chamber and orchestral music, and a highly original opera

We'll hear exclusively recorded commentary from:
The Composer: Jerome Moross; Actress and Singer: Kaye Ballard; Conductor: JoAnn Falletta; Singer: Claire Martin; Film Composer and Historian: Rodney Newton; Creator and Director of the Lost Musicals project: Ian Marshall Fisher; Producer: James Fitzpatrick; Author: Jon Burlingame; Author: Howard Pollack; Dance Historian: Jack Anderson; Orchestrator and Arranger: Larry Moore; Writer and Executive Director of the Society for American Music: Mariana Whitmer; Daughter of Jerome Moross: Susanna Tarjan Moross; Grandson of Jerome Moross: Josh Tarjan and Grandson of Jerome Moross: Aaron Tarjan

Compositions by Jerome Moross will include:
Those Everlasting Blues
Beguine
A Tall Story, for Orchestra
Frankie and Johnny
Symphony No 1
Ballet Ballads
The Last Judgement
The Golden Apple
Gentlemen Be Seated
The Seven Wonders of the World
Wagon Train
Proud Rebel
The Big Country
The Jayhawkers
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Cardinal
The War Lord
Valley of the Gwangi
Various Songs
Sonatina for Clarinet Choir
Sonata for Piano Duet and String Quartet
Sorry, Wrong Number
Flute Concerto

Michael Feinstein hosts this two-hour centennial documentary on the life, career and music of the quintessentially American composer, who not only composed the scores for legendary films such as The Big Country and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and famous musicals like The Golden Apple and Gentlemen Be Seated, but also wrote innovative ballets, chamber and orchestral music, and a highly original opera, Sorry, Wrong Number.

This special Jerome Moross centenary will be available free of charge to all affiliate stations on August 1, 2013 for two (2) broadcasts before July, 31, 2014. 

For more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email: tmacaluso@wfmt.com or Estlin Usher at 773-279-2112, email: eusher@wfmt.com.