Oz in the News 3.9.11

Boston Pops Announces Judy Garland YouTube Sing-Along “National Choir” To pay respect to the shared cultural heritage of the American Songbook, the Boston Pops is asking for video submissions of fans singing “Over the Rainbow” for inclusion in a video collage to be shown at Boston Pops performances throughout the season. Voted number one on the RIAA and NEA’s “Songs of the Century” list, Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow” is an American Songbook selection that unites generations and ties the 2011 Spring Pops Season together—from the Opening Night Judy Garland tribute to the finale “Triple Crown” performance celebrating America’s Heartland. The signature Boston Pops sing-along has long been an audience favorite, so this year the orchestra is opening the sing-along to a national choir. Participants of all ages can submit video of themselves singing “Over the Rainbow,” by adding a video to YouTube and emailing a link and contact info to overtherainbow@bso.org. Videos will be featured on the Boston Pops YouTube channel, on the Boston Pops website, and at Boston Pops performances throughout the season. All video submissions are due by Saturday, April 26, 2011.

BWW Interviews: Ashley Brown Talks Judy Garland “I get to sing “Over The Rainbow” so I’m very excited to be assigned that song. I also love “Me and My Gal” and “The Trolley Song.” What is really exciting for me is that we are using all of Judy’s charts, so everything is in her key. We aren’t trying to sound like her but it’s very cool to have her original arrangements and orchestrations and to get to hear the music the way it was written fifty years ago.”

On London Stage, It’s All About Winning Here we are a year later, and Ms. Hope has indeed taken center stage at one of London’s largest venues, selling “Over the Rainbow,” the song, to the many millions who saw “Over the Rainbow,” the TV show. If this same salesmanship were to be applied to the classics, just think: “The Cherry Orchard” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” might suddenly start playing 2,000-seaters.

Pratt County Fair takes an Oz theme in 2011 Even though the Pratt County Fair is still five months away, plans are well underway for this year’s event, July 20-23. The Fair will be taking part in the year-long celebration of the Kansas sesquicentennial, and the theme for the 2011 Fair will be “There’s No Place Like the Fair.”  Community members of all ages should start planning now to take part in many of the special theme-related contests that will take place during the Fair.  Arts and crafts enthusiasts will be challenged to create an item depicting something from the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” out of any medium they choose.

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