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Lecture series starts with NY Pops founder

Posted 09/19/03, by Tamara Steinert

Skitch Henderson will lecture on 'A Man and his Music'

Skitch Henderson will give the first lecture and performance in the Dean of the Faculty Lecture Series

Legendary pianist Skitch Henderson will headline a special lecture and performance on the history of American improvisation at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in Spaulding Auditorium. Titled "A Man and His Music," the presentation is the first of the year for the Dean of the Faculty Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public. Other presentations are planned for winter and spring terms.

Joining Henderson on stage will be vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, violinist Sara Caswell, percussionist Sherrie Maride, and Nicki Parrott on bass.

Henderson, who is perhaps best known as the leader of the Tonight show band under Steve Allen and Johnny Carson, is also the founder and director of The New York Pops. He began playing piano in the 1930s, working with Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and Bob Hope, among others. After World War II, Henderson became the musical director for radio shows with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, and for all of NBC television. At the same time he began conducting symphony orchestras in the United States, Canada and Europe, and composed and arranged film and television scores.

In 1983 he founded The New York Pops with the idea of making symphonic pops music available to a broad audience. As a result of his activities, Henderson has been widely honored for his contributions to New York cultural life, recently with the Handel Medallion, which is the city's highest cultural honor.

Lecture and Performance

Skitch Henderson, New York Pops founder
Monday, Oct. 6
4 p.m.
Spaulding Auditorium

- By Tamara Steinert

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