Leroy Anderson Foundation News

Jelani Eddington performs music of Leroy Anderson

August 18, 2018

The American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) announces a concert of music by Leroy Anderson to be presented by organist Jelani Eddington on the large Wurlitzer organ at The Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington, Illinois.  The concert, titled "110 YEARS OF LEROY ANDERSON", features Mr. Eddington on the estate Wurlitzer organ.  The concert will take place on August 18, 2018 as part of the Sanfillipo Estates 2018 Summer Concert Series.  Mr. Eddington recorded the music of Leroy Anderson in February 2006.  The two-volume commemorative recording "A Leroy Anderson Centennial Celebration" features the large Wurlitzer organ at The Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington, Illinois.

For more information: http://www.sanfilippofoundation.org/concert-series-2018.html
and: http://www.rjeproductions.com/?p=31

 

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Eleanor Anderson Memorial Garden

June 16, 2018

The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club of Woodbury, Connecticut will dedicate the perennial garden at the Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand to the memory of Eleanor Anderson on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 2 pm.  Eleanor Anderson was a member of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club for over 40 years and was responsible for creating and maintaining the Botany Trail at the Flanders Nature Center in Woodbury.  Eleanor Anderson lived in Woodbury from 1949 until her death in 2014.  She raised four children, was active in several organizations including the Woodbury League of Women Voters, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, L'Alliance Francaise, and the Cub Scouts.  She was the wife of composer Leroy Anderson.  The public is invited to attend the dedication on Saturday, June 16 at 2 pm on Woodbury's historic North Green at 11 Main Street South.  Present will be members of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club, members of the Anderson family, representatives of the Town of Woodbury and of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.  There will be a short concert of music by Leroy Anderson.  The event is free and open to the public.  Reservations are not necessary.  Parking will be along "Green Circle", the gently curving town road along the East side of the North Green.  Refreshments will be provided by the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club.  Bring a lawn chair if you like.

 

Anderson Family thanks Pomperaug Valley Garden Club

The family of Eleanor Anderson would like to thank the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club for dedicating the perennial garden at the Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand to the memory of Eleanor Anderson.  The ceremony on Saturday, June 16, 2018 was attended by approximately 30 people on a warm and sunny day.

The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club has worked hard to make the gardens on many of Woodbury's town greens and parks some of the most beautiful in Connecticut.  The garden club was awarded the "HISTORIC, MEMORIAL, AND PUBLIC GARDENS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE" by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. in 2016 for a "...significant installation at the Leroy Anderson Bandstand in Woodbury" on Woodbury's historic North Green.  It is this garden that was dedicated to Eleanor Anderson.

As a member of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club for over 40 years, Eleanor Anderson was devoted to the Botany Wildflower Trail at the Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust.  Her son Kurt Anderson of Roxbury thanked the garden club for the honor of the garden dedication and spoke of his mother's other volunteer work in Woodbury.  Lili Wadsworth, formerly of Woodbury, and Eleanor Anderson's dearest friend attended the dedication along with many other friends and neighbors.

Thanks also go to Selectman Bill Butterly for arranging to have the bandstand receive a fresh coat of paint in time for the dedication.

Please join the Anderson family in supporting the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club and their work "to promote an interest in gardens, horticulture, floral and landscape design, to cooperate in the protection of wild flowers, trees and birds and to encourage public plantings, beautification and conservation."  Send a donation and/or become a member of the garden club by visiting their website at: www.pomperaugvalleygc.org.

 

Jeffrey Biegel Gives Anderson Piano Concerto Its Premiere In Poland

The American pianist Jeffrey Biegel and the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland performed Leroy Anderson's Piano 'Concerto in C' on June 1, 2018 in a concert titled "American Dream".  One of Anderson's few long-form works, the piano concerto was presented along with works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin.

At the podium was guest conductor Roger Kalia.  Roger is the Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, next to their Music Director, Carl St. Clair. Jeffrey Biegel recorded the Anderson piano concerto nearly a decade ago with the BBC Concert Orchestra.  It is a very special honor and privilege to bring this beautiful composition to Poland for the first time, said Jeffrey.

Leroy Anderson completed his Piano Concerto in C in 1953.  The work received its premiere on July 18 of that year in Chicago by the Grant Park Symphony with Anderson as conductor and Eugene List as the soloist.  Anderson conducted another performance of the concerto in Cleveland in 1954.  After mixed reviews he withdrew the composition with intentions to revise it.  He later remarked that he thought the composition had great merit but that it could be slightly improved.  Although he never got around to making the intended changes, the Anderson family released the work posthumously (unrevised) in 1988.

Since the publication of the concerto, Jeffrey Biegel has, of all of the soloists who have performed Anderson's piano concerto, performed the work more than any other pianist.  Accordingly he has earned the admiration and appreciation of the Anderson Family.

In the words of the composer's son, Rolf Anderson, "Congratulations Jeffrey on your successful concert in Poland performing the Leroy Anderson Piano Concerto. The Anderson Family is proud and very grateful for your excellent work in presenting Leroy Anderson's music around the world and with great response from audiences everywhere. Bravo !"

Jeffrey Biegel

Considered the most prolific artist of his generation, Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Mr. Biegel, for his achievements in performance, recordings, chamber music, champion of new music, composer, arranger and educator.  Mr. Biegel recently performed the World Premiere of Giovanni Allevi's 'Concerto for Piano and Orchestra' with Orchestra Kentucky and in Milan's Teatro dal Vermes, recording released in 2017 with Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana.  In August 2018, Naxos releases Kenneth Fuchs's "Concerto: Spiritualist" featuring Mr. Biegel with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and, Grammy award composer, Dick Tunney unveils the new "Peanuts Concerto" for piano and orchestra based on music by Vince Guaraldi.  In November, 2018, Christopher Theofanidis's "Concerto for Piano, Strings, Harp and Percussion" will receive its premiere with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Malina conducting.  Equally championing pop music icons, Mr. Biegel has brought Jimmy Webb's 'Nocturne for Piano and Orchestra' to the public with Orchestra Kentucky, and PDQ Bach's 'Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra' by Peter Schickele with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

A leading pioneer of concerto projects joining multiple orchestras as a model for commissioning new music in the 21st century, Mr. Biegel created the first largest consortium of orchestras in 1998 for Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Millennium Fantasy' premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2000, followed in 2002 with Tony Award winning composer Charles Strouse's 'Concerto America' with the Boston Pops, Lowell Liebermann's 'Concerto no. 3, Opus 95', premiered with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2006), William Bolcom's 'Prometheus' for piano, orchestra and chorus, with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Chorale (2010), Richard Danielpour's 'Mirrors' with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra (2010), Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Shadows' (2011) with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Jake Runestad's 'Dreams of the Fallen' (2013) with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, Lucas Richman's 'Piano Concerto: In Truth' (2013) with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, recorded in 2014 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the Albany label, and Kenneth Fuchs's "Piano Concerto: 'Spiritualist'" with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA) in 2016.  An avid composer, Mr. Biegel's choral music is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Carl Fischer, Porfiri & Horvath and The LeDor Group. Leonard Bernstein said of pianist Jeffrey Biegel: "He played fantastic Liszt. He is a splendid musician and a brilliant performer."  These comments launched Mr. Biegel's 1986 New York recital debut, as the third recipient of the Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Award in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.  He studied at The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus, herself a pupil of Josef Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel, and is currently on faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, a City University of New York (CUNY).

 

Connecticut Open House Day

June 9, 2018

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The Connecticut Open House Day saw 34 people visiting the Leroy Anderson House on Saturday, June 9, 2018 to learn about Leroy Anderson, his music, and to see where he and his wife Eleanor and their children lived.  With Mr. Anderson's music playing in the background, visitors enjoyed touring the house and grounds and learning about Mr. Anderson's life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his Military Intelligence service in World War II, and his life in Woodbury from 1946 on.  We look forward to opening the house to visitors again starting in late August and continuing through the autumn of 2018.

 

 

 

 

Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra

June 21, 2018

The Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra will present a concert titled "From Bach to Blue Tango" at the Southbury Public Library on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the library's Kingsley Room.  Based in Woodstock in Connecticut's "Quiet Corner", the Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra was founded in 2012 by music teacher Yaroslav Tereshchenko, then of Mansfield, CT.  Since then, the string orchestra has played one spring and one winter concert each year, performing music written by composers ranging from Vivaldi and Mozart to Scott Joplin and the Beatles.  After the 2016 Christmas concert, Tereshchenko joined the Omaha (Nebraska) Conservatory faculty.  Dylan Lomangino of Mansfield, CT became the orchestra's conductor and music director.  Along with playing viola and teaching music in Connecticut schools, he now considers conducting to be his calling.  Comprised of 20 musicians performing on violin, viola, cello and double bass, the Windham County-based ensemble will bring approximately 10 members to the Southbury performance.

The Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  The concert in Southbury will be their first performance in Western Connecticut.  This concert is made possible by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library and the Leroy Anderson Foundation.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency.  Registration is required.  Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register or visit the Reference Desk.

Contact: Shirley Thorson, Head Librarian
Southbury Public library
100 Poverty Rd.
Southbury, CT 06488
203-262-0626 ext. 140 www.southburylibrary.org

 

The Foundation seeks to create partnerships with others to further the foundation's goal of honoring Leroy Anderson and supporting music and music education.

The foundation supports music performance and music education through charitable support of:


 

Music Performances and Music Education

The Leroy Anderson Foundation is pleased to support music performances and music education in 2018 of the Woodbury Senior Community Center in Woodbury, Connecticut; the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, Connecticut; the Naugatuck Community Choir in Naugatuck, Connecticut; the Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra in Woodstock, Connecticut; the Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra in West Hartford, Connecticut; and the Southbury Public Library in Southbury, Connecticut.  Please contact the respective organization for dates of upcoming performances.

 

Special projects


Exhibits about the life and music of composer
Leroy Anderson

Exhibits about Leroy Anderson have been created and presented in various places, including: the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Yale University Music Library in New Haven, Connecticut; Kristianstad City Library in Kristianstad, Sweden; Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut, Whittemore Memorial Library in Naugatuck, Connecticut and in Woodbury, Connecticut where the composer lived for many years. Please contact the Leroy Anderson Foundation if would like to host an exhibit about Leroy Anderson as part of your performance of his music.


 


Past Exhibits

Mattatuck Museum

A Wonderland of Snow: The Life and Music of Leroy Anderson
November 19, 2015 - February 7, 2016

The Leroy Anderson Foundation is pleased to partner with the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut in presenting an exhibit featuring Leroy Anderson. With materials borrowed from the Leroy Anderson Foundation, the Mattatuck Museum is honoring the life and music of Leroy Anderson who made his home in nearby Woodbury, Connecticut.

The museum describes the exhibit with these words: "Leroy Anderson was a composer of orchestral songs without words that have permeated the American culture. Using music, photographs, archives and other memorabilia, this exhibition explores the career of the man whose music has become a part of our everyday life."

The Mattatuck Museum is located at 144 West Main Street in downtown Waterbury, Connecticut on the north side of the Waterbury Green. The Mattatuck Museum is closed on Mondays. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sundays: 12 noon - 5:00 p.m. Please note that the galleries are cleared 15 minutes before closing. The museum will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year Day.

Admission: Museum Members: Free, Adults: $7, Seniors (65+) and Students with valid College I.D: $6, Children under 16: Free.

 

Leroy Anderson Exhibit

The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library presented an exhibit from December 1 to December 29, 2012 about the life and music of Leroy Anderson in cooperation with The Leroy Anderson Foundation. The exhibit was titled "A Sleigh Ride Together With You".

A reception for the exhibit took place Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2 pm at the Whittemore Library. Rolf Anderson and Kurt Anderson, two sons of the composer, presented the PBS documentary film "Once Upon A Sleigh Ride" about their father. This film was produced and directed by Peter Rosen. Following refreshments, William Braun presented a program of music for solo piano. Mr. Braun presented works by Leroy Anderson, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Virgil Thompson and Ned Rorem.

The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is located at 243 Church Street, Naugatuck, Connecticut. The library is adjacent to the town hall and across from the town green. Parking is on the street. The library is open on Monday 12 - 6, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 - 8, Thursday 10 - 6, Friday 10 - 4, and Saturday 10 - 2. For other information call: 203.729.4591. www.whittemorelibrary.org/.

 

 


The Woodbury Public Library in Woodbury, Connecticut presented an exhibit about the life and music of Leroy Anderson in 2012. The exhibit was titled "A Sleigh Ride Together With You".

A reception for the exhibit took place Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 2 pm at the Woodbury Library. Rolf Anderson, a son of the composer, presented a short video and spoke about his father.

Both the exhibit and the reception were open to the public free of charge. The exhibit was on display for the months of January and February 2012.

 

 


     Leroy Anderson House

National Register of Historic Places

Leroy Anderson House

Composer's Home Named to NRHP

The National Park Service named The Leroy Anderson House to the National Register of Historic Places on December 31, 2012.  The house contains an exhibit about Leroy Anderson and is occasionally open to the public. For information about visiting the Leroy Anderson House, see the Woodbury page on this website.

Leroy Anderson Bandstand

The Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand on Woodbury's historic North Green was built by the Woodbury Lions Club in 1986.  The West Point Military Academy Band gave a concert on the North Green in 1986 as part of the dedication ceremony to honor Leroy Anderson.  The West Point Military Academy Band performed several compositions written by Leroy Anderson as well as traditional patriotic music.  The concert was attended by several hundred residents.  Leroy Anderson was a Captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in Iceland in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps and as Chief of the Scandinavian Desk of Military Intelligence at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

The Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand is within Woodbury's Historic District #1 which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand on Woodbury's North Green is maintained by the Town of Woodbury which owns the Woodbury North Green.  The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club maintains a beautiful garden of perennial and annual flowering pants at the Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand.  The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut gave the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club an award in 2015 for the flower garden at the bandstand.  The Leroy Anderson family is pleased to provide financial support to the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club for their good work in maintaining flower gardens at all of Woodbury's Town Greens.



For Music Directors

Performances of the music of composer Leroy Anderson

The Leroy Anderson Foundation is writing a history about the composer Leroy Anderson. The book will include a chapter describing the popularity of Leroy Anderson's music in Europe. We would like to include information about performances of his music with a special focus on the centennial year 2008. Please help by sending information about your performances of Leroy Anderson's music. We appreciate receiving text in the original language. Physical copies of concert programs are of special interest for the archives. We appreciate, however, receiving a digital file via e-mail.

If we receive information about future concerts well in advance, we can help to publicize the concert through the newsletter page of the official website for the composer: leroyanderson.com. Musicians as well as listeners may send comments about Leroy Anderson's music in their native language to the Guestbook page of the composer's official website: leroyanderson.com. Your comments will help us to present a European perspective about Leroy Anderson's music.

 

Charles River Esplanade Hatch Shell

The "Hatch Shell" on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Massachusetts was where the Boston Pops gave free summer concerts and where the annual July 4th concert is presented. Many important musicians have been honored by having their names placed on the "Hatch Shell." The Massachusetts Dept of Conservation and Recreation has recently announced that Leroy Anderson is one of 10 composers whose names will be added to the "Hatch Shell". The Leroy Anderson Foundation is working with several partners in Boston to make this happen. You can help get Leroy Anderson’s name on the "Hatch Shell" on the Charles River Esplanade by making a contribution to the Leroy Anderson Foundation. Thank you.

 

This page was last updated June 11, 2018.