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The Leroy Anderson Foundation is producing a series of short biographical videos about Leroy Anderson. They are between two and eight minutes long and may be seen without advertising on this website. The first videos are:1. Harvard University Band, 1929 - 1935 (2:38)
YouTube video link Leroy Anderson House
The Leroy Anderson House was named by the National Park Service (NPS) to the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 31, 2012. The NPS Architectural category is Modern Movement. Of four possible acceptance criteria (significant event, significant person, significant example of architectural style, or source of historical information), the house was accepted on two criteria - (B) Person of prominence (Performing Arts) and (C) Architecture (Mid-century modern). The Leroy Anderson House was designated as a Historic house museum by the Town of Woodbury, Connecticut on March 27, 2018. The Leroy Anderson House is one of a small number of composers' homes in the United States occasionally open to the public.
Imperial Brass of Westfield, New Jersey gave a superb concert on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the Leroy Anderson House. The audience and the band appreciated the deep shade and gentle breeze which added to the enjoyment of the band's fine musicianship. Watch this video of images by Marc Russsell from the concert to Serenata by Leroy Anderson recorded in 2017 by the Imperial Brass for their compact disc.
YouTube video link (with advertising): Imperial Brass
YouTube video link (with advertising): Schumann Cello Concerto
YouTube video link (with advertising): Adella Carlson
Leroy Anderson completed "The First Day of Spring" in 1954 just 7 months after moving into his new home on Grassy Hill Road in Woodbury, Connecticut. His new piano did not arrive until 1956. Susan Anthony-Klein's performance of Leroy Anderson's arrangement of "The First Day of Spring" on the composer's piano was recorded at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, Connecticut on March 9, 2021.
YouTube video link: Susan Anthony-Klein: "The First Day of Spring"
Leroy Anderson composed the "Concerto in C for Piano and orchestra" in 1953 in Woodbury, Connecticut. The family of Leroy Anderson commissioned Yulia Fedorov to make an arrangement for solo piano of the 2nd movement "Andante" from the "Concerto in C for Piano and Orchestra". Yulia Fedorov's arrangement was first performed during a recording at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, Connecticut on August 19, 2020.
A native of Ukraine, Yulia Fedorov earned a degree in Piano Performance and Music Theory at Dnipro Conservatory of Music. She next received her Master's degree in Music Education, Music Theory, Composition and Music History from Lviv Conservatory of Music. In Connecticut she earned her Master of Science in Music Education at Western Connecticut State University. Since 2002 Yulia has been teaching piano and music in Westport and Trumbull, Connecticut and performing in multiple concerts as a soloist and an accompanist. Yulia has been enjoying teaching music and inspiring her students for over twenty years. She lives with her husband and three children in Trumbull, Connecticut.
Leroy Anderson composed "Arietta" in 1962 in Woodbury, Connecticut. The main melody first materialized as a brief eight-measure sketch for viola and cello, intended for Leroy Anderson's daughter Jane on viola and himself on cello. Anderson later decided to expand the melody into a composition for string orchestra. Leroy Anderson is known for his polished orchestrations of descriptive compositions, characterized as romantic or nostalgic in theme. "Arietta" stands in contrast as an elegant, cool and somewhat abstract piece.
Joseph Darcourt performs "Arietta" as a solo cello piece in this recording
at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, Connecticut on October 12, 2020.
Recorded at the Leroy Anderson House
in Woodbury, Connecticut on October 12, 2020 (3:44).
Many thanks to Cynthia Bos, Zander Bos and Joseph Darcourt for a wonderful concert of music for Advent. The trio performed "O Come, O Come Emmanuel", "What Child is this ?", "The Wexford Carol", "The Angel Gabriel, "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (Forest Green), "Ave Maria, Charles Gounod / J. S. Bach (Joseph Darcourt, cello), "Later Folia" melody / Laudate Dominum, "Once in Royal David's City", Henry J. Gauntlett, "Il est Né, Le Divan Enfant" (Zander Bos, voce), "Un Flambeau, Jeanette Isabella", "Ave Maria" (Franz Schubert) (Zander Bos, violin), "O Holy Night" / Placide Cappeau lyrics (Zander Bos, voce). The audience joined the trio by singing "Silent Night", Franz Gruber music / Joseph Mohr lyrics.
Cynthia Bos is an accompanist, arranger and composer who plays and writes beautiful music for her own enjoyment and that of others. She plays several instruments, including the piano, flute and guitar. Cynthia specializes in liturgical church music and in composition and improvisation. She has a particular interest in improvisational collaboration with other musicians. She also seeks to encourage and develop the musical skills of others. While Cynthia often plays for church and outside events, she most enjoys sharing her music with family and friends. Cynthia and her family live in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Pianist Yulia Fedorov of Trumbull, Connecticut presented a program of classical music at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, Connecticut on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm. She presented works by Schumann, McDowell, Liszt, Grieg, Chopin, Beethoven, J.S. Bach and Leroy Anderson. This was the first public music performance at the Leroy Anderson House since the Anderson home was designated a Historic House Museum by the Town of Woodbury. The concert included the premiere of Ms. Fedorov's arrangement of the 2nd movement "Andante" of Leroy Anderson's Piano Concerto in C. A capacity audience gave Ms. Fedorov a sustained ovation after her brilliant performance.
"Her program was delightful and her performance was perfect", said Rolf Anderson, Vice President of the Leroy Anderson Foundation. "We look forward to Yulia Fedorov's next performance at the Leroy Anderson House."