Leroy Anderson Christmas
2008 is the Centenary year of Leroy Anderson, the composer of light orchestral Christmas music such as Sleigh Ride and A Christmas Festival. This one hour program contained 80% music of classic Christmas arrangements and original music by Leroy Anderson. It was hosted by conductor Leonard Slatkin and the composer's son Kurt Anderson, and featured recorded performances of Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Music with Leonard Slatkin conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Leroy Anderson conducting his “Pops” Concert Orchestra. Listeners also heard Leroy Anderson talking about how he wrote some of his famous Christmas music and what Christmas means to him. This Leroy Anderson Tribute was co-hosted and produced by the composer's son Kurt Anderson, who is also General Manager of public radio station WMNR Fine Arts Radio in Monroe, CT. He has produced a number of radio programs about his father including an NPR special concert in 1999. He also created the PBS website on Leroy Anderson and produced the DVD release of the PBS documentary, Once Upon a Sleigh Ride.