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Tom Seaver Interview on Baseball and Classical Music

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 67 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: C Amirkhanian

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This gem from the archives features a 1982 interview with baseball all-star pitcher Tom Seaver, who in addition to being an old Fresno, public school, classmate of host Charles Amirkhanian is also a fan of classical music and had just released an album with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra featuring Sergey Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” for which Seaver served as the narrator. Amirkhanian first interviews the three-time Cy Young award winner about their days growing up in Fresno, Seaver’s illustrious career , as well as delving into the dearth of knuckle-ball pitching in major league baseball. This thoroughly entertaining interview, recorded at Candlestick Park of September 15, 1982, is followed by Seaver’s recording of the Prokofiev classic composition, as well as his Cincinnati Reds compatriot, catcher Johnny Bench’s narration of “Casey at the Bat,” both accompanied by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, with Erich Kunzel conducting. This is a must hear program for baseball and classical music fans alike.

Musical Selections:  Take Me Out to the Ball Game, for two pianos and drums (1908) (2:20) / Albert Von Tilzer and Jack Norworth " Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67, for narrator and orchestra (1936) (26:25) / Sergey Prokofiev " Star-Spangled Banner, for orchestra [excerpt] (1:20) / John Stafford Smith " Casey at the Bat, for narrator and orchestra [text by Ernest Lawrence Thayer] (11:16) / Frank Proto
Performers:  André Previn, piano (Take)
Russ Freeman, piano (Take)
Shelly Manne, drums (Take)
Tom Seaver, narrator (Peter)
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Peter ; Star ; Casey)
Erich Kunzel, conductor (Peter ; Star ; Casey)
Johnny Bench, narrator (Casey)
Frank Proto, piano (Casey)
Marie Speziale, trumpet (Casey)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Jazz
Subject:  20th century classical; Jazz; Baseball; Baseball -- Songs and music; Monologues with music (Orchestra); Orchestral music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Von Tilzer, Albert; Norworth, Jack, 1879-1959 ; Prokofiev, Sergey, 1891-1953; Smith, John Stafford, 1750-1836 ; Proto, Frank ; Thayer, Ernest Lawrence, 1863-1940; Previn, André, 1929- ; Freeman, Russ ; Manne, Shelly; Seaver, Tom, 1944-; Kunzel, Erich ; Bench, Johnny, 1947-; Speziale, Marie
Recording Date:  9/16/1982
First Broadcast Date:  9/15/1982
 
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