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The Art of Cole Porter: A Video Prelude


The current reprise of "The Art of American Popular Song" on KPAC, KTXI, and online at TPR.ORG is presented as a parallel to the current exhibition at the McNay Art Museum's Brown Gallery - "Broadway: 100 Years of Musical Theatre." This "video prelude," in three parts, focuses on intersections of the radio series and the McNay exhibit. The three short videos, preludes to The Art of Cole Porter,  spotlight artwork by Joseph Urban, Don Jensen, Rouben TerArutunian, and Martin Pakledinaz, all hanging at the McNay's Brown Gallery through June 18. Also featured are video clips from one of Cole Porter's favorite singers, the irrepressible Ethel Merman, and the great crooner and dancer Fred Astaire. We also discover threads running from Fred Astaire to Gwen Verdon, and Cole Porter to Stephen Sondheim. It's all great entertainment which we hope you enjoy as a "prelude" to The Art of Cole Porter. Hear the show Sunday, May 7, at 2 PM on KPAC, KTXI, and online at tpr.org.

James first introduced himself to KPAC listeners at midnight on April 8, 1993, presenting Dvorak's 7th Symphony played by the Cleveland Orchestra. Soon after, he became the regular overnight announcer on KPAC.