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Live Reviews

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops: Philadelphia, December 31, 2010

By Published: January 22, 2011
The Pops thus ushered in the New Year with an ongoing repertoire that both evoked appreciation in its audiences and honored excellence in music-making and stylistic diversity. Nero's incomparable piano mastery served to highlight the virtuosity and adaptability that so many of his orchestra members exemplify. The only concern, a recurrent one for the Pops, was that not enough of the younger generation was present to enjoy what Bernstein called "America's Classical Music," namely jazz and its cousins—film and show music. This is not the fault of youth. As DJ Bob Perkins has pointed out, the generations that made jazz the pop music of the time dropped the ball when it came to sharing their love of this music with their children. If there is a lesson to be learned from the Pops' first ever New Year's Eve concert, it is that America does not sufficiently pass on its valuable traditions and ideals to future generations. Perhaps it should go on our collective lists of New Year's resolutions to rectify that situation.


Photo Credit

Victor L. Schermer


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