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My View: How Many Versions Of The Star Spangled Banner Have You Heard – Not Like This One!

My View: How Many Versions Of The Star Spangled Banner Have You Heard – Not Like This One!

The New York Pop’s Concert for Courage opened with Maestro Reineke conducting the orchestra , Soldiers’ Chorus of The US Army Field Band, and also the audience, in a thrilling orchestration of The Star Spangled Banner.  You’ve never heard it at Ball Games of other events like the version that emanated from Carnegie Hall last night.  It was the start of an inspired evening constructed by music director/conductor Reineke to celebrate our country and it’s Veterans.  The sounds of the evening and Len Cariou’s reciting of the Gettysburg Address in front of the Pops will long ring in the ears of all who were there in the hall.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the Stern Auditorium as 3 war letters were read while the orchestra played Aaron Copland’s Letter from Home and when Len Cariou sang “I’ll Be Seeing You” arranged by Steven Reineke.

(For another article by Stephen & photos of this event go to Broadwayworld.com)

The Soldiers' Chorus of The US Army Field Band

The Soldiers’ Chorus of The US Army Field Band

Len Cariou & SSG Heidi Ackerman

Len Cariou & SSG Heidi Ackerman

Eric Gabbard, June Freemazon, Steven Reineke, Eda Sorokoff

Eric Gabbard, June Freemanzon, Steven Reineke, Eda Sorokoff

Jamie deRoy, Colonel Jim Keene, Eda Sorokoff

Jamie deRoy, Colonel Jim Keene, Eda Sorokoff

Steven Reineke & Lee Roy Reams

Steven Reineke & Lee Roy Reams

The New York Pops After Party

The New York Pops After Party

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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