Cole Porter centenary

May 27, 1991|By Chicago Tribune

Although the celebrations in honor of the Cole Porter centenary are numerous, here are a few of the highlights:

Concerts: "A Gala Birthday Concert," featuring such estimable Porter performers as Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison, will be held June 9 in Carnegie Hall, New York.

Video: "You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story" (Island Visual Arts) features clips of Porter, as well as such Porter interpreters as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

"Red, Hot and Blue" is the name of a Porter musical, but this actually is a 90-minute video version of the recording released last year, featuring various pop artists performing Porter standards. Be forewarned: Most of the performances stress the artist's musical approach over Porter's.

Recordings: This summer the Indiana Historical Society will release the "Cole Porter Commemorative Recording Collection," a compilation of classic performances on several compact discs; telephone (317) 637-4574.

Stamp: In June, the United States Postal Service will issue a first-class stamp honoring Porter.

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