Another Fiedler with pops Hostess: Johanna Fiedler, daughter of the longtime Boston Pops Orchestra conductor, will narrate two Annapolis Symphony Christmas Pops concerts.

December 18, 1997|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fiedler and the Pops.

Some 20 years after Arthur Fiedler's death, that phrase still evokes one of the greatest musical collaborations: the 50-year association between the legendary conductor and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Together, they sold more records than any orchestral team in the history of recorded music while elevating the musical tastes of millions.

Saturday at Maryland Hall, it will be Fiedler and the Pops reunited as the Annapolis Symphony welcomes Johanna Fiedler, daughter of the conductor, who will be hostess and narrator for a pair of Christmas Pops concerts.

A one-hour family matinee at 3 p.m. will feature "Winter" from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," Alfven's "Swedish Rhapsody," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Buffoons" and holiday fare. Fiedler will narrate a delightful version of the ever-popular "Night Before Christmas."

Other selections, including Benjamin Britten's charming "Soirees Musicales," will be added to the program for the full-length 8 p.m. nightcap.

Conducting both performances will be Frank Collura, former music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, the California ensemble under the baton of Gisele Ben-Dor, who was conductor of the Annapolis Symphony for six years.

Pops concert narrations are nothing new for Johanna Fiedler, who has been reciting "Peter and the Wolf," "Casey at the Bat" and other poetic pleasantries nationally for two decades. "In Papa's years in Boston, no one talked," she recalls. "Now, of course, that's all changed."

Fiedler has been active in the music industry as publicity director for the National Symphony in Washington and the New York Philharmonic. She once served the Metropolitan Opera in a similar capacity and is writing a history of the James Levine era at the Met for Doubleday Publishers.

Concertizing, though, remains essential in her life.

"I love being around orchestras," she says. "I feel right at home. After all, I grew up in one."

Information: 410-269-1132.

Pub Date: 12/18/97

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