Flaherty's American River Suite, with McDonald and Menzel, Available for Free Download

News   Flaherty's American River Suite, with McDonald and Menzel, Available for Free Download Music from the 2009 Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Celebration — including Stephen Flaherty and William Schermerhorn's American River Suite — is now available for free downloading.
Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald Photo by Michael Wilson

For a limited time, the music is available by visiting The New York Pops website. American River Suite, which was penned by Flaherty (music) and Schermerhorn (lyrics), boasts the vocals of Tony Award winners Audra McDonald and Idina Menzel as well as Sara Caswell on violin and the Choir Academy of Harlem.

Visitors to website can also download two bonus tracks: "River Medley" and "Americana Medley," both arranged by New York Pops music director-designate Steven Reineke.

"We are thrilled to share this music with the world at large," said New York Pops CEO James M. Johnson in a statement. "Since the 4th of July, we have heard from many listeners who loved the premiere of the music on the NBC telecast or the 1010 WINS simulcast. They were anxious to hear the music again, and now through the cooperation of all the artists involved, we are able to make available recordings of the brilliant new score by Stephen Flaherty and Bill Schermerhorn, as well as Steven Reineke's exciting arrangements of the 'River Medley' and 'Americana Medley.' We hope these recordings will bring new fans to The New York Pops and Steven Reineke, who begins his first season as Music Director in October."

For more information visit www.newyorkpops.org.