Two Tributes to Skitch Henderson Planned

Classic Arts News   Two Tributes to Skitch Henderson Planned
Musicians, friends, elected officials, and other luminaries will pay tribute to Skitch Henderson, the late music director of the New York Pops, at a concert in New Milford, Connecticut, on January 17.

Scheduled to perform at the concert are vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, violinist Sara Caswell, clarinetist Anat Cohen, pianist Ray Kennedy, percussionist Sherrie Maricle, saxophonist Tommy Newsom, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and bassist Noriko Ueda, as well as the New Milford High School Concert Band.

Speakers will include Connecticut governor M. Jodi Rell, congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson, and actress Mia Farrow.

The concert, which takes place at New Milford High School starting at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. Call 860-354-2926 to reserve tickets.

Henderson, a former saloon pianist and television bandleader, founded the New York Pops in 1983. He lived in New Milford for the last three decades of his life, and he and his wife Ruth ran a store, art gallery, and cooking school there. He died on November 1, 2005.

According to the Pops, another tribute to Henderson is scheduled at Carnegie Hall on February 6 at 4 p.m. Details have not yet been announced.

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