Tuesday, 18 May 2010 22:56
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The Kennedy dynasty is one of the best known in American poltical history.

Now the Kennedy family gets a loving musical tribute by the Boston Pops titled "The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers."

The piece, commissioned to pay tribute to the Kennedy legacy, featured some big names. The piece was modeled on Aaron Copeland's Lincoln Portrait.

The piece features all of the words, part of the immortal legacy of the Kennedy family, whose influence in American political history is hard to measure.

Brothers John, Robert and Ted Kennedy are

 

 remembered by the Pops and the four actors who have signed on to the project. Each touched in some way.

Robert De Niro, Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman join the Boston Pops for the multi-media work premiering in Boston which premiered Tuesday, May 18.

The concert at Symphony Hall also featured performances by Brian Stokes Mitchell, Cherry Jones, Renese King and Arlo Guthrie.

Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops commissioned The Dream Lives On, which features music by Peter Boyer ("Up," "Ellis Island") and lyrics by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once On This Island).

"The Dream Lives On" will be recorded live for future release. Boston's WCVB-TV5 will also capture the evenings for future broadcast as part of "An American Salute: The Pops at 125" May 31st at 7:30 PM.

From MSNBC.com:

In the 1960s, Cherry Jones was a wide eyed child in Tennessee. Cherry Jones/Actress: "There were two things I knew and loved about Boston Massachusetts. The Kennedys and the Boston Pops.

Morgan Freeman/Actor: "I danced with Ethel!"

Ed Harris was 12 when JFK was assassinated. His family joined thousands in the freezing cold of Washington, DC.

Ed Harris/Actor: "We stayed in line all night and they closed the doors, I remember standing on Pennsylvania Avenue and watching the caisson go by and payed my respects, anyway, great to be here.

Robert De Niro, who campaigned aggressively with Ted Kennedy for now President Obama could not get the words out.

Robert De Niro/Actor: "And so there is a long history…..I get emotional. I think that says it. It is hard for me to say anything else."