CTVA US Music Variety - "The Bell Telephone Hour" (NBC) Season 1 (Early 1959)

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Season 1 (NBC) (Early 1959)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive

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NBC

1.01 ADVENTURES IN MUSIC
No. 59-49
12Jan1959
Executive producer Dan Lounsbery
Produced by William Nichols
written by William Nichols
directed by Bill Colleran
Choreographer Todd Bolender
starring
actor Maurice Evans
singer Harry Belafonte
Opera star Renata Tebaldi
dancer Janet Reed
pianists Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale
The New York City Ballet
The Bil Baird Marionettes
Highlights:
Harry Belafonte sings "Turn Around", "Hallelujah I Love Her So", "Jump Down, Spin Around", "Take My Mother Home" and "In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'".
Renata Tebaldi performs arias from Madame Butterfly "Un bel di (One Fine Day)" and "Tun, tu piccolo iddio (You, you Beloved Little Idol)".
Maurice Evans recites verses from Ogden Nash to the music of "Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens with The Baird Marionettes enacting the verses.
Gold and Fizdale perform "Souvenirs" which was written for them by Samuel Barber.
The New York City Ballet featuring Janet Reed dance to it.

1.02 AMERICAN FESTIVAL
Prod. no. 59-192
10Feb1959
a production of Henry Jaffe Enterprises, Inc.
executive producer Dan Lounsbery
produced by William Nichols
written by William Nichols
directed by Kirk Browning
announcers, Floyd Mack
Hosted by Marilyn van Derbur
starring
Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington
Grant Johannesen, Martha Wright
Russell Nype, Risë Stevens
Melissa Hayden, Jacques d'Amboise
The New York City Ballet
Highlights:
The program starts out with Jazz and journeys to opera and ballet.
Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington in their first joint television appearance accompanied by Jim Hall, Gus Johnson and Wilfred Middlebrooks in a medley of Ellington's hits.
Risë Stevens performs Natoma (Herbert): "Beware of a hawk, my baby ... Lonely am I".
Grant Johannesen performs Gershwin's Concerto in F.

1.03 CONCERT 1959
59-301
04Mar1959
executive producer Dan Lounsbery
producer Roger Englander
directed by Kirk Browning
conductor, Donald Voorhees
musical numbers staged by John Butler
starring
Ann Blyth, Howard Keel
violinist Isaac Stern, soprano Eileen Farrell
Ximenez-Vargas Ballet Español
Joe Bushkin and Trio
Highlights:
Joe Bushkin and Trio play the music of Harold Arlen and Cole Porter.
Ann Blyth and Howard Keel sing favorite songs from famous films.
Isaac Stern performs Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Cappriccio

1.04 The Bell Telephone Hour: AN HOUR OF MUSIC
59-504
09Apr1959
written by Bill Jacobson
directed by Bill Colleran
produced by Roger Englander
executive producer Dan Lounsbery
Donald Voorhees conducts
Announcer Floyd Mack
Choreography Jack Regas
starring
singer Rosemary Clooney, actor José Ferrer
violionist-singer Gisele MacKenzie, pianist Jose Iturbi
prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, ballet dancer André Eglevsky,
basso Giorgio Tozzi and tenor Nicolai Gedda.
Highlights:
Rosemary Clooney & Jose Ferrer sing selections from the movie "Gigi": "The Night They Invented Champagne", "Say A Prayer For Me Tonight", "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore", "Thank Heaven For Little Girls", "Gigi", "The Parisians", and "I Remember It Well".
Gisele MacKenzie offers "Songs From My Storybook": "I Got The Sun In The Morning", "When You Wish Upon A Star", "Inchworm", "Alouette", "Faraway Places" and "Zip-a-Dee Doo-Dah".
Maria Tallchief & Andre Eglevsky dance a pas de deux to Mendelssohn's "Scotch Symphony".
Jose Iturbi plays on the harpsichord, the Musette en Rondeau and Tambourin from Rameau's Suite No. 2 in E Minor. At the piano, he does Chopin's Waltz in E Minor and Liszt's "Hungarian Fantasy".
Nicolai Gedda & Giorgio Tozzi sing "I've a Plan" from "The Bartered Bride" by Smetana.

 
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