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   Fred Rogers Being Honored for Music Work

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3/24/2004 12:00 am

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Entered 3/24/2004, Updated 3/24/2004

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Fred Rogers Being Honored for Music Work The Honolulu Advertiser In Fred Rogers' neighborhood, the show always began and ended with a smile and a song. All were written by Rogers, the gentle, cardigan-clad entertainer who studied music composition, listened to Beethoven and married a concert pianist. Music was as much a part of Rogers' work as was his magical trolley that took children to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe on his long-running PBS series "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." That's why it's fitting, friends say, that Rogers is being honored this weekend by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a performance titled "The Music of Fred Rogers." He died Feb. 27, 2003, at 74 after battling stomach cancer. Hosted by game show host Pat Sajak and news personality Paula Zahn, the show will feature actor John Lithgow and producer Tommy Tune performing in front of 18-foot high paintings of the television series' characters: Queen Sara, King Friday XIII, Daniel Striped Tiger, X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat. Musicians and singers who showed an interest in Rogers' life and music were included in the show. But perhaps the most fitting performers will be the 35 children from the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh, who will sing two songs. The concert will mark the first time a full orchestra plays Rogers' music.


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