May 17th, 2010
04:56 PM ET
13 years ago

Legacy of Kennedy brothers to be set to music in new work

(CNN) – The Boston Pops Orchestra announced Monday that it will soon have the world premiere of a new multimedia work about the legacy of John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy.

The new work, "The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers," will have its world premiere Tuesday and Wednesday, the Boston Pops said in a statement.

"[T]his new multi-media work combines quotes from speeches by the Kennedy brothers with original text and video, accompanied by a dramatic orchestral and choral score," the Pops said.

This week's performances will feature actors Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris and Cherry Jones as guest narrators; the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will also take part in the world premieres.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, a longtime Democratic lawmaker from Massachusetts, died last year after a battle with cancer. In an upset victory in a special election earlier this year, Kennedy's seat was won by Republican Scott Brown. In the final days of his campaign, Brown coined the phrase "It's not the Kennedys' seat, and it's not the Democrats' seat, it's the people's seat" – a phrase that came to exemplify both the end of the Kennedy family's long legacy in the Senate and the growing tide of popular anger against Washington.

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