A centenary celebration of the colorful life of the maverick and seminal American composer of film scores, orchestral and chamber music, ballets, opera, Broadway musicals and American songs.

Hosted by Michael Feinstein

WFMT Radio Network based in Chicago has completed a 2-hour radio documentary, JEROME MOROSS: The Big Country and Beyond. WFMT initiated the project in honor of the Moross Centennial.  Produced by British radio documentarian Jon Tolansky and narrated by Grammy award-winning artist and champion of American music, Michael Feinstein, the program features some of Moross’s most memorable music with interviews and commentary from many whose lives and careers were touched by the composer, including the legendary Kaye Ballard, conductor JoAnn Falletta, British singer Claire Martin, and many more.
The program will be released this fall and will be syndicated internationally through WFMT.

Don’t miss this  two hour centennial documentary on the life, career and music of the quintessentially American composer who not only composed the scores for legendary films such as The Big Country and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and famous musicals like The Golden Apple and Gentlemen Be Seated, but also wrote innovative ballets, chamber and orchestral music, and a highly original opera.

Exclusively recorded commentary from:
The Composer: Jerome Moross
Actress and Singer: Kaye Ballard
Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
Singer: Claire Martin
Composer and Film Historian: Rodney Newton
Creator and Director of the Lost Musicals project: Ian Marshall Fisher
Producer: James Fitzpatrick
Author: Jon Burlingame
Author: Howard Pollack
Dance Historian: Jack Anderson
Orchestrator and Arranger: Larry Moore
Writer and Executive Director of the Society for American Music: Mariana Whitmer
Daughter of Jerome Moross: Susanna Tarjan Moross
Grandson of Jerome Moross: Josh Tarjan
Grandson of Jerome Moross: Aaron Tarjan

Compositions by Jerome Moross include:
Ballet Ballads: : Willie the Weeper and The Eccentricities of Davy Crockett
The Big Country
Flute Concerto
Frankie and Johnny
The Golden Apple
The Last Judgement
Sonata for Piano Duo and String Quartet
Sorry, Wrong Number
Symphony No 1
Tall Story, for Orchestra
Those Everlasting Blues
War Lord

Host: Michael Feinstein
Executive Producer: Steve Robinson
Program Producer: Jon Tolansky

Jerome Moross – The Big Country and Beyond has been generously underwritten by the Jerome Moross Foundation.

For more information and details on the broadcast, contact WFMT director of Network Marketing and Syndication, Tony Macaluso.  [E-mail:]

About Jon Tolansky, Producer

Formerly a musician at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Jon Tolansky specialises in making documentary features on composers and performers for international radio organisations and recording companies.
Prominent among these institutions are the Chicago-based WFMT Radio Network, the BBC, WQXR New York, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio International, EMI Classics, the Decca Music Group, and VAI Records.

As an independent producer he has pioneered the first sets of CD series featuring documentary profiles, in which he has personally recorded artists such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Mirella Freni, Angela Gheorghiu, Carlo Maria Giulini, Marilyn Horne, Yevgeni Kissin, Luciano Pavarotti, Ruggero Raimondi, Mstislav Rostropovich,

Giuseppe di Stefano, Dame Joan Sutherland and Jon Vickers discussing their lives, careers and musical repertoire.

Jon Tolansky has contributed articles on music and performers to the Oxford Companion to Music, Cambridge Guide to the Orchestra, Opera House (the magazine of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), On Air (the magazine of the BBC World Service), Avenue Magazine (U.S.), Andante Magazine, Bambill (Brooklyn Academy of Music publication), Living Music (the magazine of the London Symphony Orchestra), The Lady, The Gramophone, Opera Magazine, Limelight (the magazine of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Swiss Style Magazine, and Classical Record Collector. In 2006 he co-wrote the autobiography of the baritone Peter Glossop with the artist.

Jon is in frequent demand as a lecturer and speaker. He has given presentations about performers to international performance organisations, music colleges and universities. They include the Edinburgh International Festival, Les Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lincoln Center Festival, the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, and Stanford University. Additionally he sometimes hosts public interviews with artists preceding their appearances at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. He initiated and chaired the 'Profile of the Artist' events organised by the Music Performance Research Centre (which he co-founded – it is now called Music Preserved) at the Barbican Centre, a series of live public interviews with some of the most highly sought after performers of our time. He also initiated and hosted an historical series of interviews with some dozens of major international performers for the Royal Opera Archives (now called the Royal Opera House Collections) to celebrate the Verdi Centenary in 2001.

Jon was born in London where he currently resides.


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