FIRST-EVER AUDIO DVD BOOK BY THE BOSTON POPS FEATURES MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY ORCHESTRA AND NARRATION BY GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER JIM DALE
The Boston Pops will bring the world’s most beloved Christmas story to life this season, with a new release of Jan Brett’s New York Times #1 bestseller, The Night Before Christmas. The book’s November 1 release date marks the first time the orchestra has released an audio DVD book. The new deluxe book and DVD edition of The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Ms. Brett, features a Boston Pops recording of A Visit from St. Nicholas (“Twas the Night Before Christmas”) with narration of Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem by Grammy award-winner Jim Dale. Ms. Brett’s gorgeous artwork will pair with the music and narration (DVD) in a deluxe hardcover edition of her popular The Night Before Christmas picture book. The Boston Pops will perform The Night Before Christmas and other holiday tunes during concerts at Symphony Hall from December 7-24.
With over 37 million books in print, acclaimed children’s book artist/author Jan Brett is also a member of the BSO’s Board of Trustees and is married to Joseph Hearne, now celebrating his 50th season with the Boston Symphony as a double bassist. Mr. Hearne also serves as Ms. Brett’s business manager. Ms. Brett will generously donate all of her proceeds from sales of the new release to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The Night Before Christmas Deluxe Book and DVD Edition will be released by Penguin Young Readers Group on November 1, 2011. The hardcover picture book is 32 pages long and will cost $20 with the included DVD. The Night Before Christmas (ISBN: 978-0-399-25670-7) is intended for ages 3-6 and will be available at www.bostonpops.org, the Symphony Hall gift shop, and book stores everywhere. Penguin Young Readers Group has also developed an app version of The Night Before Christmas, which will merge Ms. Brett’s gorgeous digitally rendered with the music and narration from the Boston Pops. Designed for iPhones, iPads, and iPods, the app will be available for download on November 1 through iTunes. The recording was made at live Symphony Hall performances during the 2010 Holiday Pops season.