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Cross Country Suite CD Issued

The Riddle Family is extremely pleased to announce the re-mastering and reissue of this Nelson Riddle composition, “Cross Country Suite”, on CD. It has been 50 years since he won the Grammy for this series of 11 pieces describing some of the most exceptional regions of our country. Originally released on Dot Records in 1958, it has not been available since then.

This limited-edition issue is available through amazon.com and cdbaby.com.

Nelson Riddle Orchestra dates in the U.K:
Unfortunately, many of these scheduled Nelson Riddle Orchestra dates have been canceled by the UK promoter. Christopher and the rest of the Riddle family a very disappointed by this decision in which we had no say. We look forward to returning to our fans in the United Kingdom in the near future. Please check with the venue you have booked to confirm.
Date: Venue:
Sun 21
Wed 24
Sat 27
Harrogate International Centre
Eastbourne, The Congress Theatre
Date: Venue:
Wed 14
Thur 15
Fri 16
Sat 17
Tues 20
Thurs 22
Sat 24
Tue 27
Cardiff, St. David’s Hall
DeMontfort Hall Leicester
The Hexagon, Reading
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Darlington, Civic Theatre
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Playhouse, Edinburgh
Date: Venue:
Wed 11
Thur 12
Fri 13
Mon 16
Thur 19
Fri 20
Swansea, Grand Theatre
Truro, Hall for Cornwall
Torquay, Princess Theatre
Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
Assembly Halls, Derby
The Anvil, Basingstoke
Cross Country Suite, composed by Nelson Riddle, was performed by the Chicago Jazz Orchestra on October 7, 2007 at Northwestern University in Chicago.The guest soloist was Buddy DeFranco, who was the original solist on the album that won a Grammy in 1958. It was a privilege to be present at this momentous occasion. The following article from the Chicago Tribune describes this wonderful event.

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This summer�s Riddle Tribute concert, �Solving the Riddle� played to another sold out audience at the National Concert Hall. David O�Rourke co-directed with Christopher. As you can read in the copy of the program that follows this note, the combination of works chosen by David and Christopher comprised a most interesting variety of Dad�s work including some of his compositions as well as his arrangements.
�Butchart Gardens� from the British Columbia Suite along with �Down East� and Smokey Mountain Country (an encore) from Cross Country Suite (both Nelson Riddle compositions) were well received. A most unique addition chosen by David was Dad�s arrangement of some Delius Preludes, a series of piano pieces orchestrally interpreted by Nelson Riddle.

The RTE is again very interested in having us back this next year. The Irish people were again so warm and welcoming.

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The November 13th Gala at the Rose Theatre was a fabulous collaboration. Details are described in this wonderful article written by Will Friedwald for the New York Sun.

Article Page 1 - Article Page 2

The selection you hear when you enter the website is a favorite of mine. �When Day is Done� is a wonderfully energetic and inventive arrangement. It is taken from a currently available Keely Smith album arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, �I Wish You Love�. As I just saw Keely at the Carlyle in New York and was still blown away by her voice, her energy and her rapport with the audience, I want to share with visitors to our website how wonderful it is to still be able to hear this wonderful artist still passionate about her music. She spoke of her work with Dad at Capitol and commented on his ability to work with her so capably.
I recommend this album to all fans.
- Rosemary Riddle Acerra
DUBLIN REVISITED � August 10, 2007

I am happy to report that David O�Rourke and Christopher Riddle along with vocalist Allan Harris will be at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on August 10, 2007. The program will consist of a combination of last year�s fare as well as some new surprises planned by David and Christopher especially for this event. David and Christopher will be directing the amazing RTE Concert Orchestra and Big Band.


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