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February 27, 2014

Paul Simon joins HOF concert lineup

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This led to a meeting between Idelson, Harriet, Artistic Director of the Boston Pops Dennis Alves, Charles Steinberg from the Boston Red Sox and a representative from Fender, where the concept of a 75th anniversary concert was pitched.

“What they presented was right in step with the culture of Cooperstown,” said Idelson.

This resulted in Harriet being given the go ahead to put on the concert. In order to accomplish this, he has form an LLC, LGH19 Productions.

“I’m just fortunate,” said Harriet. “This is the only time there will be a 75th anniversary for the Baseball Hall of Fame.”

The concert is being organized as a fundraiser for the HOF, with all net proceeds going to the Hall. Harriet says that the concert will be divided into five or six segments, each of which will celebrate a different part of baseball. Three of the segments that Harriet said will be a part of the concert will be a segment celebrating little league baseball, a segment honoring baseball’s great players and moments and a segment honoring the military, the troops and the baseball players who served in the armed forces.

“That segment is going to be incredibly emotional,” said Harriet.

He also said that video footage will play a part in the concert.

Said Harriet, “The video footage is going to be phenomenal.”

The opening of the concert has already been recorded by noted Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully.

“He really wanted to be a part of this so badly,” said Harriet, who said that Scully may not be able to attend the concert in person because of a commitment to announce a Dodgers game.

Harriet said that an effort is going to be made to pair the musicians with the segments that best suit them.

“We want to incorporate the right artists into the right segments,” said Harriet.

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