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Classical Notes: April 18, 2007 Archive

Two Degrees of Lenny

Posted at 6:06 AM on April 18, 2007 by John Birge
Filed under: The blog

While the rest of the gang plays "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," let's entertain ourselves slightly differently.

Here's a fine, fond remembrance from David Raksin of the great film composer Miklos Rozsa, whose 100th birthday is today. He’s not only a great movie composer (Ben Hur, Spellbound), but he wrote a number of concert works for the likes of Heifetz and Piatagorsky. Rózsa's Theme, Variations and Finale for orchestra was on the program when Leonard Bernstein made his conducting debut.

In other birthdays, 20 candles tomorrow for a tennis virtuoso who also has a connection to Leonard Bernstein. And she is pretty – just watch!

A Sioux Falls Symphony

Posted at 2:38 PM on April 18, 2007 by Rex Levang (91 Comments)

A new symphony will debut in Sioux Falls tomorrow. It's by Greg Sandow, who may be better known as a critic and creator of one of the go-to classical music blogs.

This symphony also has an online existence; if you want a preview, Sandow has posted audio files and the score of the piece, and blogs about it as well (including enthusiastic praise for conductor Delta David Gier and the Dakota Chamber Orchestra).

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