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Classical Notes: June 26, 2007 Archive

Krulwich at the Oper(etta), encore

Posted at 12:55 PM on June 26, 2007 by John Birge
Filed under: The blog

If your memory is long enough, you might recall NPR economics reporter Robert Krulwich producing a piece which explained interest rates in the form of an Italian opera spoof, Rato Interresso.

Today on Morning Edition, Krulwich returned to form with a story from his current spot at the NPR science desk, in which he plumbs the possibilities of lobster geriatrics, by way of Gilbert & Sullivan.

BTW: anyone know if Rato Interresso is online somewhere? I have a tape copyburied in a box somewhere, but I couldn't find it online via npr.org or Google...

Orchestral adventure in Minneapolis and Sioux Falls

Posted at 2:59 PM on June 26, 2007 by Don Lee

The Minnesota Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony were honored for their programming efforts at the annual American Symphony Orchestra League conference. Each year at the gathering, ASCAP--the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers--recognizes orchestras for their "adventurous programming" in various categories.

For the third year in a row, the Minnesota Orchestra earned the Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming.

For Programming of Contemporary Music, the South Dakota Symphony took third place among orchestras with operating expenses between $470,000 and $1.8 million. Last year it placed second.

The full list is here.