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Classical Notes: July 25, 2007 Archive

Happy Birthday, Bud Herseth!

Posted at 8:20 AM on July 25, 2007 by John Birge
Filed under: The blog

If you see Bud Herseth today, wish him a happy 86th birthday.

And you just might see him playing golf this time of year around Detroit Lakes. That part of Minnnesota has been a regular vacation destination for one of the world's greatest trumpet players, who was born in Bertha, Minnesota, but spent over fifty years as principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.

Listen to his incredible life story here.

New Book from Alex Ross

Posted at 5:10 PM on July 25, 2007 by Rex Levang (1 Comments)

A lot of people have been on vacation--at least around here, they have--so maybe you missed this sample of the upcoming book from New Yorker critic Alex Ross. Good reading in any case; the book's due out in the fall.

7/26: I hope those links work better now. Thanks for the nudge, A. S.! Related question: At the very end of Ross's article (first link above), the composer Morton Feldman hums a bit of "conservative music." Why does he choose the Sibelius Fifth? (I have a theory, but haven't gone back to check it out....)

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