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Classical Notes: May 13, 2009 Archive

Raise Your Children on Wagner

Posted at 12:17 AM on May 13, 2009 by Gillian Martin

If you've ever been driven mad by the same "children's" CD played over and over, the chair of Arts Council England has some advice that could set you free: start your kids on "entirely unsuitable masterpieces" as soon as possible.

In what must have been a spirited address at the Royal Philharmonic Society awards ceremony on Tuesday, Dame Liz Forgan was clear that "Throwing children alive into a boiling vat of great music does them no harm at all."

Read more about it (and find out who won awards) here.

Edo and the New World

Posted at 2:12 AM on May 13, 2009 by Ward Jacobson

Former Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Edo de Waart is back for another week with his old band at Orchestra Hall Thursday through Sunday.

Dvorak's popular Symphony No. 9 (For the New World) is on the program and I was surprised to discover that Maestro de Waart hasn't actually conducted the symphony all that often. He explained that for such a well-known symphony sometimes it's best to go back and simply conduct the work the way the composer actually wrote it - like cleaning a classic, old painting. I'm looking forward to hearing his interpretation.

The Orchestra's fabulous principal cellist Anthony Ross is also featured this week, playing the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1.

As always, if you can't make it to Orchestra Hall this week, it's all waiting for you Friday night at 8 on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

So a Tenor, a Baritone, and a Bass Walk Into a Bar

Posted at 5:21 PM on May 13, 2009 by Rex Levang (1 Comments)

There's been a lot of talk lately about bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. Here's one such event that just took place in Missoula, Montana, combining opera and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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