Posted at 12:32 AM on September 1, 2009
by John Birge
Filed under: The blog
On the 70th anniversary of beginning of World War II, two appreciations of a legendary aircraft that helped win the war for the Allies: the Spitfire.
From a 2009 series of Royal Mail postage stamps commemorating British Design Classics, comes this beauty:
And from composer Sir William Walton, the "Spitfire Prelude and Fugue," a concert work adapted from his score to the movie "The First of the Few." This YouTube clip mates the music with images from the war:
Posted at 2:04 PM on September 1, 2009
by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Musician stories
Sad news this morning from Cincinnati about the death of longtime conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, Erich Kunzel.
A year ago, Kunzel took the Pops to China, where they played during the Beijing Olympics.
Kunzel was diagnosed with cancer earlier this spring. He was 74.