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Classical Notes: September 27, 2009 Archive

You can't please 'em all

Posted at 12:18 PM on September 27, 2009 by Alison Young
Filed under: In the media, Programs

I was subbing for Steve the other day on Friday Favorites. I love hosting that show because it's always interesting hearing what you like (and what you don't like!) and what you want to hear more of.

One gal wrote a long missive begging us (with lots of explanation points and all-caps) not to play "On the Trail" from Grofe's "Grand Canyon Suite" but to PLEASE play one of the other movements. "Help me get that donkey song out of my head!!!!" she wrote.

Another listener asked us to play a very long piece by John Adams that he heard for the first time as a teenager and ever since has been a new music afficionado. Needless-to-say e-mails poured in from those not quite as eager to hear 20 minutes of Adams.

So I laughed when I read this in the Times this morning about other displeased audiences.