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Classical Notes: December 9, 2009 Archive

Euro Classics

Posted at 3:20 AM on December 9, 2009 by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Programs

Tonight's Euro Classic comes from that transitional time between the baroque and classical periods. Johann Stamitz (Carl's dad) was a hot commodity in the 1740s, and you'll hear one of the symphonies he composed during his early days as music director at the Mannheim Court.

Be listening just after midnight (12:06am Thursday) on Classical Minnesota Public Radio for a performance recorded live last June in Schwetzingen, Germany featuring the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.

Saturday night, just after 8:00, there's another Euro Classic. The WDR Symphony Orchestra performs Rameau's Les Boreades Suite, from a concert recorded live last July in Wurzburg.

These exclusive recordings are heard one time, and one time only - so be sure to check out our Euro Classics this week.

Honoring Marilyn Horne

Posted at 2:36 PM on December 9, 2009 by Rex Levang
Filed under: Musician stories, Programs

Earlier this year, there was a big birthday celebration for Marilyn Horne, in the form of a concert which we'll be bringing you tonight.

Now please note that this isn't a recital by Marilyn Horne. Rather, some of the brightest names in opera (Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Piotr Beczala, etc.) got together to perform in her honor. Here's a little hint of what you'll hear, with Dolora Zajick in an aria from St-Saens's "Samson and Delilah" (different performance, same artist and music).

Join Fred Child tonight at 8 for all the festivities.

Iraqi musicians swept up in recent violence

Posted at 4:31 PM on December 9, 2009 by Alison Young
Filed under: In the media, Musician stories

The Iraqi National Orchestra director Karim Wasfi told an audience just last week that "you have a choice in life. You can choose a weapon, a Kalashnikov, or you can try a musical instrument."

But the orchestra itself has been in the middle of the renewed violence in Baghdad, including the most recent suicide bombing that claimed 127 lives on Tuesday.

As of this writing, it is unlcear if any musicians are among the dead.