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Classical Notes: May 12, 2011 Archive

Classical MPR's Artist-in-Residence Cantus grabs another award!

Posted at 1:25 PM on May 12, 2011 by Alison Young

Cantus nabbed the 2011 Chorus America Education Outreach Award.

Chorus America gives this award - not just a plaque, but a cash prize too - to ensembles that exemplify the true spirit of good education outreach efforts.

And what is that? From Chorus America Education Outreach Vision Statement they tell us "Successful education outreach programs often demonstrate the following characteristics:

1. Collaborations and ongoing partnerships with other ensembles, schools, and community organizations
2. Organized efforts to reach their own communities and surrounding areas to attract new constituencies
3. Clearly articulated goals, outcomes, and tools for evaluation
4. An ongoing commitment to educational outreach"

The Cantus High School Residency program began in 2008 with seed funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Cantus had over 10 years of experience from successful outreach on tours, but wanted to create a program that was built around long-term relationships with students.

The Cantus High School Residency Final Concert is tomorrow (Friday, May 13) featuring the 2010-11 high school choirs, along with vocal chamber ensembles from Macalester College and the University of Minnesota.

Way to go Cantus!

Be sure to tune in next Thursday when Chris Foss, Adam Reinwald and Paul Rudoi join me live on-air to discuss 20th century music, play lots of compelling stuff and take your questions.

St. Cloud Symphony Farewell

Posted at 3:46 PM on May 12, 2011 by John Birge (1 Comments)

The St. Cloud Times reports that conductor Andrew Altenbach gives his last concert Saturday with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. After two seasons, he's headed for a job at the Boston Conservatory. Seems like only yesterday that Andrew started the job; he and I talked about his plans in October of 2009.

BTW, this puts the St. Cloud Symphony, the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra all in the hunt -- and competing, in some respects -- for new conductors!

Elsewhere in the Comings-and-Goings Dept:

-JoAnn Falletta, conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic, will also take over the Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland.
-Gianandrea Noseda just gave his last concert with the BBC Philharmonic after 9 years.
-Paavo Jarvi gives his last concerts Saturday with the Cincinnati Symphony after 10 years.

And in the pubic broadcasting world:
-Audie Cornish, NPR News' Congressional correspondent, will be the new host of "Weekend Edition Sunday," replacing Liane Hanson.
-Jim Lehrer of PBS is stepping down from a regular anchor role on the "PBS NewsHour"

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David Mason & Snookie Young: Playing Taps for two Trumpeters

Posted at 4:12 PM on May 12, 2011 by John Birge

Playing taps for two trumpeters:

Jazz trumpeter "Snooky" Young died yesterday, age 92.
He played with the great big bands: Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, and for 25 years with Johnny Carson's Tonight Show band.

The man who played trumpet in the Beatle's song Penny Lane died last week. David Mason was 84, leukaemia the cause.
Mason was principal trumpet in the Royal Philharmonic, among other London orchestras, and professor at the Royal College of Music.
Paul McCartney spotted Mason playing his trumpet on TV, and the rest is history. Here's David Mason telling the story of his iconic Penny Lane trumpet solo:

And, for the real Beatles and trumpet geeks, here's the long-form version with all the juicy back-story: