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Classical Notes: January 3, 2012 Archive

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 3

Posted at 12:00 PM on January 3, 2012 by William Johnston

Composer/Conductor Eric Whitacre has announced that Virtual Choir 3 will be accepting submissions through the end of January.

Virtual Choir is a project where singers from around the world can submit videos of themselves singing their part to a video of Eric Whitacre conducting.

The virtual choir project was featured in a TED talk, describing the work that went into it and some of the ramifications of an internet based choir.

Previous virtual choirs:


Virtual Choir 2.0 singing Sleep



Virtual Choir 1 singing Lux Aurumque

Cartoonist Sam Hiti on the air tomorrow

Posted at 9:07 AM on January 3, 2012 by Alison Young

Avid listener Sam Hiti sent this email to me one morning during some Michael Haydn:

"Alison, Great song you are playing. I was doing my morning warm up doodle and this is what happened."
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What an amazing effect music can have!

Of course, I always invite listeners to write me any time and share what they like and even what they don't like about how I'm doing and the music I'm playing. I've made a lot of friends this way because I'm always ready to talk music and mostly ready to consider other perspectives!

Since hosting Music with Minnesotans I've had lots of mail from candidates nominating themselves for the show. One of my most favorite was Sam who sent me an original drawing inspired by my Halloween show. He made me laugh because I can TOTALLY relate to that snotty-nosed kid. As a natural food junkie myself, I am oftentimes thoroughly obnoxious about it!

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Sam will be my guest tomorrow and he's created a kind of story-board of music to tell us the many moods and emotions we have as northerners towards this brutal season. Don't miss it - tomorrow at noon.

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Don't we all need to escape into the outdoors every so often and contemplate the weirdness of our family?!

On the Air This Week

Posted at 1:34 PM on January 3, 2012 by Rex Levang
Filed under: On the air

Highlights from Jan. 3 to 10

Wednesday, noon: Music with Minnesotans: Graphic novelist Sam Hiti
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Wendy Warner and Irina Nuzova in Myaskovsky's Cello Sonata
Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Future Classics
Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Hansel and Gretel
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: The Illusive English Organ
Sunday, noon: From the Top
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique plays Beethoven
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: music of Haydn, Carter, and Frank Martin