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Classical Notes: February 7, 2012 Archive

Roll Credits: 02/06/2012

Posted at 11:29 AM on February 7, 2012 by ClassicalMPR
Filed under: Programs, Roll Credits


Williams: Theme from Schindler's List
Cincinnati Popos/Kunzel
Telarc 80495

Karas: Third Man Theme
Andre Riu
Philips 312522933

Alexandre Desplat: Remembering Marilyn from "My Week with Marilyn"
Lang Lang, piano
Sony 88697983672

Howard Shore: The Chase from "Hugo"
Howe Records HWR 1007

Francois Parisi: Ballade du Paris from Midnight in Paris
Madison Gate Records

Bernard Herrmann: Citizen Kane
National Philharmonic/Charles Gerhardt

Elmer Bernstein: To Kill a Mockingbird
Royal Philharmonic Pops/Bernstein
Denon 75288

Henry Mancini: Charade
Royal Philharmonic Pops/Mancini
Denon 2320

Simply Stupendous!

Posted at 1:36 PM on February 7, 2012 by Samuel Kjellberg
Filed under: Fun finds, In the media, The blog

Since November of 1969 the children's program Sesame Street has brought the world educational television that uses the addictive powers of television to promote good — to be cliché — while preparing and educating children about school, morals and social practice.

A vast number of guests have graced the show's set, a list whose Wikipedia article requires its own alphabetical listing page. These visits typically will consist of some particular moral, grammatical, biological or social concept — I remember seeing Robin Williams explain what it means to be alive as he filled his own shoe with a banana, peanuts, confetti, water and dog food; in the end, the conclusion was that the shoe was not alive!

Recently — February 6, 2011 to be exact — world-renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel paid a visit to Sesame Street to help Elmo explain the word "Stupendous," which is taught to be something "very, very great and amazing!" Something Dudamel is most certainly aware of.


In this segment, Dudamel conducts three small chamber groups: a sheep playing a violin, an octopus playing percussion (pretty impressive section created by all its limbs), and finally a penguin choir singing the "Ode to Joy" theme from Beethoven's 9th Symphony, a fairly significant piece to Dudamel if you keep up with his El Sistema efforts and his film "Let the Children Play."

If you look closely, I believe Dudamel is mouthing the words:

Freude, schöner Götterfunken
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!

Benjamin Zander on music and passion

Posted at 12:39 PM on February 7, 2012 by William Johnston

In this TED (Technology, Education, Design) Talk, Benjamin Zander discusses leadership, passion and classical music.

"I made up my mind... that classical music is for everyone... The music profession says that 3% of people like classical music. If we could only move it to 4%, our problems would be over... I say, how would you walk, how would you talk, how would you be if you thought [that] everybody loves classical music? They just haven't found out about it yet."
A powerful statement and a powerful presentation.

On the Air This Week

Posted at 2:54 PM on February 7, 2012 by Rex Levang
Filed under: On the air

Highlights from Feb. 7 to 14

Wednesday, noon: Music with Minnesotans:Reid McLean, development officer at Macalester
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Performances from the Young Artist Solo Competition of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra
Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra plays Russian music; with conductor James Gaffigan and cellist Anthony Ross
Saturday, 11 am: Metropolitan Opera: Wagner's Gotterdammerung
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Old Is New
Sunday, noon: From the Top, from Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with oboist Albrecht Mayer
Monday, 7 pm: Roll Credits
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Oliver Knussen conducts 20th-century works, including Berg's Chamber Concerto

Happy Birthday John Williams!

Posted at 3:53 PM on February 7, 2012 by ClassicalMPR (2 Comments)

February 8 is the birthday of one of the most famous and widely acclaimed film score composers of all time, John Williams, who turns 80 years old today. Perhaps best known for writing the instantly recognizable Star Wars theme (see above), he also composed the music for the Harry Potter films, the Indiana Jones films, E.T., Jurassic Park, Jaws and many, many more (dating back to 1958!). Take a look at this list of his compositions, and share your favorites in the comments section below!

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