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Classical Notes: March 20, 2012 Archive

On the Air This Week

Posted at 11:29 AM on March 20, 2012 by Rex Levang
Filed under: On the air

Highlights from March 20 to 27

Wednesday, noon: Music with Minnesotans: Actor Allen Hamilton
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Pianist Imogen Cooper
Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Mendelssohn, Haydn and Schumann, with conductor Gilbert Varga
Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Verdi's Macbeth
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Bach-o-Rama
Sunday, noon: From the Top
Sunday, 1 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: Bach's St. John Passion
Sunday, 4 pm: SymphonyCast: The Vienna Philharmonic plays Mozart and Wagner ("The Ring Without Words")
Monday, 7 pm: Roll Credits
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Haydn, Bach, and Purcell

Steve Staruch reports from the road

Posted at 1:52 PM on March 20, 2012 by Daniel Gilliam
Filed under: Artists in Residence

Steve Staruch emailed me today with an update from the tour with Chad Hoopes. If you're new to what Chad is doing, read some of his blog. Here's what Steve says:

I'm old enough to remember Art Linkletter's "Kids Say the Darndest Things" which I watched as a kid. It's good to know that some things don't change with.....maturity. I've been on the road these last two days with Classical MPR's Artist-in-Residence, violinist Chad Hoopes. The young people, many of whom play in a youth orchestras, have been wowed by Chad's virtuosity and enamored by his smiling personality. When he tells them that he's a big fan of Adele...well, that just takes the cake! The kids ask really good questions too. Who inspired you? How do you memorize? Do you ever get stage fright?

When a young violinist came up to him after today's presentation and asked him to play Happy Birthday for a friend, his performace brought her to tears. Bravo to Chad! There'll be more on the rest of the tour in the coming days.

Lord of the Rings Symphony

Posted at 11:33 AM on March 20, 2012 by William Johnston

Howard Shore has reworked the music from the Lord of the Rings movies into a two hour, six movement symphony. All of the musical material has been retained; however much of the material has been reworked or reorchestrated to create a standalone piece.

I wonder if someday the melodies and thematic material will be better known from the symphony than from the movies themselves — similar to how everyone seems to know Procession of the Nobles by Rimsky-Korsakov, yet few remember the opera Млада from which it came.

A narrated walkthrough of the symphony:

The complete symphony:

The Lord of the Rings Symphony Album from Arkivmusic

Incidentally, Howard Shore was not the first to compose a symphony based on the Lord of the Rings. Johan De Meij wrote his Symphony No. 1 "Lord of the Rings" between 1984 and 1988.

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