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Coming up on Sunday, March 28 "Maine's Sunday Best"

Great gospel music in the 2:00 hour!  And for the 3:00 classical hour:  Music for Passover by Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick; a Stephen Foster medley by the Canadian Brass; a piano sonata for two players by Mozart; two traditional hymns from the "Southern Harmony" from a new CD in our library by the choral group Octarium; and the Polovtsian Dances from "Prince Igor" by Alexander Borodin.  I know you'll hear something you like, so join me tomorrow afternoon for "Maine's Sunday Best' from 2-4 pm.

Spring, and other random thoughts

(Well, there you go.  I tried to post this yesterday and somehow managed to delete the entire thing.)

There are certain pieces I associate with spring, which arrived Saturday.  On my way to the station on Sunday I began to think perhaps I should have brought "Sleigh Ride" instead of the piece I had chosen, but that is March in New England -- spring one minute and back to winter the next.

The obvious choices to celebrate the arrival of the season would be Vivaldi's "Spring" from The Seasons -- too obvious, so I chose not to play it.  Another is J. Strauss II's "Voice of Spring", which I can't stand to listen to any more because when I hear it, it immediately brings to mind a 3 Stooges sketch in which the over-endowed soprano sings along with it, over and over.  One more would be Mendelssohn's "Spring Song" from the Songs Without Words, one that some feel was actually composed by his sister Fanny.  Many of Fanny's works, however, strike me as being less light-hearted in character. Read more »

Maine's Sunday Best, 3/14/2010

Coming up this Sunday, March 14, 2010:  Music from gospel greats Mahalia Jackson and Danniebelle Hall...  We'll get a head start on St. Patrick's Day with some seasonally appropriate works by Bryn Terfel and Leroy Anderson... And some selections from a new CD by clarinetist Emma Johnson, and more!  I hope you'll join me!


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