December 21, 2011 1 Comment
In late November of 2003, when I piled up CD’s for my WPRB winter break specials, the idea of a new program with music from the 21st century started to take shape. I did not have many new music recordings for my first program, but managed to mix the ones I had with some of my favorite earlier selections.
The end of the 20th century was very disappointing to me for various reasons. At that time I stopped listening to classical radio and going to live concerts with a few exceptions. Heavily advertised musical tributes to 20th century music presented mainly 80-90 year old warhorses. There is so much more to music of that period.
How I dreamed to hear performances of symphonies by Henry Cowell, Harrison, Hovhaness and other American composers, live in the Academy of Music with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Not even one of them was represented in those tributes, nor as I recall any woman composer. It was like the clock stopped after the 1st half of the 20th century.
My second program was 100 percent devoted to new music, but I had never imagined that 9 years later I would be able to present a continuous 24-hour program of 21st century music. I actually could do at least 4-5 more marathons, judging from the piles I am looking at right now. I will take a rain check on those however!
Marathons? It is all Jon’s fault. I am referring to Jon Solomon – WPRB legend, and veteran of the Christmas Marathons, of which this year will be his 24th.
When in 2007 I realized that my 5 plus hours would not let me present all of what I wanted, I looked to Jon for inspiration and decided to give it a try. Here I am 4 years later getting ready for my 5th Winter Marathon joining the ranks of radio broadcaster junkies.
I must admit, that all suggestions on how to survive 24 hours on the air I received from Jon. One more thing I do is that I treat myself to acupuncture a few hours before the Marathon. The hardest thing for me is to keep off bread for 24 hours!! I love a good loaf of sour dough!!!
If you are curious, I never nap during the time I am on the air so, if anyone wants to call me when the music is playing please do so at 609-258-1033. I will need the support of my audience and friends, especially during late at night and the early morning hours when I will be totally alone. Also, if you are in the neighborhood, please visit me. The more action in the studio I have, the easier it will be for me to survive the 24 hours of madness.
This 9th Annual program is the 5th, 24-Hour Marathon totally devoted to new music composed in the 21st century. It will start on:
Monday, December 26, 2011 at 1:00pm and will end: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 1:00pm
In a few days you will find some featured composers listed on the home page of the Classical Discoveries website at: http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/ and on the Facebook Event Page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/124098904372882/
VIVA 21ST CENTURY – INTERNATIONAL EDITION – 24-HOUR LIVE WPRB RADIO BROADCAST
The program will air on WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton and on the Internet around the world at:
For Internet listeners link to excellent Time Zone Converter: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc
Other 24-hour new music Marathons
12-27/28-2009 – 24-hour Marathon – WOMEN COMPOSERS EDITION
09-08/09-2009 – 24-hour Marathon – AMERICAN EDITION
12-26/27-2008 – 24-hour Marathon – INTERNATIONAL EDITION
12-27/28-2007 – 24-hour Marathon – INTERNATIONAL EDITION
I hope that you can catch at least part of the WPRB Marathon madness.
Viva 21st Century, Viva New Music, and Viva Living Composers!!!