Those Magnificent Philadelphians!

You might think that the above title is referring to the famous Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Samuel Barber, or even Vincent Persichetti, but anyone who knows me would know that would not be totally the case. I am not trying to be disrespectful to them of course, but I’d rather focus on what is happening in Philadelphia now. We have many great musicians, composers and artists living and associated with the City of Brotherly Love.

Over the years some of them have visited the WPRB studio including Andrea Clearfield, George Crumb, Daniel Dorff, James Freeman, Jennifer Higdon and of course Alan Harler and Robert Moran, who are returning for a visit together this Wednesday, October 3  from 10:00am till 1:00pm for what promises to be an exciting 3 hours of programming!!  

Robert Moran at WPRB Studio during his 2011 interview

On the venue will be a discussion of the October 21, 2012 world premiere performance of Robert Moran’s Angus Dei and the commissioned, full-chorus version of the ethereal Trinity Requiem, with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, as well as of course other subjects related to music.

 

Alan Harler has been artistic director of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia from 1988 and is only the 12th person to hold that position since the chorus’s founding in 1874.


He is an exceptional conductor with a global reach and is a strong supporter of new American music. During his tenure with the Mendelssohn Club, he has commissioned 48 new compositions. Yes, a man close to my heart.  I have attended many of their concerts for the last 15 years and was never disappointed. This will be Alan’s second visit to the WPRB studio.


Robert Moran is an American composer of operas and ballets as well as many orchestral, vocal, chamber and dance works.  He has been a “Classical Discoveries” guest several times over the years.

The Trinity Requiem issued on the Innova Label received the world premiere broadcast on Classical Discoveries in August, 2011 with a repeat broadcast during the 24-hour 9/11 Marathon.

This wonderful CD together with Moran’s 3 others issued on the Innova label as well as the Mendelssohn Club CD with music of Higdon, Clearfield and Primosh (also on Innova) will be offered as special premiums only on Wednesday, October 10 between 5:00am and 1:00pm during the special Fund Drive Edition of my program.

In a few days I will post more details about the Fund Drive and will also provide a  link to the list of special premiums offered only during the program.

Classical Discoveries airs each Wednesday on WPRB at 103.3 FM Princeton or on-line at www.wprb.com

If you cannot listen that day you have the option to record program via DAR.fm   (custom link:DAR.fm/classicaldiscoveries(wprb), or listen to the archives for over two weeks after each show at: http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/index_music.html

Robert Moran (*1937): Requiem: Chant du Cygne, for 4 Choruses and 4 Chamber Ensembles (1990).

Artistic Director Alan Harler Describes Andrea Clearfield’s World Premiere

What is new?

Yes, I am still here!

I just came back from my student piano recitals feeling really proud, but also happy that one more project is behind me.

My crazy April Odyssey continues without leaving much time for blogging, and my next blog will most likely be just before the fifteenth anniversary of my program, which was broadcast for the first time on May 29 1997.

Wow, I cannot believe how fast the time goes. I was thinking about recreating my first show since I finally did find my book of old playlists, but it would make the program too traditional, so maybe I will play only a few selections from my first show. I do not know yet.

So, what is happening on Classical Discoveries and the Avant-Garde Edition?

This Wednesday, May 02, 2012 from 9:00am till 11:00am

American composer, organist and Messaian scholar Frank Ferko, known for his choral music inspired by Hildegard von Bingen will visit WPRB.

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Next Wednesday, May 09, 2012 from 11:00am till 1:00pm on the Avant-Garde Edition,

American composer and Co-Director of New Amsterdam Records, Sara Kirkland Snider and whose work “Disquiet” will be premiering on May 13, 2012 by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, will be my guest.

As always, you can listen on 103.3 FM or on the Internet at: www.wprb.com

and if you cannot listen those days you can go to archived programs on my website or you can go to one more option: DAR.fm – a Digital Audio Recorder {a custom link: DAR.fm/classicaldiscoveries(wprb)} which has been tested by a number of people, is very convenient and works very well. You can stream the program later on your smart phone, PC or other audio devices.

Laus Trinitati from Frank Ferko’s Hildegard Motets

He Looks Out to Sea from Penelope work composed by Sarah Kirkland Snider

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