Viva 21st Century Music

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.

Flute - Courtesy: Azerbaijani Artist Namig Mammadov at: AZgallery.org

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:
http://www.wprb.com/listen.php
http://listen.wprb.com/pls
http://listen.wprb.com/ram
http://listen.wprb.com/asx

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!!!

 

 

Advertisements

Christmas Trylogy and other jingles

I promised my friends last year that any time I have special events on Classical Discoveries I would post them in my blog. So far, I have generally not kept my promise. Maybe this would be a good New Year’s resolution?

I am a nice Jewish boy who gets excited about all my Christmas specials. Yes, I do!!

Well, not only Christmas specials.  After all, I present Jewish inspired music for Hanukkah, black composers for Kwanzaa and one of my favorites, Shall We Dance – a really fun show just before the New Year. If there were any Muslim holidays, at this time, I would have a special for that occasion also. For me there are no religious, cultural or social barriers. I just love all kinds of music.

I am not mentioning now my VIVA 21ST Century marathon since I am hoping to write a separate blog about it.

So this is how it goes.

I added some links from earlier specials. If you never heard any of these, you will get a good idea and to what I do and figure out why I am so excited about these programs. Also, please check my website before each show for more details at: http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 – from 5:30 till 11:00am and from 11:00am till 1:00pm – the 15th Annual program: 

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/playlist20101215c_s.html

Tuesday, December 20, 2011  from 5:30 till 8:30am – the 7th Annual program

CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA

Devoted to music for the holiday season by American composers

http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/playlist20101220s.html

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 – from 8:30 till 11:00am –

DURME, DURME

Title of this program inspired by the beautiful Sephardic lullaby. Music of Jewish inspiration to celebrate Hanukkah

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 – from 5:30 till 1:00pm – the 15th Annual program 

A MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE CHRISTMAS – part 1

Lesser-known works of early music works celebrating the holiday, as well as some of my favorites.

http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/playlist20101222s.html

I hope that listeners of my avant-garde show will forgive me for skipping this week’s show.  However, who can resist beautiful early music at the time when the world is lit with millions of Christmas lights.

Saturday, December 24, 2011 – from 5:30 till 9:00am

A MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE CHRISTMAS – part 2

Monday, December 26, 2011 – 1:00pm till Tuesday, December 27, 2011 – 1:00pm

VIVA 21ST CENTURY – 24 HOUR LIVE RADIO MARATHON

More about this in my next blog

Al Compas de un Tango (To the beat of a tango)- Courtesy: Artist Lesley Mitchell

Al Compas de un Tango (To the beat of a tango)- Courtesy: Artist Lesley Mitchell

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 – from 5:30 till 11:00am and from 11:00am till 1:00pm – the 15th Annual program –

SHALL WE DANCE   and SHALL WE DANCE – AVANT-GARDE EDITION

Please put on your dancing shoes and costumes, because this show will be fun.

http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/playlist20101229c_s.html

Saturday, December 31, 2010 – from 5:30 till 9:00am – the 8th Annual –

MUSIC FOR KWANZAA

 Kwanzaa Celebration with music by black composers.

http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/playlist20101219s.html

That is all for now. I hope that you will be able to tune at least to some of those specials and please remember that WPRB 103.3FM is heard all over the world at http://www.wprb.com/listen.php

I wish you all a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season and New Year.

 

%d bloggers like this: