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Archive for February 12, 2014

LISTEN: A Musical Tale for Kids

Camilla Gorilla, illustrated by Sharon Lomasney

WFMT’s February theme is The Animal Kingdom, the celebration of music inspired by things that scamper, swim, swing, and scoot; that fly, cry, bite and hoot.

Here’s a tale about one special gorilla

Carlos Kalmar: Summer’s Lookin’ Good

Carlos Kalmar, photo by Norman Timonera

Since his appointment as principal conductor in 2000, the Grant Park Orchestra has been on a roll with Carlos Kalmar. The critics love them; the programming is wonderfully adventuresome, attendance is strong, and they give concerts in one of the most spectacular venues on the face of the earth. Ditto for the Grant Park Chorus with Director Christopher Bell, who joined in 2002

Beethoven’s Cuckoo: A Comparison

Beethoven and Cuckoo

[San Francisco Symphony, Wednesday at 8:00 PM] Composers are the ultimate mockingbirds. They hear other birds’ calls and simply can’t resist scoring them for flutes, clarinets, oboes, string sections, even pipe organs. There is one bird that the composer/mockingbird species especially likes to mock: the cuckoo. Beethoven, Delius and Mahler have all imitated the cuckoo