Thursday, September 2, 2010

Afternoon Classics 9/2

Host - Mary Watson

We have a special program today. Mary Watson, pianist extraordinaire, will be talking about the Alaska Music Trail, a program founded by Maxim Schapiro and avidly supported by then-Gov. Ernest Gruening, that brought major musicians, as well as actors, dancers and other well-known performers - many of them international famous - to 18 Alaskan and 6 Canadian cities between 1950 and 1970. Each year brought 3 or 4 such stars. Mary has selected pieces performed by several of these trailblazers for today's show, and has interesting stories about many of them.

Rafael Mendez, trumpet - Bizet, Danse Boheme, from Carmen

Jan Peerce, tenor - Mozart, Il mio tesoro, from Don Giovanni

Isaac Stern, violin - Beethoven, Violin Sonata, Op. 30, No. 2, first movement

Van Cliburn, piano - Chopin, Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, first movement, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting

Nicanor Zabaleta, harp - Rodrigo, Concierto Serenata para Arpa y Orquesta, third movement, with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ernst Marzendorfer conducting

Maxim Schapiro, piano - and the founder of the Alaska Music Trail - D'Indy, Symphony on a Mountain Air, San Francisco Symphony, Pierre Monteux conducting

Byron Janis, piano - Chopin, Mazurka in G minor, Op. 24, No. 1

Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano -

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