Monday, April 09, 2007

Where Will It End? Usually American Classical Music-Less WETA-FM, In Nation's Capital, Allows Broadcasting Of Classical Music By American Composer

The usually American classical music-less new Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital, surprised listeners last night before 10 P.M. by broadcasting the eight-minute 'Interrogation scene' from living composer Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light" [Jeanne d'Arc] CD, on Sony Classical. (Last week at the same Sunday time, they broadcast living composer Sir John Tavener's 10 minute choral "Song for Athena.")

I didn't think the "Interrogation Scene" was the best sampling from the Einhorn oratorio, but it was, none-the-less, an interesting contemporary foray by the usually, exceptionally conservative public classical station. I couldn't help but think of the neo-figurative Fernando Botero new "Interrogation scenes" oil paintings.

Excepting the Great Performances/MET's television broadcast of Bellini's 'I Puritani', I only listened to a half-hour of public media yesterday. (On Easter Saturday morning, during the snowfall, we heard longish stretches of live Slavonic Orthodox chant.)

Two of the Washington, D.C.'s Russian Orthodox Churches. [Ukrainian Orthodox Churches are in the Maryland suburbs.]

Slavic and Central European Sights of Interest: Washington, DC and Vicinity by Angela Cannon and Harry Leich of the European Reading Room, Library of Congress.

Photo credits: (c) Angela Cannon and Harry Leich. Library of Congress. With thanks.


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