Monday, August 13, 2007

Classical WETA-FM Experiments With Embracing American Culture And 'America The Beautiful' -- Hits Saturday Afternoon Grand Slam (Plus Encore)

The WETA classical music boss must have heard from the 'corporate classics' upstairs, or been on holiday, but the newer Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital, on Saturday, August 11, 2007, threw all WGMS-legacy classical music programming software to the wind, and broadcast FIVE works of fine classical music by American composers -- Edward MacDowell's Piano Concerto #2, George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (from the Los Angeles Opera Company), Louis Moreau Gottschalk's Symphony #1 "A Night in the Tropics", Arthur Foote's Piano Quintet, and George Chadwick's The Frogs.

The broadcast towers, in "Greater Washington", apparently withstood this rare, mini- tidal wave of American classical music and beauty.


National Gallery of Art, American Painting , Washington, D.C.

Rockefeller Collection of American Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (de Young Museum), San Francisco

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.


Famous American highlights of August 11 include:

1934 - Federal prison opened at Alcatraz Island.

1965 - Race riots (the Watts riots) begin in Watts area of Los Angeles, California.

1972 - Vietnam War: The last United States ground combat unit depart South Vietnam.

1984 - United States President Ronald Reagan, during a voice check for a radio broadcast remarks "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes".

1992 - The Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the country, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota.

2007 - Classical WETA-FM, in Nation's Capital, broadcasts five works by American classical composers in a single day.

Pan Cogito, dressed in reenactment costume, wig, and beard, stands guard over American classical music heritage at Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California.

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Photo credit: National Park Service. With thanks.


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