Thursday, January 17, 2008

'Recession' Causing WETA-FM, In Nation's Capital, To Purge Playlists Of Any American Classical Music; Other Venues Uphold Living Classical Tradition

WETA-FM, so-called public radio in the Nation's Capital, is in recessionary mode, and has increasingly resorted to programming absolutely no American classical music. You may witness for yourself the pathetic, so-called public radio programming for today, January 17, 2008.

Please write or call WETA President and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller and demand living classical music programming in Greater Washington in exchange for the station's tax-exempt status and membership support:

Ms. Sharon Percy Rockefeller
President and CEO
2775 South Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22206
tel 703.998.2600
fax 703.998.3401


The National Symphony Orchestra is offering outreach $25 Orchestra seats to Friday, January 18th's matinee at 1:30 PM featuring Sarah Chang in the Brahms Violin Concerto, and Leonard Slatkin also leading John Corigliano's Symphony #2 and a Mozart Overture. You must mention offer number 27102; and the "NSO staff" of course reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time without notice. Other restrictions, as well, of course.


Possible cultural bets for the snowy and freezing long weekend in the Nation's Capital (where thousands will be performing volunteer and community service on Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday):

The Phillips Collection -- off Dupont Circle -- offers a Sunday afternoon 4 PM concert by the superb violinist Michelle Makarski. [Music of Crockett, Hartke, Berio, Carter, Dallapiccola?]

Later at 6:30 PM on Sunday the National Gallery of Art continues its utterly natural mission of programming American classical music by hosting Pianist Jeni Slotchiver in a free concert of American classical works by Busoni, Gottschalk, Villa-Lobos, and others. In my view, Ms. Sharon Percy Rockefeller should send her public radio staff to immediate training with the curatorial staff of the National Gallery of Art. (Program notes to the concert will probably be up on the NGA Concerts Web-site sometime tomorrow.)

Also please note:

Beyond the Keyboard: Exploring the Piano's Resources Beyond the Keys

Can the piano really do that? Explore non-traditional piano techniques through the music of Cowell, Crumb, Cage and other contemporary American composers at this lecture and recital presented by Dr. Laurie Hudicek. FREE!

Levine School of Music (NW DC Campus)
Jane Lang Recital Hall
2801 Upton Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
Click here for directions.

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM
RSVP: 202/686-8000

Violinist Michelle Makarski and the Phillips Collection help demonstrate that Life Is Elsewhere.

Photo credit: (c) Silvia Lelli. All rights reserved. Via Ms. Makarski's website.


Blogger Pliable said...

Hey Garth, no American classical music. But I did notice -

10:05pm: An English Suite
Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)
[Lyrita 220]

12:52 PM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Thanks, pliable.

Yeah, I did see the Sir Charles Parry and I immediately thought of you. It is of course a British "worthy" and was fairly unexpected in the evening primetime slot. (Though that slot has earlier seen the light of Rimsky-Korsakov's and Bruch's Symhonies #3 -- and, once upon a time, a work by American John Knowles Paine - if my memory serves me correctly.)

The Sir Charles will probably make many WETA-FM listeners -- especially in conservative Northern Virginia -- very very happy; and will make them wish for more, fairly conservative, 'new music' from WETA.


I thought that this highly typical hour was the real kicker, and I was tempted to highlight it earlier:

6:06pm: Symphony #7: I
Johann Wilhelm Wilms
Concerto of Cologne
Werner Ehrhardt (conductor)
[Archiv 0002998]
Buy now >

6:18pm: Symphony #1: IV
Niels Wilhelm Gade
Stockholm Sinfonietta
Neeme Jaervi (conductor)
[Bis 339]
Buy now >

6:26pm: The Elements: Caprice
Jean-Fery Rebel
Musica Antiqua of Cologne
Reinhard Goebel (conductor)
[Archiv 445.824]
Buy now >

6:34pm: Ma Vlast: The Moldau
Bedrich Smetana
Berlin Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
[DG 449.900]
Buy now >

6:47pm: Young Henry's Hunt
Etienne-Nicolas Mehul
Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra
Michel Swierczewski (conductor)
[Nimbus 5184/85]
Buy now >

Nothing wrong in and of itself with the music -- but its hour after hour preponderance cancels out the possibility for all but well less than .1% of 20th c. and American classical music.

1:11 PM  

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