Monday, January 07, 2008

Shunning WETA/WGMS Radio's March To Segregated Past, WETA Television To Program Banned Works By Composers Mahler, Bartok, And Stravinsky

"Great Performances returns to Carnegie Hall's famed stage for a celebration with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Featuring the orchestra under the baton of music director and conductor Sir Simon Rattle, Carnegie Hall Celebrates Berlin will include highlights from the Hall's two-week "Berlin in Lights" festival in November 2007. Performances include the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra. The program also features conductor Sir Simon Rattle and the renowned orchestra as they perform such classics as Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9 and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring."


Also tonight, more WETA/WGMS-banned music at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Washington, D.C.:

Hermine Haselböck, mezzo soprano Russell Ryan, piano

Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children);
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Travelling Journeyman); Rückert-Lieder


Unlike WETA-TV, WETA/WGMS-FM Radio features playlists from America's segregated past.

Mr. Barack Obama, above, speaks to a crowd that couldn't get in to his speech at the filled-to-capacity Opera House in Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States. The rest is history.

Photo credit: (c) Ozier Muhammad for The New York Times. 2008. All rights reserved. With thanks.


Blogger JW said...

Rattle, Berlin, Mahler, boooooooring... When will we have a Great Performances that features Creston, Piston, Copland, Harris, Schuman Mckay, Carpenter or some such American combination? I'm boycotting Rattle! It would have been more interesting if he would even do music from his own country!

7:23 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home