Friday, April 03, 2009

Artists Yamada, Michio, Sawai, Ishii, Satoh, Mayazumi and Takemitsu on Sharon Percy Rockefeller's Eccentric Classical WETA-FM, In The Nation's Capital

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Who gave American conductor David Robertson permission expertly to program Wagner’s Good Friday Music from Parsifal, B.A. Zimmermann’s Canto speranza, Sibelius’s Luonnotar, Op. 70, Kaija Saariah’s Mirage for Soprano, Cello, and Orchestra, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op.82, with the Saint Louis Symphony tomorrow night in New York City?

(My mother attended and was less than satisfied with the San Francisco Symphony’s open rehearsal program, on Wednesday morning, which featured Haydn Symphony No. 52, Thomas Adès Violin Concerto (Concentric Paths), and Mozart Symphony No. 39; although she enjoyed the Ades Concerto, and especially the work of conductor James Gaffigan and violin soloist Leila Josefowicz.)

Does anyone know whether the David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony performance will be broadcast, on a delayed basis, on Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation’s Capital?

Does anyone know when the Obama’s will take their daughters (and Michelle’s mother) to a classical music performance at the Kennedy Center?

Slow learning Classical WETA-FM will be broadcasting, this Monday at 9 PM during Cherry Blossom season, a concert from the Freer Gallery of Art, recorded last October, of Japanese twentieth century classical music featuring Masayo Ishigure, koto; Theresa Salomon, violin; James Wilson, cello; and Kathryn Woodard, piano. The concert will feature classical compositions by Yamada, Michio, Sawai, Ishii, Satoh, Mayazumi, and Takemitsu – all of which are never likely again to be heard on Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation’s Capital.

I seriously wonder whether the Japanese Government has paid Classical WETA-FM for the unusual privilege of having its 20th century Classical music performed on Classical WETA-FM, so-called public radio in the Nation's Capital?

(Another 24 hours of absolutely no American classical music on Sharon Percy Rockefeller's American classical art disdaining Classical WETA-FM, so-called public radio in the Nation's Capital.)


Header credit: The Carriage Competition (right screen from a pair of folding screens) Ninna-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan.

(c) Kyoto National Museum, Japan. 2009. Copyright controlled. With thanks.


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