Tooth of Crime

If you’ve ever visited the famous Central Cemetery in Vienna, you know that many great musicians are buried there, in close proximity.

Now there’s a news story that someone may have broken into the graves of Brahms and Johann Strauss….and stolen their teeth.

Details here.

Minnesota Sings

The American Choral Directors Association, Minnesota chapter (ACDA-MN), is presenting a state-wide choral sing-a-long on November 10, 2012 [corrected date]. You can get your choir invovled by applying here (deadline is October 1, 2012). Locations are spread out across Minnesota, so you should be able to find a convenient spot to showcase your group.

According to the ACDA-MN website, the goal is to showcase choirs “of any size, age, or ability representing school, community and faith-based organizations.” This event is part of the organization’s 50th anniversary year.

It’s the y’all come of choral singing.

Wayne Shorter Commissioned by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Jazz giant and tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter is writing a piece for Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and this makes me happy.

Shorter has always had a home among the more harmonically-innovative jazz musicians, from the whole-tone-inspired “JuJu” to the Copland-esque use of open fourths in “Witch Hunt.”

As Shorter says in the accompanying article, composition is “improvisation slowed down.”

While you might find this to be an oversimplification, keep in mind the emphasis put on learning the art of improv in the Baroque and Classical eras.

I look forward to hearing what Shorter writes for OCO, and to his upcoming piece for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Choral Quiz

Test your knowledge of choral music, composers, and terminology. While it is multiple choice — no short answers or essays here, although you may feel free to leave them in the comments — we doubt that this is an easy ‘A’.

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On the Air This Week

Highlights from June 19 to 26

Tuesday, 8 pm: Spring for Music: The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra plays Messiaen, Debussy, and Qigang Chen

Wednesday, 8 pm: Spring for Music: William Eddins conducts the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in works of Robert Rival, John Estacio, Allan Gilliland, and Bohuslav Martinu

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Variations on America

Sunday, noon: From the Top

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Minnesota Orchestra led by Kristjan Järvi

On the Air This Week

Highlights from June 12 to June 19

Update: Chorus America concert now available online

Wednesday, 8 pm: Chorus America Opening Concert, live from Orchestra Hall

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, from a Chopin Society recital

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Concertos

Sunday, noon: From the Top

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in Schulhoff, Mendelssohn, and Kurt Weill

Monday, 8 pm: Spring for Music: The Alabama Symphony plays Avner Dorman, Paul Lansky, and Beethoven

Tuesday, 8 pm: Spring for Music: The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra plays Messiaen, Debussy, and Qigang Chen

On the Air This Week

Highlights from June 5 to June 12

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Brahms’s Piano Quintet, from the Alexandria Festival of the Lakes

Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Music of Richard Strauss (with soprano Deborah Voigt) and Mahler; last concert of broadcast season

Saturday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, live from the Ordway: The Seasons, by Haydn

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: A la Francaix

Sunday, noon: From the Top

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Choral music of Part and Durufle, with the SPCO Chorale; last concert of broadcast season