On the Air This Week

Highlights from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5

Wednesday, 3 noon: Music with Minnesotans: Musical theater enthusiast Bartley Stratton.

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Music to mark the centennial of the College of St. Scholastica, with Shelly Gruskin leading the Centennial Orchestra, the Twin Ports Choral Project and St. Scholastica Concert Choir.

Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Barber, Gershwin, and Bartók.

Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Rossini’s Le Comte Ory.

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Give ’em Elmore.

Sunday, noon: From the Top.

Sunday, 1 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Monday, 7 pm: Roll Credits: Bill Morelock and Lynne Warfel talk movie music.

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Music of Schubert and Weill, with vocal ensemble Cantus.

Heavy Rain Composer Normand Corbeil Dies at 56

Normand Corbeil

Normand Corbeil (NOR-mahnd cohr-BAY), the BAFTA award-winning composer of Heavy Rain, died of stage-four pancreatic cancer over the weekend.

The French-Canadian composer was best known in the film world, with more than fifty titles to his credit. But gamers fell in love with his music for his projects with studio Quantic Dream.

Corbeil was working on Quantic Dream’s upcoming game, Beyond: Two Souls. I cannot put into words how excited I was to hear his music. I was thrilled when I heard he was the composer for the game, and I could not wait to speak with him again.

When we talked in the spring of 2011, it was like talking to my musical doppelgänger. We talked of the complicated simplicity of Bach’s counterpoint, the lush beauty of Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose) and the brilliance of the construction of Beethoven’s symphonies (particularly the 9th).

Another French-Canandian recently recorded some of Corbeil’s music from Heavy Rain; Angèle Dubeau and her ensemble, La Pietà, on their recent release titled Game Music.

Corbeil was diagnosed in August 2012.

On the Air This Week

Highlights from Jan. 22 to 29

Wednesday, noon: Music with Minnesotans: Educational psychologist Bob Jorczak.

Wednesday, 8 pm: Minnesota Opera: Silent Night, by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell.

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: One Voice Mixed Chorus.

Friday 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Osmo Vänskä leads the Beethoven Violin Concerto (with Lisa Batiashvili) and two Sibelius symphonies.

Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Puccini’s La Rondine.

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Our Spanish Steps.

Sunday, noon: From the Top.

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with violinist Janine Jansen.

Sunday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: Renée Fleming, soprano, and Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano.

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: The Seasons, by Haydn.

On the Air This Week

Highlights from Jan. 15 to 22

Thursday, noon hour: Music with Minnesotans: hip-hop dancer B-Boy J-Sun.

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Flanders Recorder Quartet, recorded in St. Cloud.

Thursday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The Philadelphia Orchestra with conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Osmo Vänskä leads music of Grieg, Lundquist, and Sibelius.

Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda.

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Chorale Preludes.

Sunday, noon: From the Top.

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Daniel Harding leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: All-Mozart program with Christian Zacharias and Isabel Leonard.

On the Air This Week

Highlights from Jan. 8 to 15

Wednesday, noon: Music with Minnesotans: Dianne Brown, of the downtown St. Paul post office.

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Violist Kate Hamilton and pianist Jay Hershberger, from Concordia College in Moorhead.

Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Elgar, Schumann, and Walton.

Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Women at Work.

Sunday, noon: From the Top.

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with violinist Hilary Hahn.

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Edo de Waart leads a program of Stravinsky and Beethoven.

Viral Trombone

Here’s your link to the trombone video that has taken the digital sphere by storm. It shows David Finlayson, trombonist with the New York Philharmonic–from the perspective of the slide on his instrument, where he mounted a tiny video camera.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been viewing this in the past few days. Is it because its “silliness”? The music being played? Getting that close to a top-notch player? Do you have a theory?

On the Air This Week

Highlights from Jan. 2 to 8, 2013

Wednesday, noon: Music with Minnesotans: Bill Summerville, pairing music and wines.

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Violinist Ray Shows and pianist John Jensen play Mozart.

Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: An all-Brahms program, with the Minnesota Chorale.

Saturday, 11 am: Metropolitan Opera: Les Troyens, by Berlioz

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: An Organist’s Yearbook.

Sunday, noon: From the Top.

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Works of Mozart and Enesco.