What would you want to hear for your last commute?

Longtime listener Patrick K. wrote in, telling the story of his daily commute home. After 20+ years at the same job, he’s retiring, and was wondering what Friday Favorites host Steve Staruch might recommend for his final Friday Favorites as a commuter on March 29, 2013.

His note:

Hi Steve,

For Friday Favorites this week, I wonder if you could play something to help me celebrate my final commute? I’ve been making the drive from Ramsey to MSP Airport–and back–for the better part of 20 years, and Classical MPR has been my “buffer” along those thousands of bumper-to-bumper miles. And Friday Favorites has been there for many of the wearisome end-of-the-week treks home.

I retire on Monday – April Fools Day. No joke! And so on my last Friday evening commute, I’d like to hear something that celebrates the journey. . . .

(I know it is Good Friday, so I’ll understand if a little self-indulgence doesn’t make the cut.)

As is somewhat customary at Classical MPR, Steve sent an email to the staff asking for their suggestions, and they came pouring in.

Morning host John Birge had this to say:

Adams Short Ride is always good. Copland Sunday Traffic.

Also, this quote:

“You can’t possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven’s Seventh and go slow.”

 -Oscar Levant, explaining his way out of a speeding ticket

Overnight host and producer Valerie Kahler:

American in Paris recommends itself with those taxi horns.

Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

The last bit of Peter Hope’s Momentum Suite?

One of the Moto Perpetuos? (I dig the Sergei Nakariakov one, even though I was disappointed to learn he wasn’t doing circular breathing)

And ever the movie maven, weekend host Lynne Warfel suggested

The Theme from “Airport” (Alfred Newman).

What do you think we should play?

Suggest a Friday Favorite song for longtime listener Patrick! We want to celebrate his final work commute on the 29th. When you think of pieces that speak to travel, change, or celebration, what comes to mind?

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Highlights from March 26 to April 2

Tuesday, 7 pm: Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, with the South Dakota Chorale.

Wednesday, noon hour: Music with Minnesotans: Marina and Evgeny Liberman, from St. Paul’s Moscow on the Hill.

Wednesday, 6 pm: Reflections on Holy Week, with Dale Warland.

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Recorded at the American Choral Directors Association conference in the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Boychoir, the Concordia Choir, and a mass-choir finale.

Thursday, 7 pm: The Rose Ensemble and Voces8 in the Mass by Renaissance master Gery de Ghersem.

Friday,7 pm: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, with the King’s College Choir.

Saturday, 11:30 am: Metropolitan Opera: Verdi’s La Traviata.

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Let the Round Earth Rejoice

Sunday, noon: From the Top.

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sunday, 8 pm: From Darkness to Light: A Celebration of Easter Sunday.

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Tuesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: Pianist Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet.

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Highlights from March 19 to March 26

Wednesday, noon hour: Music with Minnesotans: Paul Danicic, from Friends of the Boundary Waters.

Wednesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The Berlin Philharmonic.

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han play Brahms at a Schubert Club/Music in the Park concert.

Thursday, 7 pm: Bach’s B Minor Mass with the National Lutheran Choir (live broadcast).

Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Music of Hindemith, Ravel, and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Saturday, 11 amnoon: Metropolitan Opera: Verdi’s La Forza del Destino (archival broadcast).

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Bach, Old and New

Sunday, noon: From the Top.

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Haydn and Handel Society, in Handel’s Israel in Egypt.

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Frank Martin and Beethoven, with conductor/pianist Christian Zacharias.

Tuesday, 7 pm: Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, with the South Dakota Chorale.

On the Air This Week

Highlights from March 12 to March 19

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The South Dakota Chorale sings Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude.

Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Symphonies by Schubert and Rachmaninoff.

Saturday, 9 am: Bach Bash.

Saturday, 11 am: Metropolitan Opera: Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini.

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Maximum Reger Finesse and Fury

Sunday, noon: From the Top.

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, with conductor Gustavo Dudamel and violinist Gil Shaham.

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Clyne, Kim, and Schubert.

On the Air This Week

Highlights from March 6 to March 12

Wednesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: Ensemble Matheus.

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The St. Thomas Choir (New York), performing music of Tallis at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis.

Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Gilbert Varga leads works by Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Schumann.

Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Verdi’s Don Carlo.

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: In the News.

Sunday, noon: From the Top.

Sunday, 2 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: La Pasión Según san Marcos, by Osvaldo Golijov.

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Scriabin, Bridge, Schoenberg and Berg.