December 11, 2003 It's the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Hector Berlioz. NPR's Tom Huizenga reports on Berlioz' life and works, including the wildly emotional Symphonie Fantastique.
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June 5, 2003 It was one of the catchiest, most familiar — perhaps most maddening — tunes to come out of the 20th century. It was heard in cartoons and accompanied plate spinners on the Ed Sullivan Show. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of composer Aram Khachaturian's birth, NPR's Tom Huizenga profiles the man behind "Sabre Dance".
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January 5, 2003 NPR's Tom Huizenga reports on Buffalo Philharmonic music director Joann Falletta's rediscovery of American composer Frederick Shepherd Converse. Converse, born on this day in 1871, was best known for his orchestral tone poems written around the turn of the century. Falletta has brought his music back to life on a recent CD called Converse: The Mystic Trumpeter (Naxos 8.559116).
October 19, 2002 Singer-songwriter Robin Holcomb has just released a new CD, called The Big Time (Nonesuch) We have a review from NPR producer Tom Huizenga. He writes about music for the Washington Post.
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