Schubert Club director Kathleen van Bergen leaving for Florida

Kathleen van Bergen, executive director of the Schubert Club, is leaving to become CEO of the The Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida. That’s according to this report in the Wall Street Journal.

As MPR reported, Van Bergen joined the Schubert Club in 2008, succeeding the late Bruce Carlson, who cemented the St. Paul organization’s reputation as one of the country’s premiere presenters of world-class artists.

Roll Credits: June 27, 2011 – Science Fiction

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The score was, according to its composer Louis Barron, a series of “bleeps, blurps, whirs, whines, throbs, hums, and screeches.” The character Robby the Robot cost $125,000 to build (this was 1956), and was the progenitor of later iconic actor-inhabited robots like C-3PO and R2-D2. Forbidden Planet was the first science fiction film to take place completely away from earth, and presumably the first whose plot was loosely based on a Shakepeare play (The Tempest).

This week’s Roll Credits, with Lynne Warfel and Bill Morelock, begins with Forbidden Planet’s bleeps, burps, etc., but quickly moves on to the household name space movies it helped spawn: Star Trek and Star Wars.

We also listen to Bernard Herrmann’s score to The Day the Earth Stood Still; John Williams pays “tribute” to two prominent European composers; and Bill deals with issues surrounding his apparent descendants in The Time Machine (the H.G. Wells’ monster-species is spelled differently though; a saving grace.)

Hope you enjoy Roll Credits, the Sci-fi edition.


Louis & Bebe Barron – Forbidden Planet

John Mauceri, conductor

Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

Alexander Courage – Star Trek–The Television Show

John Williams, conductor

The Boston Pops

Jerry Goldsmith – Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Jerry Goldsmith, conductor

London Symphony

Marius Constant – Theme from The Twilight Zone

Erich Kunzel, conductor

Cincinnati Pops

Ennio Morricone – The Thing

Paul Bateman, conductor

The City of Prague Philharmonic

Bernard Herrmann – The Day the Earth Stood Still

Bernard Herrmann, conductor

National Philharmonic

Alex North – Fanfare for 2001: A Space Odyssey

Erich Kunzel, conductor

Cincinnati Pops

Erich Wolfgang Korngold – King’s Row, Main Title

Charles Gearhardt, conductor

National Philharmonic

John Williams – Star Wars, Main Theme

John Williams, conductor

Boston Pops

Dvorak – Piano Tri in e minor “Dumky”: VI

Beaux Arts Trio

John Williams – E.T. Flying Theme

John Williams, conductor

Boston Pops

Klaus Badelt – The Time Machine: Morlocks Attack

Studio Orchestra

Bill Conti – The Right Stuff

Erich Kunzel, conductor

Cincinnati Pops

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Never Stop Singing, Minnesota

“Never Stop Singing” is a TV documentary on the remarkable culture of choral music that has grown up in Minnesota, with contributions from Dale Warland, Dr. Anton Armstrong, Philip Brunelle, and their choirs–to name just a few. It’s been shown on television, with future airings scheduled, but for immediate gratification, you can now view it online here.

Antonio Stradivarius v. Bach Stradivarius

It’s a Stradivarius violin known as the “Lady Blunt,” named after Lord Byron’s granddaughter who once owned it.

The violin was just sold by the Nippon Music Foundation of Japan.

They’re donating the proceeds to tsunami relief.

And it’ll provide a lot of relief; the Strad sold for the record price of $16 million.

Now for a little cost comparison: many professional trumpeters play a model called the Bach Stradavarius trumpet. It sells for about $2500 new.

So, for the price of one $16 million Stradivarius violin, you could buy 6400 Bach Stradivarius trumpets. That’s enough trumpets to play a new one every day for 17 ½ years!

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Please turn off all cell phones and mobile devices…

How many times have we heard that at a concert or play? And yet inevitably a phone goes off at a quiet moment, or someone checks their email right next to you shining that evil little blue light in your eyes.

Last Friday night at Orchestra Hall, a cell phone interrupted one of the most sublime moments in Copland’s Appalachian Spring, destroying both Osmo Vanska and the orchestra’s concentration and surely the audience’s as well.

Now the “Queen’s Composer” Sir Maxwell Davies is fighting back. He’s branded people who use mobile phones during concerts vandals and “artistic terrorists” and wants them to be fined.

A memorable year with Cantus

A note from Alison Young

Cantus photo by Luke Taylor
MPR Photo / Luke Taylor

We’re bringing an amazing year with our Artists-in-Residence Cantus to a close, and what a year it’s been.

These guys are about the nicest and coolest guys you’d want to know — and they make spectacular music together. I had a chance to go “out-state” with the fellas to host their concerts. I learned a lot about how they work together. For instance, since there’s no Music Director, Cantus functions like a democracy; if something doesn’t sound quite right, they just correct things quickly and directly and no one gets their feelings hurt (most of the time!); when planning a program, they assign a “producer” to take charge of the piece and essentially fight for it!

I also had the opportunity to get to know them as friends — we had a few meals together, played cards one night into the wee hours and they even let me in the Cantus van — but only once!

Yesterday, Sunday June 19, 2011, Cantus gave a free concert over at Lake Harriet. It was packed and the skies even cleared in time for a sunny afternoon of a good mix of both classical and pop. Some of the best moments were Bass Chris Foss playing guitar and doing his signature Cash imitation in “Ring of Fire;” Tenor Paul Rudoi belting out Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around Comes Around;” Shazore Shah kicked off the cantus hit that brought a whole gang of folks to the Cantus table to buy a disc, “Wanting Memories;” Tim Takach and Gary Ruschman bringing us to tears with a song of lost love, “Pretty Saro” and Aaron Humble and Matt Tintes got the mood up with a rousing “They Call the Wind Maria.”

Cantus photo by Luke Taylor
MPR Photo / Luke Taylor

The audience stood up and cheered — some even held up their cell phones in a little nod to rock concerts, so the boys flew back out and gave them what they wanted — an encore; The Doobie Brothers “Listen to the Music” to which everyone (including this 1970’s gal) sang along too.

What a great way to end the season — thanks to each of your guys in Cantus for making it a most memorable year!

Cantus photo by Luke Taylor
MPR Photo / Luke Taylor

Roll Credits: June 20, 2011 – The Year 1939

Listen to Roll Credits for Monday June 20, 2011:

Gone With the Wind

Let the spirit of boilerplate movie trailer narrative guide us:

In a world dominated by the classics, an intrepid band of composers, speaking with a cinematic accent, emerges once a week during high summer, to evoke tribal tales of cowboys, and comedies, and Kansas tornadoes.

And, as you know–since they’re your tales, and your memories–so much more.

On Monday nights all summer long, we’ll steal an hour from the Canon of classical music, and get away to the movies.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Lynne Warfel, an unabashed fan (as she’ll confess to all the world!) of film scores and their stories, will join me. And to get started tonight, we’ll look into what was in the Hollywood water on the eve of World War II. The single year 1939 gave us Gone With the Wind, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Of Mice and Men, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and The Wizard of Oz, among others. Steiner, Herrmann, Copland, Tiomkin, Arlen. And that’s just the beginning.

Join us Mondays at 8 for Roll Credits, on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

The Wizard of Oz