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Classical music in West Virginia and Beyond

Karl “Hoss” Cartwright in Paris

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · May 27, 2011

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Karl “Hoss” Cartwright’s madcap musical adventures continue in France, with music from the opera Orpheus in his Underwear and by beloved composer Hank Debussy (of Paris – both Texas and France).

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"Take This Jig and Shove It"
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"I’m So Lonesome I could Pleure"

Adventures in Good Country Music with Karl "Hoss" Cartwright

Written by Larry Groce
Karl “Hoss” Cartwright: John Kessler 

Piano and music arrangements: Eric Kitchen 
Vocals (Plastico Flamingo, et. al): Larry Groce 
Violin (Peggy Nini): Deni Bonet.

(c) Larry Groce and (p) West Virginia Public Radio 1987.

Special thanks to Andy Ridenour for sharing the cassette and to Paul Flaherty for digitizing it.

 

Previously on “Adventures in Good Country Music”

* Okie from Vienna
* They're Gonna Put Me in the Oratorio
* Bourbon and Water Music
* Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Valkyries
* The Round Mound of Profound Sound
* Waltzin’ Prison Blues

Researching Arvo Pärt

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · May 20, 2011

Dr. Marguerite Bostonia discovered Arvo Pärt’s music when she was preparing to do research for her doctorate at West Virginia University. She found one of his organ works on the shelf, and was intrigued by this composer whose music she knew nothing about. Through her research, she learned and heard quite a lot about Pärt and music.

She’s now written several papers about Pärt’s music, and she’s traveled to conferences to present them, including one where she met the composer.

Next week, she travels to Canterbury, England to present her paper “Bells and beyond: How tintinnabuli reflect meaning and iconic structures”at the Baltic Music and Musicologies Conference, at which Arvo Pärt will the guest composer in residence.

Dr. Bostonia and I spoke this week about her research and the appeal of Arvo Pärt’s music. You can hear our full conversation here:

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Dr. Marguerite Bostonia tslks about Arvo Pärt


When she returns, we hope to catch up and share some of her stories and pictures from the conference.

Previous Classically Speaking posts about Arvo Pärt:

 * Arvo Pärt Playlist (Happy 75!)

Arvo Pärt Portrait: Angèle Dubeau interview

 

More about Dr. Marguerite Bostonia:

Marguerite Bostonia, D.M.A, has devoted a lifetime to church music as an organist, organ teacher, conductor, soloist, and accompanist. As a founding member of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists, she has coordinated various introductory sessions to pipe organ in the community. One of these classes is “Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza” offered both privately and in the Community Arts Program, to help people of all ages learn about the “King of Instruments.”

She has also assisted in renovations of church pipe organs. Her experience with tower bell renovations was incorporated into her recent dissertation about the tintinnabuli style of contemporary composer Arvo Pärt. A native West Virginian, Marguerite received performance degrees in piano and organ from West Liberty State College and West Virginia University, and was the final candidate to receive a doctorate in organ under Dr. William Haller. As a member of Tre Claviers, Marguerite is part of a keyboard trio that has presented choral and solo programs in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan using organ, piano, and harpsichord. She currently is on the keyboard and theory faculty of West Virginia Wesleyan College where she also accompanies opera workshop.

 

Hello Everyone...and Howdy!

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · May 20, 2011

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This week, we have two more Adventures in Good Country Music with Karl “Hoss” Cartwright, who might bear a suspicious resemblance to a classical music radio host you may remember combined with the host of one of our favorite live performance radio shows.

Listen these episodes to hear some wrestling composers and Johnny Strauss's wild journey from saloons to salons.

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The Round Mound of Profound Sound

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Waltzin' Prison Blues

Until next week -- so long, and y'all come back, ya hear?

 

Adventures in Good Country Music with Karl "Hoss" Cartwright
Written by Larry Groce
Karl “Hoss” Cartwright: John Kessler
Piano and music arrangements: Eric Kitchen
Vocals (Plastico Flamingo, et. al): Larry Groce
Violin (Peggy Nini): Deni Bonet.

(c) Larry Groce and (p) West Virginia Public Radio 1987.

Special thanks to Andy Ridenour for sharing the cassette and to Paul Flaherty for digitizing it.

 

 

Previously on “Adventures in Good Country Music”

* Okie from Vienna
* They're Gonna Put Me in the Oratorio
* Bourbon and Water Music
* Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Valkyeries

 

 

Life & Death & Mahler in Wheeling

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · May 16, 2011

Lemminkainens Mother
Lemminkäinen's Mother by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1897) Finnish National Gallery

This Friday, the Wheeling Symphony’s final concert of the 2010-2011 season focuses on themes of life and death, in music by Richard Strauss (Four Last Songs), Jean Sibelius (The Swan of Tuonela), and Gustav Mahler (Symphony No. 1).It also wraps up a season that has focused on Gustav Mahler, marking the years of both his birth and death. 

Listen to Maestro Andre Raphel discuss the music and working with guest soloist Liane Coble for this concert:

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Interview with Maestro Andre Raphel

The concert is this Friday, May 20, at the Capitol Theater in Wheeling. Find concert details on their site.

Look ahead to next season by listening to a preview of the Wheeling Symphony’s 2011-2012 season and checking out a list of the concerts.  

More about the painting above and the artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela.

More Adventures in Good Country Music

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · May 13, 2011

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Karl “Hoss” Cartwright is back this week with music by George Frederic Jones and Ricky Wagner.
Enjoy! 


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Bourbon and Water Music

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Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Valkyries

Looking for more “Adventures in Good Country Music” with Karl "Hoss" Cartwright? Listen to the first two episodes here, and then check back next Friday!


Adventures in Good Country Music
with Karl "Hoss" Cartwright

Written by Larry Groce
Karl “Hoss” Cartwright: John Kessler
Piano and music arrangements: Eric Kitchen
Vocals (Plastico Flamingo, et. al): Larry Groce
Violin (Peggy Nini): Deni Bonet.

(c) Larry Groce and (p) West Virginia Public Radio 1987.

Special thanks to Andy Ridenour for sharing the cassette and to Paul Flaherty for digitizing it. 

Jukebox Heroes

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · May 12, 2011
National Jukebox

No quarters or dimes needed; you can spin the historical hits for free on the recently launched National Jukebox.

Check out Enrico Caruso and Nellie Melba singing Puccini.

Here are some of the details about the Jukebox from the Library of Congress:

“The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which has granted the Library of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings.

At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others.”

 

Want to know more about the upcoming opera? Browse the interactive version of the Victrola Book of the Opera.

You can explore by date with the Jukebox Day by Day, and see what was recorded on any given day of the year. Like this recording of aria from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte that was recorded on today’s date in 1922.

You can also wander by genre. I found the Mountaineer’s Song (I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again) in Traditional/Country, and the Victor Concert Orchestra’s recording of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in Classical. I think I'll check out the "Whistling" section next.


It’s not really procrastination…it’s educational and historical and stuff ;)  Have fun!

Mountain Stage Classical Connections

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · May 10, 2011

This week's Mountain Stage show on the radio includes Ra Ra Riot (who you might remember as the fun pop band with a violinist and cellist that I featured on Classically Speaking a few months ago). Find their show on the radio, check out their set on NPR Music, and check out my interview with Ra Ra Riot violinist Rebecca Zeller here on the Classically Speaking blog.  (Susan Werner is also on that show, and she has some classical connections of her own.)

 


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Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain on Mountain Stage, March 27, 2011

 Then next week on the radio, you can hear Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, and Zakir Hussain's performance on Mountain Stage from March. You can hear more of this great trio in the Performance Today archives, a recording from when they joined Fred Child on stage for a live interview and performance in Miami, Florida. You can also see them play a couple tunes over at NPR's Tiny Desk.

(Thanks to Chris for the tip on the Performance Today Facebook page about the Meyer/Fleck/Hussain performance from the PT archives!)

Karl “Hoss” Cartwright’s Greatest Hits

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · May 6, 2011

“Hello everyone, and howdy!

 Welcome to Adventures in Good Country Music…”

Karl Hoss Cartwright Casette


In the spirit of P.D.Q. Bach, Victor Borge, and Anna Russell, Mountain Stage used to include a feature called “Adventures in Good Country Music.” It’s a very funny spoof on the beloved classical music radio program “Adventures in Good Music” with Karl Haas. Only in this case, the host is Karl “Hoss” Cartwright and the featured composers include George Frederic Jones and Wolfgang Amadeus Haggard.

Here are two episodes to enjoy – be sure to come back for more Adventures in Good Country Music next Friday!

 

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Okie from Vienna

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They're Going to Put Me in the Oratorio



Adventures in Good Country Music
with Karl "Hoss" Cartwright

Written by Larry Groce
Karl “Hoss” Cartwright: John Kessler
Piano and music arrangements: Eric Kitchen
Vocals (Plastico Flamingo, et. al): Larry Groce
Violin (Peggy Nini): Deni Bonet.

(c) Larry Groce and (p) West Virginia Public Radio 1987.

Special thanks to Andy Ridenour for sharing the cassette and to Paul Flaherty for digitizing it. 

Rainy Day Rags

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · May 4, 2011
American Clarinet Music

I'm fighting the rainy day blues and blahs with an album of American music for clarinet and piano by Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu.

Check out samples and more information on Harmonia Mundi's site or Amazon. It's especially hard to stay sad with John Novacek's rag music playing.

The clarinet and piano "Four Rags for Two Jons" that are on the album aren't on YouTube, so here's Novacek playing another of his pieces.

John Novacek plays his rag "4th Street Drag"

WV Classical Calendar - May

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · May 2, 2011

May 2011

May has arrived with flowers (and still some of those spring showers), and a few concerts. Even as campuses are getting quieter as the semester ends and summer pops aren't yet in swing, there are still some good things to check out. Let me know if I'm missing anything!

 

May 1: Charleston Civic Chorus

May 1: Janis-Rozena Peri (WVU Community Music Faculty Recital) (interview)

May 1: WV Wesleyan College Concert Chorale

May 1: Alderson-Broaddus Brass in the Grass

May 1: Glenville State College Honor Band

May 2: WV State University Choir

May 3: Fairmont State University Collegiate Singers and Community Chorus - Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle

May 3: WV State University Wind Ensemble

May 3: Charleston Civic Chorus (Oak Hill)

May 3: Glenville State College Jazz Band

May 4: Fairmont State University Percussion Ensemble

May 4: Shepherd University Preparatory Ensembles Concert

May 5: Fairmont State University Chamber Music Recital

May 5: WV State University Jazz Ensemble

May 6-7: From Broadway to Broadstreet - WV Symphony with Ryan Hardiman and Randall-Reid Smith

May 7: Shepherd University Preparatory Division Recital

May 9: West Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Chorale (Laurel, MD)

May 10: Tuesday with Fran: Fran Belin, piano; Leah Trent, recorder

May 10: Fairmont State University Wind Ensemble

May 11: Met Opera HD Encore: Strauss’s Capriccio (various locations)

May 14: Met Opera Live in HD: Wagner’s Die Walküre (various locations)

May 14: OPUS Chorale Spring Concert (Charleston)

May 15: Kanawha Organ Works Anniversary Recital

May 15: WV Youth Symphony Spring Concert

May 17: Wheeling Symphony String Quintet (7pm, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wheeling)

May 18: Met Opera HD Encore: Verdi’s Il Trovatore (various locations)

May 20: Wheeling Symphony with Lianne Coble, soprano

May 21: WV Symphony Chorus (Charleston)

May 21: WV Symphony Idol Auditions

May 22: WV Symphony Chorus (Huntington)

May 28: Buckhannon Choral Society (WV Wesleyan College)

May 29: Montclaire String Quartet “Spring Idyll”

 

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