December 11, 2003 - COMMENTARY
Today is Hector Berlioz's bicentennial - he was born on December 11, 1803. The Canadian Broadcast Corporation's Radio 2 is devoting the entire day to music
of Berlioz as well as interviews with people who are speaking about Berlioz and his world. At some point during the day, I will be heard on the program speaking
about Berlioz's use of brass instruments, in particular the serpent and ophicleide. You can hear this program on the internet by going to the
CBC Radio 2 'Berlioz Fantastique' page where the program can be heard via RealAudio, Quicktime or
Windows Media Player.
Also, I have just gotten word that
WGBH Radio in Boston would like to record and broadcast the New England Brass Band concert that will take place at the Andover
Free Christian Church (Andover, Massachusetts) on Saturday, December 20. This is an exciting thing for the band and we are delighted that WGBH will be at our
concert to capture the unique sound of the New England Brass Band. Selections from the concert will be broadcast during the day on December 24. WGBH radio can also be heard live on the internet through the
WGBH Radio website.