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The Dress Circle: Marches for March

As the result of a moment of silliness laced with a long-standing tradition of “calendar art,” this week’s Dress Circle (3/10 7:00 p.m.) will feature Marches for March, and we’re just letting you know that none of them actually have anything to do with the month!

As always, the fifteen pieces we’ve programmed will include both familiar and unfamiliar marches, so we’re hopefully offering listeners the opportunity to find some new works that they might want to pursue.

Victor Herbert’s “Babes in Toyland” offers what it probably the most well-known work in the “March of the Toys” which is often mislabeled as the “March of the Wooden Soldiers.” Although you might not know the musical “Where’s Charley” which is based on the popular play and film, “Charley’s Aunt,” you may have heard one of our favorite songs from the score, “The New Ashmolean Marching Society and Student Conservatory Band.”

Some of the works you may not be familiar with include an outtake from the film “The Harvey Girls,” a fabulous piece by David Shire from “The Return to Oz,” and a charming one from the score of British TV’s “The Darling Buds of May.”

We’ll also sample marches from some well and not too well-known operettas like “The Desert Song,” “The Student Prince,” and “The Three Musketeers” as well as other films and musicals.

Regardless of the month, these marches will surely give you an hour of interesting listening, so we’re hoping you’ll tune in this Sunday evening.

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Ted Otten is co-host of The Dress Circle
Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.
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