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'Music from Paradise' From PostClassical

PostClassical, The Classical Network's bi-monthly presentation of concert broadcasts of Washington DC-based PostClassical Ensemble, brings you "Music in Paradise" this Friday night (4/5 at 8 pm), looking at the influence of Balinese and Javanese gamelan music on Western composers. Enjoy excerpts from a concert given by PostClassical at the National Cathedral in a program including works by Colin McPhee and Lou Harrison.

Gamelan and Harrison scholar Bill Alves will join the series' regular co-hosts - Angel Gil-Ordonez, PostClassical Music Director; ensemble co-founder and music historian Joseph Horowitz; and Bill McGlaughin, host of Exploring Music.

BONUS Music- More music of  Lou Harrison included only in this webcast.

00:00 – Javanese gamelan; Debussy: “Pagodas” (Wan-Chi Su)
12:02 – Bill Alves on the Hindu roots of Balinese gamelan
14:05 – Balinese gamelan
18:50 – Introducing Colin McPhee
21:07 – McPhee: Two Ceremonial Dances (Benjamin Pasternack and Wan-Chi Su)
33:42 – McPhee: Nocturne for chamber orchestra (Dennis Russell Davis conducts Brooklyn Philharmonic)
44:53 – Messiaen: “Visions de L’amen,” movement one (Benjamin Pasternack and Wan-Chi Su)
52:22 – Alves: “Black Toccata” (Benjamin Pasternack and Wan-Chi Su)

Part 2

00:00 – “Stampede” from Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto (excerpt – Pasternack and PCE)
17:41 – Harrison Piano Concerto, movement one (Pasternack and PCE conducted by Gil-Ordonez)
33:28 – Harrison Piano Concerto, movement two (Pasternack/PCE)
45:04 – Harrison Piano Concerto, movements three and four (Pasternack/PCE)
1:00:24 – Harrison Suite (excerpts—Wan-Chi Su, Netanel Draiblate/PCE/Gil-Ordonez)
1:07:14 – Statement by Indonesian Ambassador Budi Bowoleksono

William McGlaughlin’s introduction to music came late; he was fourteen before he took his first piano lessons. "Happily, I understood immediately what a wonderful thing I’d stumbled into. I can remember thinking as I walked away from my second piano lesson — "Well, that’s it. I’ll be a musician. Of course, I had no idea what that decision meant exactly."