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The Lost Chord: March 8 - Magma Come Loudly

For Alan Hovhaness’ birthday, brush up on your volcanology.  Hovhaness was inspired to write his Symphony No. 50, “Mount St. Helens,” in the wake of Helens' cataclysmic 1980 eruption, the deadliest in U.S. history.  Leifs’ “Hekla,” requiring 19 percussionists and a battery of unconventional instruments, has been called the loudest piece of classical music ever written.  If there was a degree awarded for distinguished achievement in volcanic music, these composers would have graduated magma come loudly.  Prepare to be blown away, this Sunday at 10 pm.