Classics: “That’s SO Last Century!”

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra launches the 2010-2011 season with music from the 20th century.

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Music director Charles Latshaw conducts the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

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Classics I - "That's SO Last Century"

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Charles Latshaw, conductor


St. Marks Methodist Church

Saturday October 2, 2010 7:30 pm

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra opens its 2010-2011 season with a concert with a catchy title: “That’s SO Last Century.”

More Catchy Titles

Conductor Charles Latshaw explains the reason for the title of the opening show. “We put together programs with musical and extra-musical themes and then shared them with our marketing group.”

Together they came up with this week’s title. The season continues with similarly intriguing titles: “A German, a Russian and a Finn…,” “Grunts, Squawks, ‘n’ Roars! Animals in Music” (for kids), “Back Home Again in Indiana” (with the Bedford–North Lawrence High School), and “Violapalooza.”

Not Quite SO Last Century

“Actually, although we did like the sound of ‘That’s SO Last Century,’ and the music does come from what we now call the 1900s, American music doesn’t pigeonhole itself by date. Morton Gould’s American Salute has strong roots and would be just a bit outside for the 1800s. Samuel Barber’s Essay No. 1 does sound more modern, but in a sort of classic way. An American in Paris is perhaps the piece that has the broadest reach in styles, sounds and rhythms.”

The choral offering of the evening is a special favorite of Latshaw’s. “I sang Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, his setting of Frost poems, in college, and they’ve really stuck with me. There’s a great story about the premiere of the piece. Robert Frost was there, and when it was over, he stood up and loudly said, ‘Sing it again!’ We’ll probably only sing it once, but the BSO is very happy to be joined by the chorus led by Sue Swaney for these pieces.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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