· 16. October 2019
Our Golden Era Recorded Music project continues tonight (Wednesday, Oct 16) with one hour of music by three great female vocalists: ELLA FITZGERALD, DINAH WASHINGTON and JULIE LONDON. The incredible legacy of GOLDEN ERA recordings on vinyl is enriched by these three artists in ways we will explore by listening to their ORIGINAL LP records. The personal and artistic story of each artist will frame the music listening. This is just one of many programs about jazz and popular music that we have...
· 09. October 2019
Tonight our GERM program will take a new path through the amazing forest of vinyl LP records: OPERA IN AN HOUR. This is the first time that we will present the story of a noted opera with musical highlights and historical commentary. The LP format, because of its 12" x 12" box size often included sumptuous visual illustrations of the opera stage sets and costumes and the London recording of ROSENKAVALIER that we will be hearing tonight is one of the best. Color reproductions of the original...
· 01. October 2019
Wednesday (tomorrow) the Golden Era Recorded Music project will present for our listening selections from superb LP recordings of 5 great guitarists. LES PAUL and CHET ATKINS perform together on a stunning RCA LP. Les Paul is a legend among guitar enthusiasts, not only for his musicality but for his very original playing technique and innovations. Chet Atkins was a hugely popular performer, largely on the country stage and this record shows him to perfection. ERIC CLAPTON is one of the leaders...
· 12. September 2019
BILLY STRAYHORN & DUKE ELLINGTON: The great American composer collaborated with DUKE ELLINGTON for the last years of his tragically short life. Together they made three notable LP albums that put them in a unique avant-garde niche for jazz creators. We will sample all three, ending with the posthumous AND HIS MOTHER CALLED HIM BILL. FIBHORN GALLERY, 21 Thomson Ave, Glens Falls. 7-8 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Tea and refreshments will be served.
· 09. September 2019
THE WORLD'S GREATEST CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: the LONDON HENRY WOOD PROMENADE CONCERTS! All NINE WEEKS of concerts are broadcast world-wide by the BBC. The audiences are huge, the music is of the highest calibre and the whole series culminates with the LAST NIGHT at the PROMS: this year on Saturday, September 14. Standing room only in ROYAL ALBERT HALL! The traditional "prommers" bring noisemakers and their lusty cheering voices to a unique program of symphonic and vocal pieces. STEVE SULLIVAN...
· 04. September 2019
NAT KING COLE LIVE! The only live recording of this great musician was made in Las Vegas (January, 1960) in the wee hours of the morning (2:30 to 5:00 am!) for a select audience of his entertainer colleagues. Nat was witty, charming and dazzling with his voice and at the piano. We will be playing a vivid LP recording on all-tube gear, featuring our FIBHORN speakers and a rare custom pre-amplifier using vintage tubes. FIBHORN GALLERY, 21 Thomson Ave, Glens Falls. 7-8 pm. The event is free and...
· 21. August 2019
TWO GREAT UNFINISHED SYMPHONIES: Schubert's & Mahler's TENTH. Both Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler died in the midst of creating their TENTH SYMPHONIES; Schubert in 1828 and Mahler in 1911. These unfinished manuscripts have been a source of mystery and wonder for music historians since the premature death of both composers. We will tell the story of their symphonies and how their last musical thoughts were brought to life by amazing forensic musical research. Both Schubert and Mahler were...
· 19. August 2019
A 1952 New York concert created by the impresario Norman Granz was the "peace summit" between the radical (and angry) young Be Bop jazz musicians (Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk etc) and the Old Guard jazz veterans of the Duke Ellington band era of the 1920s & 30s. We will hear extended excerpts from this concert, at which the Be Boppers and Old Guard joined forces for a memorable evening of ecstatic music-making. A touch of the great Charlie Parker blowing solo will finish the...
· 13. August 2019
Tonight we will be listening to the three albums on vinyl that careful listeners consider to be the BEST of Cat Stevens: MONA BONE JAKON (1969), TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN (1970) and TEASER AND THE FIRECAT (1971). This British musician was hospitalized in the late 1960's for nearly one year and near death; a miraculous recovery ushered in for him a flood of song-writing and a solo performing career that spawned these three LPs. Poetic imagery of spiritual struggle and growth emerge from his lyrics,...
· 06. August 2019
This week the project will explore music from INDIA: RAVI SHANKAR, sitar master, plays ragas both solo and with the noted English violinist Yehudi Menuhin. These classic EMI recordings are absolutely stunning; we will hear the musicians sound as if they are ALIVE and IN THE ROOM. The vinyl is that good! My Pakastani friend Zahira will be there to tell us what it was like to grow up with this music. For a brief coda, we will hear the American RY COODER and his bottleneck guitar play with another...