GERM Project · 18. March 2020
We regret that circumstances have made it impossible to continue with our GOLDEN ERA RECORDED MUSIC project on Wednesday evenings for the next few weeks, due to present concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The scheduled programs for the next 2 weeks will be presented on different dates, to be announced.
GERM Project · 11. March 2020
With special guest host Steve Sullivan! Says Steve about this week's program: Some folks tell me, "I never listen to classical music." But, when I ask about film scores of favorite movies, they often swoon, "Oh, I love that music!" "Well," I tell them, "that's classical music." "Really?" they say. Yes, really. And, make no mistake--it's not like classical music. It is classical music, written by classical composers for 19th-century classical orchestras. This week, we'll take lots of puzzle...
GERM Project · 04. March 2020
Tonight (Wednesday, March 4) the Golden Era Recorded Music project at THE LISTENING PLACE, 21 Thomson Ave, GF, will present "MAHLER FRA DIABLO," a 1 hour exploration of the least known and least understood symphony by this fascinating and radical composer. Composed in 1904-05, the SEVENTH SYMPHONY was premiered in 1908 and the noted conductor OTTO KLEMPERER (a young musician just at the beginning of his remarkable career) was an assistant to Mahler himself at rehearsals. Over 50 years later...
GERM Project · 25. February 2020
Our GERM project continues on WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, from 7 to 8 pm at THE LISTENING PLACE, 21 Thomson Ave, GF. Every week, we explore an aspect of the enormously rich recorded music culture from 1948 to 1988. This was the era of the ANALOG LP RECORD and the Earth's astonishingly rich and varied musical culture was captured beautifully by this supreme recording technology. Western Classical, Balinese Gamelan, American Pop Styles, Jazz, Indian Ragas... WE PLAY IT ALL on LP! This week we try to...
GERM Project · 19. February 2020
The GOLDEN ERA RECORDED MUSIC project continues tonight (Wednesday, Feb 12) from 7 to 8 pm at the LISTENING PLACE, 21 THOMSON AVENUE, GF. We will be hearing the VANISHED SONGS OF THE COWBOYS. These ballads of homesickness and lost love emerged on the Western prairies of Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska in the late 19th century and, with the invention of radio broadcasting in 1919, filled the after-dinner living rooms of America from coast to coast. The years of the Depression created a fertile...
GERM Project · 12. February 2020
Our GERM project continues this evening (Wed, February 12) with our second "Opera in an Hour" show. Tonight it is THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST by Giacomo Puccini. Premiered at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1910, this fascinating score has some of Puccini's most glittering, harmonically daring and richly scored music. And it might even be termed the first "Spaghetti Western!" Set in an 1850 California mining town, Act 1 is centered around Gold Rush miners who gather at the saloon to share...
GERM Project · 05. February 2020
The span of years from 1948 and the birth of the LP record to 1988 and its "official" death was the GOLDEN ERA. We are still discovering new and amazing inventions of musical culture from this epoch . . . and the end is not in sight. Our Golden Era Recorded Music project is exploring this entire world of musical beauty, week by week, and tonight we are presenting the first of two hour-long programs on the GRATEFUL DEAD. Guest presenter and avid follower of the band RON CURTIS will play music...
GERM Project · 29. January 2020
The Golden Era Recorded Music project meets tonight, Wed, Jan 29, from 7 to 8 pm at THE LISTENING PLACE, 21 Thomson Ave, GF. For those new to the program, the GOLDEN ERA started in 1948 with the introduction of the long-playing (LP) record and lasted until its nominal funeral in 1988. This 40 year span spawned a huge ocean of music on vinyl from every culture of our Blue Boat Home. . . . and we cast our net into this ocean every Wednesday to haul in musical beauty from EVERYWHERE. This week's...
GERM Project · 22. January 2020
Today's GERM show will present a LATE ANALOG (1986) LP by jazz great Wynton Marsalis, "THE MAJESTY OF THE BLUES." Wynton and his sextet will take us on a ride through his jazz extensions of a musical style that sprang from the Mississippi Delta . . . . the BLUES. These amazing sounds start in the tradition of the New Orleans Funeral Procession and end in pure unbuttoned joy. Along the way on this joyful ride, we will hear Wynton's forbearers: Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, the King Oliver Creole...
GERM Project · 15. January 2020
Our GERM project continues today, Wednesday Jan 15, 7-8 pm at the LISTENING PLACE, 21 Thomson Ave, Glens Falls. Each week we explore another facet of that stunning gem, the LP record during its 40 year history on Planet Earth. When stereophonic sound entered the home in the mid/late 1950s, people literally had to make room for it. If you already owned a "hi-fi" system and wanted to modernize to stereo, you had to move furniture to make room for a second speaker system, a second amplifier and a...

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