July 30, 2008

NPR features Dead Sympony No. 6

NPR’s Scott Simon in last Saturday’s Weekend Edition show (July 26) interviewed composer Lee Johnson about the upcoming premiere of his Dead Symphony No.6 by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It happens this Friday AUGUST 1. To listen to the interview go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92932316

Johnson talks about the piece’s origins describing it as a symphony based on American culture. (Here’s the sequence: Dead Overture, Saint Stephen, Here Comes Sunshine, Mountains of the Moon, Blues for Allah, Sugar Magnolia, To Lay Me Down, If I Had the World to Give, Stella Blue, Bird Song, China Doll, and a Dead Finale.)

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