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Music Played in Today's Program

John Philip Sousa (1854 - 1932) The Washington Post March Dallas Wind Symphony; Jerry Junkin, cond. Reference 94

John Philip Sousa (1854 - 1932) Peaches and Cream Foxtrot Cincinnati Pops; Erich Kunzel, cond. Moss MMG-10005

On This Day


  • 1763 - Baptismal date of German composer Franz Danzi, in Mannheim;

  • 1843 - Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, in Bergen;

  • 1864 - French composer Guy Ropartz, in Guingamp, Brittany;

  • 1894 - American composer and arranged Robert Russell Bennett, in Kansas City, Mo.;

  • 1900 - American composer Otto Luening, in Milwaukee, Wis.;


  • 1772 - French composer and organist Louis-Claude Daquin, age 77, in Paris;

  • 1893 - Hungarian opera composer Ferenc Erkel, age 82, in Budapest;


  • 1810 - Beethoven: "Egmont" Overture and Incidental Music, at the Court Theater in Vienna, as part of a production of Goethe's drama of the same name;

  • 1889 - Sousa: "Washington Post March," in Washington, D.C., outside the Smithsonian Institution, composer conducting the U.S. Marines Band;

  • 1914 - Miaskovsky: Symphony No. 1, in Pavlovsk (Julian date: June 2);

  • 1980 - David Byrne: "High Life for Strings,," at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, during the New Music America Festival;

  • 1989 - Michael Torke: ballet "Slate," at the New York State Theater, by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Hugo Fiorato;

  • 1991 - Thomas Oboe Lee: "Seven Jazz Pieces" for string quartet, at Brandeis University, by the Lydian String Quartet;

  • 1991 - David Ward-Steinman: "Cinnabar" for viola and piano, in Ithaca, N.Y., at the 19th Annual Viola Congress by violist Karen Elaine with the composer at the piano;


  • 1707 - J.S. Bach appointed organist at Blasiuskirche, Muehlhausen;

  • 1733 - In London the "Opera of the Nobility" is established by several noblemen and supported by the Prince of Wales, as a rival opera company to Handel's company, the "Royal Academy"; Porpora's opera "Arianna in Nasso" (Ariadne on Naxos) opens their first season on December 29th that year; The company folded in 1737, with its final opera performance on June 11, 1737, at the King's Theater in the Haymarket (The original home of Handel's company); These dates are all according to the Julian "Old Style" calendar still in use in England that year.

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Host John Birge presents a daily snapshot of composers past and present, with timely information, intriguing musical events and appropriate, accessible music related to each.

He has been hosting, producing and performing classical music for more than 25 years. Since 1997, he has been hosting on Minnesota Public Radio's Classical Music Service. He played French horn for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra and performed with them on their centennial tour of Europe in 1995. He was trained at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy.

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