Daniel Johns was born; John Lennon took a new middle name; the Who performed 'Tommy' at the Bolton Institute of Technology; the Blues Brothers made their debut; Peter Frampton comes alive at age 65; and the Troggs released a 'wild' tune that left its mark on garage and punk rock, Today in Music History.
Easter Sunday would not be complete without Handel's 'Messiah.' Listen at noon Sunday as Classical MPR presents the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Singers, an international cast of soloists and conductor Jeanette Sorrell in an encore performance of this holiday spectacular.
There are two Pulitzer Prizes being awarded to musicians this year: the regular prize, to composer Ellen Reid, and a Special Citation for the late Aretha Franklin. Also in the news today: Mick Jagger's bouncing back, Fender designs 'Game of Thrones' guitars, and a Paris crowd respond to the Notre-Dame fire with healing song.
This week on New Classical Tracks, Nicholas McGegan, director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, shares insights into the world premiere recording of the original version of Rameau's 'Le Temple de la Gloire.'