Sunday, November 19, 2006

Music (again), TV and PBS

The footballs games shown on local TV today were both stinkers (Raiders and 49ers), so I spun around the dial looking for something to catch my fancy.

I found something much better than that.

PBS (with assistance from the SF orchestra and KQED) has a fabulous series called Keeping Score. Aaron Copland's life and music are explored. It was immediately followed by a Keeping Score performance where:

Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in Aaron Copland's “Appalachian Spring,” selections from Igor Stravinsky's “The Firebird” and a full performance of Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring.”
I completely enjoyed listening to this while working around the house this afternoon. Don't miss watching it when it's broadcast on a PBS station near you.