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Reed Hessler

Reed Hessler

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Reed is WBJC's evening host. His full bio can be read here.

Jan. 07 2013

Sibelius Rocks (Part 1?)

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    Sibelius Rocks. I like him better than my argyle socks. At half past three, I heard him played on WBJC.   Sibelius Rules. But years ago he wasn’t taught in schools. A haughty bunch Of critics thought that he was out to lunch.   Sibelius Reigns. His music conjures lands of fiords and […]

Oct. 31 2012

Top 5 – Halloween Movies (Part 2)

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4) The Old Dark House, 1932, directed by James Whale, starring Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart, Ernest Thesiger, Raymond Massey, and Elspeth Dudgeon The most acclaimed horror films from the early days of sound were those produced by Universal Pictures in the early 1930’s: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, and The […]

Oct. 25 2012

Top 5 – Halloween Movies (Part 1)

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Since Halloween is near, I thought I would share with you my top five favorite horror movies. We certainly have come a long way since I was a child in terms of what is permissable for public viewing. The other day I saw the rotting corpse of a zombie from The Walking Dead on the front […]

Oct. 16 2012

Top 5 – Not

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Here are my top five reasons for not doing a top five: 1) I take forever to make up my mind.                                                                                 2) Once I make up my mind, I don’t have five things but twenty.                                                                        3) I drive my wife crazy for the next three days obsessing over what I’m going to say.                           4) I’m […]

Sep. 27 2012

It Was a Good Summer

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  Does anyone ever get over the feelings of our childhood, when as school children we anticipated the arrival of our summer vacation with heart palpitating impatience, and greeted the inevitable return to classes in September with both wistful resistance and the thrill of new beginnings. As Joni Mitchell said in her song “Urge for Going”, […]

Jul. 25 2012

Genealogy 101

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This past March I wrote a blog entitled “Discovering Lancaster” about the trip my wife and I took last summer to Carlisle and Lancaster, Pennsylvania to research my family genealogy. As promised, I am returning with the first in a series of blogs about what we discovered. I wondered at first whether my family tree […]

Jul. 11 2012

My First Time …

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    For my reminiscenses on how I “got the bug” for classical music, check out my earlier blog “Discovering Classical Music” and my bio. But as an overview and focus on my “first time”: my parents were both musicians and music teachers, so I was exposed to music since before I can remember. My earliest experiences were […]

May. 03 2012

Harry Smith and the Music that Changed the World

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Harry Smith is not even mentioned in the Grove Dictionary of Music, but he may have been the biggest influence on popular music of the past half century. And he was not even a musician. A true eccentric, Smith was a resident of New York’s Greenwich Village for most of his life. He was an artist, […]

Apr. 26 2012

Some of My Best Friends are Contemporary Composers

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  Continuing my comments on contemporary composers begun a few blogs ago, one could certainly write a book, or indeed fill several library shelves with books on the topic. Come to think of it, some people already have. Sometime around the 1970’s composers began to notice no one wanted to hear their music. Nonetheless, symphony orchestras […]

Apr. 18 2012

Standing Out in a Crowd

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We live in a golden age of chamber music ensembles, not only string quartets, but established piano trios and piano quartets, which would have been unheard of half a century ago. The bar is high. No one gets away with vague intonation or rhythm any more. Ensemble means just that; a group must sound like a […]