'Mozart in the Jungle'
Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
Today's Featured Music Selection: 'The Mozart Quartet for Oboe and Strings'
Our featured music is referenced in the pages of Blair Tindall's eyebrow raising memoir of life among New York City freelance classical musicians Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs and Classical Music. Blair Tindall is our guest this hour on The Beat. The professional oboist turned journalist Blair Tindall was a great admirer of the late Soprano Arleen Auger. Both Blair and Arleen are North Carolina natives who pursued a path of professional lives in classical music. We'll hear singing from Arleen Auger and some of the repertory that is familiar to oboists and all classical music lovers: The Mozart Quartet for Oboe and Strings.
05:00 – 'Mozart in the Jungle'
From her debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall to the Broadway pits of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, Blair Tindall has played with some of the biggest names in classical music for twenty–five years. Now in Mozart in the Jungle, Tindall exposes the scandalous rock and roll lifestyles of the musicians, conductors, and administrators who inhabit the insular world of classical music. By weaving memoir with investigative arts journalism, Tindall shatters rhetoric about the arts in the United States –– in a real–life tale from a musician whose career paralleled America's late twentieth–century culture boom. Blair talks with Dave Beck.
33:00 – 'Management by Baseball'
47:00 – 'Sounds Familiar' with Amanda Wilde
Swing Years and Beyond Host Amanda Wilde talks with Megan Sukys about the long history of the song, The Merry Go Round Broke Down.