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Classics for Kids Foundation seeks support...

Thanks in advance for helping to spread the word about this worthy cause. In response to the decline of support for string instrument programs serving school-age children around the country, Classics for Kids Foundation was founded with a mission to create and support these programs through matching grants for quality new instruments. Since its inception, CFKF has supported more than 120 programs to kids in more than 30 states from Alaska to Maine. Thus far, it has provided string instruments valued at $1.5 million, and its programs are growing at an average rate of 25% annually. In 2013, CFKF created the CD label KidsClassics, providing an additional opportunity to support the Foundation through net proceeds of its CD sales and downloads. The two premiere KidsClassics releases are: The Muir String Quartet in quartets by Fritz Kreisler, Erwin Schulhoff and Alban Berg (KidsClassics #201301); and Viennese Gems with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, pianist Judith Lynn Stillman, and cellist Reynolds in Beethoven’s Trio, Opus 38 (after the Septet) and the Zemlinky Clarinet Trio (KidsClassics #201302).

Claudio Abbado, Influential Italian Conductor, Dies at 80

Claudio Abbado, a conductor whose refined interpretations of a large symphonic and operatic repertory won him the directorships of several of the world’s most revered musical institutions — including La Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic — died on Monday, January 20, 2014. He was 80.NYTimes Obit
Warm, loving and generous in his relationships, Claudio Abbado inspires tremendous devotion and loyalty in his loved ones.

JOHN TAVENER 1944 - 2013

John Tavener, a British composer known for his meditative, sometimes passionate sacred works and colorfully scored orchestral pieces — including the popular cello concerto “The Protecting Veil,” and the haunting “Song for Athene,” which was performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales — died on Tuesday, 12 November 2013,  at his home in Child Okeford, in southern England. He was 69.
The British composer John Tavener in 2007 at his home in Dorset, in southern England. Mr. Tavener, a composer informed by Orthodox Christianity, was heard throughout the world in his elegy, performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales...NYTimes Obit | Home Page

Sir John Kenneth Tavener (28 January 1944 – 12 November 2013) was a British composer, known for his extensive output of religious works, including The Whale, "The Protecting Veil" and "Song for Athene". He began as a prodigy; in 1968, at the age of 24, he was described by The Guardian as "the musical discovery of the year", while The Times said he was "among the very best creative talents of his generation." During his career he became one of the best known and popular composers of his generation. Tavener was knighted in 2000 for his services to music and won an Ivor Novello Award...Wikipedia

Composer, conductor, music educator...H OWEN REED has died at 103 years of age

H. Owen Reed died at Arbor Terrace, in Athens, Georgia on Monday, January 6, 2014. OBIT. He was born in Odessa, Missouri on June 17, 1910.
If you ever played a musical instrument and were involved in a concert band ensemble, chances are you’ve performed his highly accessible and engaging music. Herbert Owen Reed a native of the American Midwest – born in 1910 and raised in Missouri not far from Kansas City. His family had musical interests; his father was a country fiddler and his mother played the piano.  
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Feb, 2003 Composer, G Steinke, MUSIClassical, editor, RACampbell, with H. O. Reed

BBC launches modern classical music website

BBC Four has made a host of programmes about 20th-century music permanently available to watch in a new online Modern Classical Music Collection. The television programmes in the collection include an interview with the American composer John Adams, a concert of music by Philip Glass performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a BBC Proms performance of music by Michael Berkeley, Benjamin Britten and Vaughan Williams. Introducing the collection on the website, broadcaster and writer Clemency Burton-Hill says: ‘If you’re prepared to open your mind, limber up your brain, and go on an auditory, sensory and intellectual adventure through some of the most fascinating cultural figures of the past hundred or so years, I’m confident you’ll find much about this collection that is rewarding, illuminating, provoking and beautiful.’
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Rachel Barton Pine: Violin Lullabies The Chicago violinist (and new mom) plays pieces from around the world specifically composed as lullabies,

Selections by violinist Rachel Barton Pine newly added to the playlists of several of our radio stations from her new album VIOLIN LULLABIES from Cedille Records. Pine and her sensitive pianist, Matthew Hagle, include several famous lullabies, including those by Brahms, Schubert, Faure and Gershwin (“Summertime”). Others may come as a surprise: the “Berceuse Écossaise (Scottish Lullaby)” by Ludwig Schwab is a delightful Scottish accent; Oror (Lullaby), by a young Alan Hovhannes is colored with Eastern exoticism; and the lullaby from Stravinsky’s Firebird may not soothe a child to sleep, but it’s certainly enthralling on its own terms. The album’s dramatic centerpiece may be William Grant Still’s Mother and Child, full of sweep and drama. Excellent liner notes complete the package.
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