In the late 1980s I was an announcer at WHRB, the Harvard student radio station, hosting a program called Music Since 1900 and organizing "orgies," or comprehensive continuous surveys, of Britten, Nielsen, Shostakovich, Ligeti, and Mahler. On a more dubious note, I was responsible for an event called Schnorgy (works of Schnebel, Schnabel, and Schnittke) and an Ecstatic Radio Fantasia on Robert Ashley's "She Was a Visitor" (sample here). I'm ever grateful to WHRB for widening my musical horizons: as I recount in Listen to This, DJs in the station's jazz and rock departments broke down my lifelong resistance to non-classical music. WHRB — and in particular David Elliott, an alumnus and longtime guardian of the station — also led me to my present vocation: I made my debut as a music critic in a 1988 Program Guide, reviewing Robert Simpson's Sixth and Seventh Symphonies on Hyperion. Tomorrow afternoon (Nov. 10, 1-6PM) I'll be hosting Afternoon Concert on WHRB. My rather hectic playlist, ranging from the Eroica to Rothko Chapel, can be found below. Tomorrow evening I'll do a reading at Harvard Book Store.
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