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"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." (Leonard Bernstein)
The essence of this music is, nearly always, to disturb you. It is emphatically not Muzak; it is not "relaxing" background noise. The point is, with varying degrees of subtlety, to disrupt conventions and unexamined habits of thought and perception, to try to lead you to hear, see, and think in new directions.
Composed music from all over the world, from 25 centuries ago to works premiered yesterday. Familiar works in extraordinary performances; special rarely-heard music; comparisons of performers, styles, and traditions with context from history, politics, art, philosophy, science, and culture; and the occasional live concert -- all presented in an irreverent personal style.
The show has been on air at Co-op Radio since 1978, making it the longest running classical radio show in Canada -- possibly even the world.
Contact: westcoastclassics [which is at] telus.net