Thursday, March 25, 2010

Orchestra maps season of mystery

When Leif Bjaland starts talking music, you can bet the conversation will take on an alluring melody of its own.

Bjaland is the artistic director of the Sarasota Orchestra. When I chatted with him for a story about the organization’s season announcement last week, he had me intrigued by some of next year’s highlights.

There’s live music from Alfred Hitchcock films that will be presented with footage from Hitchcock thrillers. There’s also the “Invention of the American Sound” program, which will present how Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland came to create the nation’s trademark sound.

But last week’s story didn’t tell you about another interesting season twist.

Found out this mysterious musical twist in my column in the Bradenton Herald Sunday.

- January Holmes

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