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From Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries at WPRB: “SACRED BRIDGES” IV

“The fourth annual program: SACRED BRIDGES Wednesday April 4, 2012
presented during the time of important Jewish and Christian holidays, but focus is on music from multiple religious traditions rather than just two.

Dr Marvin Rosen


On this program of spiritual music you will hear Four Biblical Tableau by the Russian/American Composer, Aaron Avshalomov (1894-1964), Requiem and Resurrection by the American Composer, Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), Vous vous invitons a la Pere, Op. 58 by the Indian/English Composer, Hidayat Inyat Khan (1917- ), Miserere (2009) by Scottish Composer, James MacMillan (1959- ), Da Lamentatione Jeremiae by English Composer John Mundy (c. 1555-1630), Gurdjieff: Violin Concerto No. 2 by Australian Composer, Larry Sitsky (1934- ), Requiem by English Composer, Sir John Tavener (1944- ) plus music by Hermann Berlinski, Isabella Leonarda, Meira Warshauer and many others.

The program will also include a number of selections by the Greek/Armenian traveller, Mystic and Composer Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1877-1949)”

G.I. Gurdjieff
G.I. Gurdjieff

Listen in the Central New Jersey area at 103.3FM, or at

From Marvin Rosen and Classical Discoveries – Special Holiday Progamming Announced

Marvin “The Cat” Rosen

Here are pre-announcements of holiday programming.I hope to have more detailed announcements as these programs com up. However, just in case I slip up, you can keep track of Marvin’s programming by vising the Classical Discoveries web site.

I realize that these images are too small and not easy to read, they are the best I can accomplish. So, Please visit for a better view.

Classical Discoveries is to be found at WPRB, Princeton Community Radio 103.3FM and

From Marvin Rosen – a Pre Thanksgiving Treat

This Wednesday, November 23, 2011 from 5:30 till 11:00am

Classical Discoveries will present it’s 15th Annual program celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday with music of composers of the American Continent titled:


In this special program Classical Discoveries will present:
Time Machines for Violin and Orchestra (2007) by American Composer, Sebastian Currier (1959- ),
String Quartet No. 5 (2005) by American Composer, Jefferson Friedman (1974- ),
Mass for Saint Cecilia’s Day by American Composer, Lou Harrison (1917-2003),
Fantasia…sul un linguaggio perduto by Canadian Composer, Marjan Mozetich (1948- ),
Te Deum in stilo barocco for chorus and orchestra by Brazilian Composer, Amaral Vieira (1952- ),
An American Composer by American Composer, Gwyneth Walker (1947- )
plus music by Venezuelan composer Diana Arismendi, by American Composers Nancy Galbraith and Richard Yardumian plus many more.



This Wednesday, November 23, 2011 from 11:00am till 1:00PM


will continue on the Avant-Garde Edition

More music from American Continent like
Ballad Nocturne by American Composer Ann Millikan,
For Si by American Composer Christian Wolff (1934- )
plus music by American Composer Missy Mazzoli, Canadian Composer Robert Morin plus many others

WPRB 103.3 FM or on the internet

From Classical Discoveries at WPRB: Marvin Rosen Will Commemorate 9/11 With a Marathon

Marvin Rosen, the man behind Classical Discoveries, is a master at bringing to the public the music which best evidences its origins. So, what for this anniversary of 9/11?

The marathon starts: 
SATURDAY, September 10, 2011 – 7:00 PM and ends: 
 SUNDAY, September 11, 2011 – 7:00 PM

on WPRB 103.3FM Princeton and on Internet at:

“For the 10th anniversary of September 11, Classical Discoveries with Marvin Rosen will present a 24 hour live radio marathon, totally devoted to music written by composers from many countries as a reaction to the unforgettable events of that day.”

“Marvin has a very special story regarding 9/11.
He was actually on the air with a special program titled EAST MEETS WEST promoting a mutual understanding of music by different cultures. What a weird coincidence this was.

Since no phone lines were working he did not know about the events until 10:00am. 10:00 to 11:00am was mentally the most difficult 1 hour on the air in his broadcasting years.

Two days later he presented his own memorial tribute and later at different anniversaries a few more. As time progresed more and more composers wrote music inspired by the tragedy.The 5th anniversary program was totaly compiled by works written in the 21st Century.”

Recently, Marvin wrote at his blog,

“During the 24 hours of the Marathon you will hear many works submitted by composers specifically for this event. I want to thank Sequenza 21 and International Alliance for Women Composers as well as other websites who supported this call for recordings.

During the marathon there will be some works being broadcast for the first time as well many works presented on my program before such as the September Symphony by Wojciech Kilar that I presented for the first time in June, 2004, Elodie Lauten’s complete electronic work S.O.S.W.T.C., and Stephen Hartke’s Symphony No. 3 just to mention a few as well as an encore presentation of Robert Moran’s Trinity Requiem.

I know that this event will be a very difficult for me and every one else, but I do not know any other way I could commemorate this tragic happening, but with music.”

My Music Sources

These are my sources for music and information. If you have any suggestions for me, I would appreciate seeing them in Comments.

All About Jazz – For all of the news of the Jazz world

American Mavericks – A history of serious music in America from Minnesota Public Radio

American Composers Forum – Fostering artistic and professional development

Bang On A Can – At the heart of the Downtown New York New Music scene

Blue Note Records – an iconic Jazz label still putting out great recordings

Cantaloupe Music – the recording arm of Bang On a Can

Classical Discoveries – Marvin Rosen’s Wednesday survey of great new music and the avantgarde on WPRB, Princeton, NJ

Cuneiform Records – great taste in new music

ECM – possibly the finest recording company in the world

The GreeneSpace, the live presentation space of New York Public Radio with programming from WNYC, WQXR, and Q2

Hearts of Space – Stephen Hill’s great weekly mix of music for relaxation, contemplation, mediation, and…
This is a paid service.

Innova – creating an environment for new compostion and musical maturation.
The recording arm of American Composers Forum

Live365 – niche audio streaming – any genre or sub-genre you want. This is a paid service.

New Amsterdam Records – “…a non-profit-model record label and artists’ service organization that supports the public’s engagement with new music by composers and performers whose work grows from the fertile ground between genres….”

NPR/music – Jazz, Classical, interviews, news, concerts, “first listens”, artist profiles

Q2 on the internet, “for the new music we crave” the home of New Music

WBGO bringing Jazz from Newark, NJ to the world

WNYC – the home of John Schaefer’s Soundcheck and New Sounds programs

WPRB, Community Radio, Princeton, NJ
For the most serious presentation of Classical music and the most erudite presentations of Jazz

Learn About Innova Recordings in a Really Cool 12 Minute Video

The home of New Music in America is Innova, the recording arm of the American Composers Forum.

Watch this 12 minute video and be amazed.

On a personal note, there is a photo at 2:48, taken unfortunately from behind the participants. They are Philip Blackburn of Innova, and Marvin Rosen of WPRB, Community Radio, Princeton, NJ.
I took the photo in a wonderful session I had with these two really important New Music people.

Here is a photo of these two guys taken face forward-

Classical Discoveries Special Programming: “ALAN HOVHANESS – 100TH BIRTHDAY MARATHON”

This is not to be missed.

Our great teacher Marvin Rosen will present a 24 hour marathon dedicated to the music of the Maestro Alan Hovhaness. Marvin is a Hovhaness specialist without peer.

Marvin Rosen

The title of the presentation is MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS WITHOUT END

This broadcast at 103.3 FM and the web stream from WPRB starts SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2010 – 7:00 pm and ends
MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010 – 7:00 pm

We cannot fail to thanks the veteran radio on-air hosts who have stood aside to allow this incredible special to take place.

Be there, Aloha!

This Friday An Additional Presentation of Classical Discoveries: Classical Discoveries will present a special program called: Shepherd Of Israel

This Friday An Additional Presentation of Classical Discoveries: Shepherd Of Israel

Our host, Marvin Rosen, tells us, “Entire program will be devoted to music of Jewish inspiration in observance of the Jewish High Holy Days.

Marvin Rosen

You will hear Symphony – Songs of the Soul by American composer, David Amram (1930- ), Klezmer Symphony (1998) by the American/Dutch composer, Jeff Hamburg (1956- ), The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind For Klezmer Clarinet and String Quartet by Argentinian composer, Osvaldo Golijov (1960- ), Shepherd of Israel for Cantor, Flute and String Orchestra by American composer, Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), A Sephardic Rhapsody for Orchestra, Op. 95 by American Composer, Arnold Rosner (1945 -), Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (1997-1998) by American Composer, Paul Schoenfield plus music by Betty Olivero, Sid Robinovitch, Salomone Rossi, Simon Sargon and much more.

Classical Discoveries and Classical Discoveries Goes Avantgarde are regularly presented on WPRB, Community Radio, Princeton, NJ

John Meets Marvin – I’d Love to Be A Fly On The Wall

John Meets Marvin – I’d Love to Be A Fly On The Wall

I have some of my best – or worst – ideas while out on my exercise walks. Here is my latest:

I would love to be present when John Schaefer of WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck and Marvin Rosen of WPRB’s Classical Discoveries and Classical Discoveries Goes Avantgarde might meet.

John Schaefer is the absolute impresario of New Music in New York City, maybe now, with the internet, the whole wide world. I have been listening to John it seems forever. New Sounds took me from my father’s world of Beethoven through Copland to the heights of the late 20th century with Arvo Pärt, Sir John Tavener, the Turtle Island Quartet, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and oh so many more great artists and composers. These days, Soundcheck is the key destination for artists and composers both new and not so new. It was on John’s Soundcheck celebration of New Sounds’ 20th anniversary that the Turtle Island guys said and I paraphrase, no New Sounds, no Turtle Island. I still have a copy of the 1985 interview with Steve Reich from the broadcast premier of the Desert Music.

John Schaefer

Marvin Rosen is the impresario of the Classical Discoveries web site. His two programs Classical Discoveries and Classical Discoveries Goes Avantgarde are a constant education. One of Marvin’s mottos, identical with mine, is “support living composers”. On Marvin’s longer programs this Summer, he has hosted extended interviews with Maya Beiser, Jennifer Castellano, Piffaro – The Rennaisance Band, Ethel, guitarist and Princeton University Professor Steve Mackey, Innova’s Philip Blackburn, and Barbara Harbach. What? You don’t know who some of them are? Tune in every Wednesday from about 6:00AM-3:00PM during the rest of this Summer and you will surely learn who they are and get a fuller education. Marvin is Dr Marvin Rosen, member of the Arts Faculty at Westminster Conservatory.


If I had to thank John for one composer, it would be Arvo Pärt. When I went all digital, I had to rip 16 CD’s to .mp3 .
From Marvin, it would be Alan Hovhaness. By this time, I was buying albums in .mp3 from Amazon. Right now, the number is nine, but we are still counting.

There is no way to thank these guys for the abundance of educational material they present to the listener each and every week.



Our host and teacher Marvin Rosen tells us, “This Wednesday, August 18, 2010 from 5:30am till 3:00pm Classical Discoveries and WPRB will be celebrating the works of women composers from all over the world in a program titled:


some selections will include: Psalm L by Italian Composer, Antonia Bembo (c.1640-c.1720), <em>Passage for Piano (2000) by English Composer, Rosemary Duxbury, San Rocco for Oboe d’amore, Percussion and Chamber Choir (1991), by Canadian Composer, Melissa Hui (1966- ), Symphony for the Great Symphonic Orchestra (2008) by Polish Composer, Weronika Ratusinska (1977- ) plus music of Sister Marie Keyrouz, Hilary Tann and Gwyneth Walker.

The highlight of the program from 8:30am till 12:00pm will be a live interview with American composer, organist, harpsichordist and educator, Barbara Harbach . Included will be The Soul of Ra for String Orchestra (2005/2006), Frontier Fancies for Violin and Orchestra (2007), One Of Ours – A Cather Symphony (2004) plus selections from an upcoming release of the composer’s chamber music.

In the Avant-Garde Edition starting at 12:00 noon you will hear Symphony No. 7 (1990) by American Composer, Gloria Coates (1938- ), Mirrors (2005) for Chamber Ensemble by American Composer, Eleanor Cory (1943- ), Songs of Space by Serbian Composer, Ljubica Maric (1909-2003) plus music of Elizabeth Bell, Dorthee Eberhardt and Eleanor Hovda.

Exciting Events at Classical Discoveries

Exciting Events at Classical Discoveries

In the coming weeks on-air host Marvin Rosen will be hosting exceptional composers on the faculty at Princeton University.
Marvin in the studio

On Wednesday, July 7, 2010, Marvin will have the company of Paul Lansky from 10:00AM-12:30PM. Paul Lansky is known as a composer of electronic or computer music. You can read about him at his web site or in Wikipedia.

Paul Lansky

On Wednesday, July 21, 2010, Marvin’s guest will be Steven Mackey . Steven Mackey is a guitarist, composer, and educator.
Steven Mackey

Marvin and I share one motto, support living composers. I choose to spend my money on living composers, I know Marvin does the same. But, Marvin also devotes a great deal of his few precious hours on the air to the people who are making music happen now.

If you are excited about New Music, be sure to catch Marvin’s programs on Wednesdays at WPRB.

You can visit the Classical Discoveries web site to keep up with what is happening.

Two Giants of the New Music Scene

Two Giants of the New Music Scene

On Wednesday June 23, 2010, yesterday, I was privileged to spend the day at the very up to date studios of WPRB, Community Public Radio, Princeton, NJ.

It was my great joy to meet two giants of the New Music scene, WPRB on-air host Marvin Rosen, and from the Innova label, Philip Blackburn, Director of Artist Services at the American Composers Forum, the home of Innova.

I have considered both of these guys as “friends” for quite some time. But this was the first time I had met either one of them.

Left, Marvin Rosen; right, Philip Blackburn

Marvin is the host of two programs at WPRB on Wednesdays, Classical Discoveries and Classical Discoveries Goes Avant-garde. Marvin also hosts the Classical Discoveries web site.

From Innova, I have recently featured a number of CD releases, two of which are
Frank Almond, violin, Brian Zeger piano, “A tender exploration of two distinct generations of American composers in the 20th and 21st centuries.”

Present Music, “Milwaukee’s all-star chamber ensemble.”

I cannot adequately express my joy at meeting these two stellar lights in my musical firmament. To be able to watch Marvin at work and listen to their repartee on air was exhilarating. Since I am only an interested music listener, it is also something of a personal victory when I can place myself among such people and not make a complete ass of myself.

A special added benefit for me was meeting “DBR”, Daniel Bernard Roumain, a highly accomplished Haitian-American violinist, band leader, composer, and educator. We were treated to an in-studio solo violin performance which was absolutely arresting.

“DBR” in performance
Just an extra photo from “DBR’s” web site, but one I especially loved.

It was a very long day, but one which I will remember for a long time.

In this last photo, I am the plumpish guy on the right, clearly the guy with no artistic talent on my own.

Support Living Composers

“Support Living Composers”
marvin 1
Marvin 2

That was Marvin Rosen’s key today, as he presented an interview with the great New Music string band Ethel on Classical Discoveries Goes Avant-Garde

Ethel 2

Ethel is Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Mary Rowell (violin). This wonderful group in not genre bound.

As was clear in the interview, their roots are in the New York New Music scene. They were all trained at Juilliard, a school which has begun to embrace New Music, as much to its credit as to its need to survive in what is the hottest hotbed of musical adventurism in this country.

I hope that you were able to hear the interview at 103.3FM or at

Marvin Rosen Presents “Sacred Bridges”

Marvin Rosen Presents “Sacred Bridges”

Marvin Rosen will be presenting a special program of sacred music on WPRB Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

Sacred Bridges

The program will be aired and streamed beginning at 5:30AM and running until 11:00AM

Marvin says the program “…focuses on music from multiple religious traditions rather than just one, and explores the elements that make music an international language….”


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