Recently our local classical music station has been featuring memories of adults who were turned on to classical music as children through various means. One of the most popular was the movie Fantasia, and the Bugs Bunny cartoons.
I have always liked classical music, and could even play some selections, as we learned things in our high school band.
Besides Sousa marches we tried Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite. The music band master used to tease the tuba player for his rendition of Sunrise. He claimed it sounded more like an atomic explosion.
In 1957 I went to Summer Music Camp in Stockton, Ca. I was an alto and sang in the 1500 member chorus. Our choral master was Jester Harrison, a film musician who specialized in spirituals.
We sang some gospel, some Latin chants, and one song “Salutation to the Dawn” translated from Sanscrit.
For the Youth orchestra, we had Maurice Abravenal conducting Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, by Handel.
On the flip side of my red vinyl record of the whole concert, we had Kurt Herbert Adler conducting Trauersinfone, by Wagner. This record is still with me, and it has traveled from California to New York and back, and only has minor scratches. I make sure that I have the proper machine to play it on, and enjoy my teen “recording appearance” all over again.