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Dec. 20, 1991. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CBC Stereo Celebrates 75th Birthday of Composer Oskar Morawetz

"It is a beautiful work, concise in design, heartfelt in expression and traditional enough in its language to reach the layman." - Cleveland critic Robert Finn, reviewing Memorial to Martin Luther King by Morawetz.

Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz turns 75 on January 17. CBC Stereo celebrates with performances of his Memorial to Martin Luther King and other music, and a gentle roast.

"The volume of works he has produced and the consistency of its quality make Oskar an important composer," said David Jaeger, executive producer of TWO NEW HOURS. "Oskar has never succumbed to musical trendiness; he has always maintained his own style."

CBC Stereo celebrates Morawetz's birthday as follows:

TWO NEW HOURS - Sunday, Jan. 12, 9:05-11 p.m. (9:35 NT). Richard Paul hosts a gentle roast, with people who have known Morawetz. Music by Morawetz includes the world premiere of his fifth string quartet, Tribute to W.A. Mozart, based on the Mozart Requiem. The piece was recorded by the now-disbanded Orford String Quartet, during Toronto's 1991 Glory of Mozart festival. As well, cellist Shauna Rolston and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under Uri Mayer perform Memorial to Martin Luther King, on a new CBC recording. Martin Luther King day is Jan. 20.

ARTS NATIONAL - Friday, Jan. 17 (actual birthday), 8-10 p.m. (9 AT, 9:30 NT). Terry Campbell presents the full Glory of Mozart concert with the Orford String Quartet and violist Steven Dann. The Tribute to W.A. Mozart is complemented by two Mozart works - String Quartet in D, K. 575; and String Quintet in C, K. 515.

MOSTLY MUSIC - Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 27 and 28, 9:05-11 a.m. (9:35 NT), with guest host Shelley Solmes. Jan. 27, Franz-Paul Decker conducts the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Morawetz's Sinfonietta for Strings. Jan. 28, Georg Tintner leads Symphony Nova Scotia in Memorial to Martin Luther King, with new principal cellist Norman Adams as soloist. (Also heard 10:05 p.m., 10:35 NT, on CBC Radio in some regions - consult local listings.)

MUSIC ALIVE - Sunday, Feb. 9, 11:05 a.m.-1 p.m. (11:35 NT) on CBC Stereo, and 8:05 p.m. (9:35 NT) on CBC Radio. Host Judy Piercey replays the concert heard Jan. 27 on MOSTLY MUSIC.