The Minnesota State Fair is filled with music, including classical and choral tunes. Here are some of Classical MPR's hosts' music picks:
John BirgeBernstein Candide Overture with Eiji Oue conducting the Minnesota Orchestra At my very first State Fair broadcast in 1998, Minnesota Orchestra conductor Eiji Oue stopped by the booth, holding not one baton but two Pronto Pups in his hands. In between bites, he treated the crowd to the story of his first meeting with Leonard Bernstein: Oue was playing piano for a conducting class at Tanglewood. Bernstein came through the door talking loudly. Oue, with his back to the door, didn't realize who this noisy newcomer was, disrupting the class, but was sufficiently irritated to yell "Shut Up!!" Little did Oue know that he was unwittingly talking to his idol!
The State Fair audience loved the story, and the happy ending: Oue and Bernstein nevertheless became good friends.
Steve StaruchI have three picks:
Short Ride in a fast Machine (John Adams) is there any other music that describes the Mighty Midway? The Scrambler is my favorite, followed by the Tilt-a-Whirl !
Ride in the Balloon from the movie score The Witches of Eastwick (John Williams) my wife Naomi and I always take a ride on the … "thingy" that glides across the fair. Good date music!
Grand Canyon Suite (ferde Grofe) It just sounds like the Fair!