13 Days When Music Changed Forever : About

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The San Francisco Symphony’s radio project, The Keeping Score Series:  13 Days When Music Changed Forever, is about musical revolutions — about the composers, compositions, and musical movements that changed the way people heard, or thought about, music.  Each program will explore the historical backdrop and the musical precursors to the revolutionary change, as well as examine the aftershock and the lasting influence of that moment in music history.

The series will be a follow up to one of the most broadcast classical music series of the last 25 years, American Mavericks, also produced by the San Francisco Symphony.  However, this time, instead of focusing on seismic shifts in American music during the 20th century, the series will extend back to the 1600s and include Western and Eastern European music, as well as American music.

The production design will include musical excerpts mixed with commentary from the host, pop icon Suzanne Vega, as well as interviews with composers, musicologists, writers, and musicians.  Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, will be the key interview subject. 

The producer of the series is Tom Voegeli, who produced the Symphony’s other radio series: The MTT Files and American Mavericks (both of which won Peabody Awards).  Mr. Voegeli is known as one of the leading audio producers in the United States.  He has received multiple awards for his work, including two Grammy Awards, a Prix Italia for Best Radio Drama, three Peabody Awards, several Audie Awards for the Best Book on Tape, and an Ohio State Award.  He is also known for his radio adaptations of the Star Wars films, as the creator of the long-running radio series Saint Paul Sunday, and as a theatrical sound designer. 

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