Listen: Alan Alda Talks Mozart with Annie Bergen

Friday, July 22, 2016

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Alan Alda talks about his connection to Mozart in the WQXR studio. Alan Alda talks about his connection to Mozart in the WQXR studio. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

Actor Alan Alda dropped by WQXR’s studios to introduce Friday’s Midday Mozart with Annie Bergen and discuss a program he will narrate to open this summer's Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival on July 31 and Aug. 1. Listen to the full conversation in the audio above.

Alda, whose father actor Robert Alda, played George Gershwin in Rhapsody in Blue, has had a literal love affair with classical music. He met his wife, a clarinetist, while she was performing the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, a work he would later introduce to millions by including it in the final episode of M*A*S*H. 

A devoted storyteller and founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, Alda crafted a narrative inspired by Mozart's life and letters. He will recite this tale in between performances of four of the composer's chamber works. The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival runs through Aug. 28. 

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Norman Duncan from Leesburg Va.

Music of the Masters brings forth a warmth uniqueness that will Be lost if we in the orchestral business do not develop the future audience. Blame it on parents and schools but we must awaken our world to the world of symphony. opera and operetta. Imagine losing Strauss, Lehar, Kalman and all the musicals Show Boat, South Pacific and that entire venue. My idea is to select major community symphony orchestras with extra funding and benefactors to move a program forward. My orchestra the Loudoun Symphony 40 brave musicians need funds and a cover conductor to lead the way.

Jul. 29 2016 08:39 PM

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