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  • 00:41

    A chat with Michael Thal, author of Goodbye Tchaikovsky

    in Lifestyle

    We are joined by Michael Thal retired from his teaching job when he was 51 years old due to a severe hearing loss. Rather than give up on life, he pursued a new career as a writer. Since 2001 he’s penned 3 published novels with a new one coming out this fall. He’s also written over 80 published articles for print magazines like Highlights for Children, San Diego Family Magazine, and Writer's Digest, to name a few.

    Michael was inspired to write Goodbye Tchaikovsky due to a severe hearing loss at the age of 44. He left his job as a tenured sixth grade teacher seven years later because he couldn’t understand his students. Michael wrote Goodbye Tchaikovsky wondering what it would have been like if his hearing dropped out as a teen.

    Goodbye Tchaikovsky is not just a novel about main character, David Rothman’s experience of transitioning between a hearing and deaf world. It is an emotional autobiography of hearing loss. Deafness is an unseen disability. We know a man is blind by the cane he uses to guide his walk. Her wheelchair easily identifies a disabled woman with Cerebral Palsy. Deaf people have to continuously remind others to talk slow so deaf people have a chance to understand their speech. Deaf are alone in crowds. They are isolated at parties. David’s story brings this conundrum alive to its readers.

    Approximately (36 million) American adults report some degree of hearing loss. About 2-3 out of every 1,000 children born in the U S are born deaf or hard-of-hearing. The National Institute on Health estimates that approximately 15 percent (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities. There are 4,000 new cases of sudden deafness occur each year in the United States. Yet deafness is the only disabilty where people get mad at the deaf

  • 00:30

    Best Composers: TCHAIKOVSKY

    in Music

    A (very) Russian composer of the Romantic era, Tchaikovsky's work includes everything from symphonies, operas and ballets to instrumental/chamber music and songs. He composed some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and, my personal favorite, The Nutcracker. 
    Although he enjoyed many popular successes, Tchaikovsky was never emotionally secure, and his life was punctuated by personal crises and periods of severe depression. His music was often dismissed by American critics in the early and mid-20th century as being vulgar and lacking in elevated thought. They accused him of being "too emotional" and a "cheap sentimentalist." ing idiots.

  • 00:20

    Monday night with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture

    in Classical Music

    Playing Forgotten Music on 78 RPM Records by Curt Hahn

    Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture

    Eugen Onegin Waltz.

    Podcast Link    

     All credit due to the artist, musicians and Record Companies  

    No profit or income derived from this podcast.

    Have a historic 78 RPM and story you want to share with my listeners?  Contact me at:

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    Two 12" 78 RPM records.

    3 sides contain Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. The 4th Side contains Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin Waltz.

    Victrola 9025 & 9026. Scroll label. Orthophonic Recording.

    Royal Opera Orchestra Covent Garden, guest conductor Eugene Goossens.

    Recorded in London, July 15-16, 1926.

    2 sound discs: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 12 in.

    Victrola: 9025--9026; matrix nos.: CR573-IIA, CR574-IIA, CR575-I, CR578-I.

  • 00:15

    Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture

    in Music

    Playing Forgotten Music on 78 RPM Records by Curt Hahn

    Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture

    Podcast Link    

     All credit due to the artist, musicians and Record Companies  

    No profit or income derived from this podcast.

    Have a historic 78 RPM and story you want to share with my listeners?  Contact me at:

    Www.facebook.com/s3productions2 or oscssw@juno.com


    Stokowski Recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1930

    In 1930, Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra recorded much less music than during the three previous rich years of 1927, 1928, and 1929.  Perhaps this was due to Victor caution, following the great stock market crash of the previous October, 1929.  In any case, there were only four days of recording during the year 1930: Saturday, 15 March 1930, and following the final concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra 1929-1930 season, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 28, 29 and 30 April 1930. 

    From these sessions, thirteen 78 RPM sides were issued.  As an indication of the direction of Stokowski's interests at that period, it is remarkable that 7 of these 13 sides were of Stokowski transcriptions or orchestrations.  Five sides of Baroque music, and two sides of Debussy piano music.  The other two recordings were of works Stokowski and the Orchestra had performed during this 1929-1930 season: SibeliusFinlandia, and the Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture.

    Victor 7499 (Red Seal 12-in. double-faced)

    Matrix Number CVE-56836 4/29/1930 1812 overture / Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski

    Leopold Stokowski (director)

    Philadelphia Orchestra (Musical group)

  • 00:28

    Freddy Martin Concertos for Dancing P-169

    in Music

    “Forgotten music on 78 records" by Curt Hahn

    Freddy Martin Concertos for Dancing P-169

    Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 

    Cornish Rhapsody Time 

    Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

    Symphones Moderne 

    Warsaw Concerto 


    The link to the podcast: 

    For information on the background of the songs, Requests or contacting Curt Hahn, write to www.Facebook.com/s3productions2 or Forgotten Music on 78 records or oscssw@juno.com

    All Shellac 10” 78 rpm

    A: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 - RCA Victor 20-2080 

    Arranged Ray Austin, Jack Fina Pianist

    B: Cornish Rhapsody Time 

    Written Hubert Bath, Jack Fina Pianist

    A: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 - RCA Victor 20-2082 crack

    Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

    Arranged By Freddy Martin, Piano –Jack Fina 

    B: Symphones Moderne - 3 min crack

    Composed By – Max Rabinowitsch & Max Steiner, Piano –Jack Fina 

    A: Warsaw Concerto - RCA Victor 20-2083 

    Written Richard Addinsell, Jack Fina Pianist

    B: Intermezzo - 

    Vocal Clyde Rogers, Jack Fina Pianist

    Thank you to www.honkingduck.com/discography 

    Frederick Alfred (Freddy) Martin (December 9, 1906 – September 30, 1983) was an American bandleader and tenor Saxophonist 

    Jack Fina (August 13, 1913 – May 14, 1970) was a bandleader. Songwriter and pianist. Known as "The Ten Most Talented Fingers on Radio he joined Freddy Martin's band in 1936 that’s he gained real fame, when he was featured on Martin’s famous recording of "Tonight we Love". Fina left Martin's band in 1946,

  • 01:06

    My Day at Aushwitz and Birkenau: Fun in the Killing Fields of Europe

    in Psychology

    I have just returned from a tour of the major cities of Poland, Hungary, Austria and The Czech Republic which included Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna and Prague. My visit to the Polish city of Cracow included a tour of the infamous concentration camps of Aushwitz and Birkenau. In each of these great cities I ate large quantities of good food, drank copious glasses of good wine while visitng magnificent castles and memorials to the tens of millions slaughtered by the Nazi's the Communists and citizens of these countries whose children go to school, get married, have babies of their own and eat and laugh in the same way as the millions of visitors who come to their homelands. The trip therefore had a surreal quality that now has me asking myself how I, and my fellow travelers could have had such a good time in places that are vast graveyards and killing fields. How do I tell a story of my adventures that can shed some light on how these horrors could have happened without uttering the nearly universal words "It's Unbelievable" and "How could this have happened" while then enjoying a fun filled evening of good food and fellowship. How can we explain Mozart, Beethoven Tchaikovsky and Dvorak along side of Hitler and Stalin. In my story this evening I will offer some suggestions of explanation that will certainly be inadequate and which will certainly not have a happy ending. I will employ some of the themes used in past broadcasts including self and group idealization, dehumanization and demonization, and victimization.

  • 00:16

    Joy Keys chats with African American Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland

    in Entertainment

    Misty Copeland joined ABT's Studio Company in September 2000 and then joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001. In 2007, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the third African American female soloist and first in two decades, at American Ballet Theatre.

    Her roles with American Ballet Theatre include: Muse-Duo Concertant, Gulnare-Le Corsaire, Flower Girl-Don Quixote, The Peasant Pas de Deux-Giselle, Lead Harlot-Romeo and Juliet, Fairy of Valor-The Sleeping Beauty, Princess Florine-The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois and a Cygnet-Swan Lake, The Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Sinatra Suite-Twyla Tharpe, workwithinwork-William Forsythe, Overgrown Path-Jiri Kylian, Gong-Mark Morris, Company B, Airs-Paul Taylor, Milkmaid-The Bright Stream, a Principal role created on her in Alexei Ratmansky’s Dumbarton and Misty premiered the title role of The Firebird in the Spring of 2012, featuring new choreography by world renowned in house American Ballet Theatre choreographer Alexi Ratmanski.

    In 2008, Misty was honored with the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts. This two year fellowship is awarded to young artists who exhibit extraordinary talent, providing them additional resources in order to attain their full potential.

    Misty was honored with induction into the Boys and Girls Club National Hall of Fame in the Spring of 2012.

    website: www.mistycopeland.com


  • 01:00

    LIVE! with Cathi-Ballet-Ballerina-Choreographers

    in Entertainment

    THE KIROV BALLET is the company George Balanchine left behind when he sailed from Russia in 1924.  It's the company from which Nureyev defected in 1961 followed by Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1974. 
    THE KIROV is the great Mother Company hatching dancer after dancer, a continuum of star pupils, Pavola, Nijinsky.
    SWAN LAKE, Tchaikovsky's famous ballet.  The Paux a Deux, a magnificent tribute to the male dancer's athleticism and strength while performing series of grand jetes, the SWAN'S graceful movements are breathtaking and pay homage to years of arduous training.
    What is a Ballerina...etc.
    Is a Ballerina relevant in...etc.
    Twyla Tharp, is she...etc.
    The Red Shoes...etc.
    Ballet the land of...etc.

  • 01:30

    The Michael Dresser Show

    in Books

    Thank you for joining us on The Michael Dresser Show! Today we welcome these guests to our show:
    Michael Homeier: Legal specialist on business & corporate law who joins Michael today on our weekly segment, "It's the Law!" http://www.HomeierLaw.com
    Jody N. Gothard: Career expert talking about his company, Career Pro Resumes; http://www.careerproatlanta.com
    Michael Thal: Author of "Goodbye Tchaikovsky," a novel based on his own experience with coping with deafness; http://www.michaelthal.com
    Dr. Robert A. Weil, D.P.M.: Expert in sports medicine providing information to athletes, their families & coaches; http://www.sportsdoctorradio.com
    Mona Lisa Wellington: Author of "Happily Never After," powerful tips on dealing with life's adversity; http://www.happilyneverafter.info
    Thank you for joining us today on The Michael Dresser Show!

  • 00:15


    in Books


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