December 26-27th, 2010  WPRB show Classical Discoveries to herald centennial year with 24-hour Hovhaness broadcast


The Alan Hovhaness 2011 centennial year is set to be ushered in by a truly one-of-a-kind Hovhaness event. From 7pm (EST) December 26th to 7pm December 27th listeners can tune in to a 24-hour Hovhaness marathon broadcast, courtesy of Classical Discoveries, the weekly WPRB radio show broadcast from Princeton, NJ. This live marathon, also streaming worldwide via the internet, is the brainchild of the show's host and producer Marvin Rosen, who will not only broadcast entirely Hovhaness works but have on the show two special guests who, like himself, knew and worked with Hovhaness. These are internationally renowned pianist and Hovhaness interpretor ┼×ahan Arzruni, and celebrated clarinetist and impresario Lawrence Sobol who commissioned several Hovhaness works.

Mr. Rosen has probably aired more Hovhaness music than any other broadcaster and his long association with the composer's music also involves research, performance and recording. Classical Discoveries has broadcast Hovhaness birthday tributes each year, but with 2011 being the composer's birth centennial, Mr. Rosen naturally felt something rather special was called for, hence this marathon, officially titled: Alan Hovhaness 100th Birthday Marathon: Mountains and Rivers Without End, appropriately using the name of a Hovhaness work (the chamber symphony opus 225) to allude to the sheer quantity of music on offer.

The number of commercially recorded Hovhaness discs is vast — one of the largest of any American composer — and Mr. Rosen has the unenviable task of selecting a mere fraction of them for this marathon broadcast; but as well as well-loved recordings, there will be Hovhaness rarities, and the odd 'private issue' recording not previously publicly aired.

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