Toronto classical radio station capitalizes on Twitter-driven movie title puns
In my usual, just-missed-the-trend way, I discovered late in the game this week that a classical music pun-fest has been whirling through the Twitter-sphere.
The object, as I understand it, is to rework a movie title so that a conductor's name is incorporated. (You can join in on Twitter by searching for the hash tag #conductormovies.)
First up: “Herbert von Carry On,” which is even funnier if you're a fan of those goofy old British "Carry On" films.
Soon came the likes of "Scary Muti 1, Scary Muti 2, Scary Muti 3, Scary Muti 4" (given Muti's bouts with illness this season, those titles hold an extra wry charge); "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Ashkenazy"; "The Wizard of Ozawa;" and "Much Abbado About Nothing."
The Baltimore Symphony's music director turned up, of course, starring in "Alsop Famous."
Then along came New Classical 96.3FM, a radio station in ...
one of my favorite cities, Toronto (it's billed as the only all-classical radio station in English Canada). Seizing the opportunity to carry this running joke one step further, station personnel jumped into full photoshop mode and created a very clever series of posters for some of these films.
I've shared a few of my favorites here; "The Curious Case of Benjamin Britten" gave me a particular chuckle.
Check out the station's Web site for more.
POSTERS COURTESY OF NEW CLASSICAL 96.3FM