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April 7, 2011

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.


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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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