2009/02/24

STEVIE WONDER'S 'SKETCHES': A CLASSICAL MELODIC GEM

Obama will give musician Gershwin Prize

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Stevie Wonder knows from classics. Classical, too, as it turns out.
Monday night at the Library of Congress, the Motown legend spoke of a longtime "love for classical music" -- of listening to Stravinsky, Bach and Beethoven.
And then Wonder ambled onstage at the library's Coolidge Auditorium and gave the world-premiere performance of "Sketches of a Life," a classical composition that he began writing in 1976, when he was still at the peak of his pop-songwriting powers.

(2009 Feb 24 / THE WASHINGTON POST)http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/arts/ny-uswond0225,0,3554057.story

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