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No, that’s not Photoshopped – that is Igor Stravinsky at the Boston Police Department in 1940. There is a legendary tale of the Russian composer’s run-in with BPD after performing his controversial arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but first, some background information is needed.

This year WCRB is celebrating Independence Day by traveling in the way-back machine to 1976, when the nation gathered to watch Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops' bicentennial concert celebration at the Hatch Shell.

Who knew that Boston's impressive musical history was paved right into its streets!

Our listeners have been mining the daily world for classical gems. And boy, have they unearthed some in unusual places! We may never know who programmed that washing machine to do Schubert, or that cell phone to play Tarrega. But it's been fun discovering them.

Bumping into classical

May 26, 2016

Over the past couple of years I've run into classical music in some of the most unexpected places.

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