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In 1948 the first severe crash occurred in my life when Stalin put out his decree on “formalism.” There was a bulletin board in the Moscow Conservatory. They posted the decree, which said Shostakovich’s compositions and Prokofiev’s were no longer to be played.

Msitslav Rostropovich

August 27, 2018

Dear Friends,

As I write this, I’m listening to the Symphony No. 7 by Dmitri Shostakovich, known as the “Leningrad.” It was written during Hitler’s bombing of Leningrad in 1941. It’s a magnificent piece, and it is the very reason Blue Lake Public Radio is on the air. It is for works like this… and those of Beethoven and Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky and music by Duke Ellington and Miles Davis... that Blue Lake Radio was created. Blue Lake exists to present and pay homage to great music.

Some say that classical music is fading away. We say that it will go away only if we let it, if we as a society turn our backs on it. And while some public radio stations around the country have strayed from their musical roots, we aren’t about to do that. As long as Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp continues to educate young people in the arts, as long as symphony orchestras perform and musicians give concerts, you can count on Blue Lake Radio to bring you exceptional music.

We come to you each year to ask for your help to keep this fine music on the air. Please take a moment right now to fill out the pledge card and drop it in the mail, or you can pledge online at bluelake.org/pledge.

Your contributions to Blue Lake are important. They make all of this possible.

Many thanks for your kind support. We hope you will continue to enjoy the music. Sincerely,

Dave Myers

Dave Myers
Vice President, Broadcasting and Development

The recording to which I referred is:
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.1 op.10 and Symphony No.7 op.60 “Leningrad”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Deutche Grammophon #D205587

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