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"Radio host shares love of classical music" by "Candace Braun"
from The Ewing Observer - February 01, 2006
Music is a universal language that needs to be shared by different cultures because it helps people to understand each other, according to Marvin Rosen, producer and host of "Classical Discoveries," a classical music program on WPRB (103.3 FM)
Ewing resident, Rosen recently received the 2005 radio broadcast award for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in the 38th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards.
Rosen was at work when he got the call from his wife about receiving the award. "I read [the e-mail] several times over. I didn't believe it at first," he said.
While the radio host said he is excited to have been chosen for the award, what he truly hopes is that others will follow his program's original agenda, which is to enable listeners to hear music by composers young and old, foreign and American, who aren't often aired on the radio.
"We've got to support our living and young composers. They are our future," he said, adding that while other radio stations are celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth this year, he chooses to celebrate young, minority and woman composers on his radio program. "There are so many composers with so much talent. Listening to the same ones over and over again is a crime," said Rosen. "There is so much creativity out there. I feel very excited to be living in this period [of music history]."
Rosen has had his show on Princeton University's WPRB for more than eight years.
I just love it. I think it's exciting," he said, adding that the station doesn't give him any restrictions on what he can play during his show. "It gives me the opportunity to do what I want to do."
Said Jon Solomon, the station's management consultant and radio show host since 1988: "When other deejays with his experience might rest on their laurels, Marvin will dig deep, looking for previously-unaired material and work hard when he is off-air to craft a perfect theme or concept for a future program... He's an important addition to WPRB's broadcast schedule and well-deserving of the long-overdue attention his show has been receiving."
Rosen prepares the music for his shows at home, where he has a collection of CDs in his basement too numerous to count. "I'm a CD junkie," he said. "A lot of things I play are so offbeat that I can buy it for very little money."
The disc jockey said he often is able to find "treasures by composers no one has heard of" for just a few dollars. The music he plays can range from young, unknown composers, to composers from places such as Iceland, South Africa, and the Middle East.
Many composers from other countries create quality classical music similar to our own, said Rosen. The ability to share this music with his listeners provides them with a "wonderful change of pace." Rosen also hosts radio interviews with classical composers, both local and international.
Rosen's wife, Beata Rzeszodko, works on the Web site for Classical Discoveries (ourworld.cs.com/clasdis/), which he believes is the main reason he was found and chosen to receive the ASCAP award.
"It's so important to have a Web site. Your work and what you believe in is channeled all over the world," he said, adding that his site was first started in 2001 and now contains hundreds of links to important sources of information for classical music fans. Web searchers are also able to listen to the radio program on the site.
The Internet also plays an important role in finding new and obscure music to play, said Rosen, who added that he receives e-mails from composers all over the world with requests to play their music.
"I've played tons of music over the years I wouldn't have known existed without the Internet...It's mind-boggling how many composers are out there."
But, Rosen wanted to make clear to his listeners: "I don't play any music that I don't love. Basically every piece of music I play I find value in."
Born in Englewood, Rosen lived in South Brunswick and Princeton before moving to his home in Ewing almost three years ago. He is currently a full-time teacher at Westminster Conservatory of Music, teaching piano and music history courses for the Young Artists Program.
He has a bachelor's degree in music and music education from Trenton State College, a master's in musicology from the Manhattan School of Music, and a doctorate in music education from Columbia University.
A former piano pedagogy student and staff member at the New School for Music Study in Kingston, Rosen has given several recitals, lectures, and radio performances in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. He has recorded two CDs of Alan Hovhaness' piano music, which he has also performed in concert. - February 01, 2006