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Classical 101

A Musical Muppet Monday: A Spelling Lesson From Samuel Ramey

You might remember the Warner Brothers cartoons from days gone by.  As kids sat glued to the TV set watching Saturday morning cartoons, they received a musical introduction to the masters including, Rossini, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and others. As long as Bugs Bunny and friends were on television, you could count on hearing melodies from The Barber of Seville, the 1812 Overture, Carmen, and Peer Gynt, delivered as only Mel Blanc could sing them. In this day of hundreds of cable channels and ever-increasing sources for entertainment, those days of three or four channels seem quaint.  However, some things never change, like classical music being used to teach and entertain children.  Bass Samuel Ramey shows us how it's done, this morning, by giving us a lesson on the letter 'L,' on Sesame Street to Bizet's Toreador Song from Carmen (above).   Then, just for fun, Gilligan, the Skipper, and Mary Ann add their twist.