Peter Schickele

Telarc International

Actor Edmund Gwenn – Kris Kringle from Miracle on 34th Street – is supposed to have said on his deathbed, “Yes, dying is tough, but not as tough as comedy.”

We’ll hear from the master comedian and composer Peter Schickele on this episode of What’s New. Schickele was born in Ames Iowa on July 17th, 1935. He grew up in North Dakota, and studied music at Juilliard. Peter celebrated 50 years of PDQ Bach in December 2015 and in September 2016 the world premiere of PDQ Bach’s Concerto for VERY Grand Piano takes place.

Be sure to take a look behind the scenes of Peter Schickele with 50 years of photos here. Upcoming appearances can be found here.

A new program airs Sunday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.