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Subject:

Goodbye Everyone - Karl Haas Passes On

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Steve Bacher <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 8 Feb 2005 12:32:11 -0500

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   The New York Times - February 8, 2005

   Karl Haas, Radio Ambassador of Classical Music, Dies at 91
   By ANNE MIDGETTE

   Karl Haas, the popular classical music commentator whose
   program "Adventures in Good Music" was once the most listened
   to classical music radio show in the world, died on Sunday
   at a hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.  He was 91.

   Bridgett Emerson, a syndication associate of WCLV-FM in
   Cleveland, which began producing his nationally syndicated
   program in 1970, attributed the death to natural causes.

   Trained as a concert pianist, Mr.  Haas gave recitals and
   conducted throughout his life, and from 1967 to 1971 served
   as president of the institution now known as the Interlochen
   Center for the Arts.  He wrote a book, "Inside Music," that
   is now in its 10th printing, and he produced three CD's with
   WCLV.

   But his primary legacy is his show, which began in 1959 in
   Detroit and which he continued to produce until two years
   ago.  (It is still broadcast in reruns on about 100 stations.)
   For it, Mr.  Haas received two Peabody Awards for excellence
   in broadcasting, among many other awards.  In 1997, it became
   the first classical music program inducted into the Radio
   Hall of Fame.

   Hallmarks of "Adventures in Good Music" included a snippet
   of Beethoven's "Pathetique" sonata played at the beginning
   and end of each broadcast (sometimes by Mr.  Haas himself),
   Mr.  Haas's slightly accented English, and the punning titles
   he thought up for his programs, including "Haydn, Go Seek,"
   "From Stern to Bow" (about the violinist Isaac Stern), "Baroque
   and in Debt" and "The Joy of Sax."

   One listener wrote Haas in the 1960's to say that it was a
   "longhair program with a crew cut," a description he was happy
   to repeat.  Some longhairs looked down their noses a bit at
   Mr.  Haas, but that didn't matter to thousands of regular
   listeners.

   Mr.  Haas was born in Speyer-am-Rhein, Germany, on Dec.  6,
   1913, and began piano lessons at 6 with his mother; later
   teachers included the eminent pianist Arthur Schnabel.  In
   1936, denied a job because he was Jewish, he left Germany and
   emigrated to the United States, settling in Detroit and working
   for a year to earn the money to help his family and his future
   wife, Trudie, follow him a year later.

   Mr.  Haas's broadcasting career began in Detroit in 1950,
   when he was host of weekly previews of Detroit Symphony
   concerts.  The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation then asked
   him to play piano and conduct a chamber orchestra for a weekly
   program, and gradually encouraged him to talk about the music
   he was playing during the broadcast.  By 1959, WJR in Detroit
   offered him a weekly hourlong show of music and commentary;
   it became Detroit's No.  1 show in its time slot for two
   decades.

   Mr.  Haas, who still lived in Michigan at the time of his
   death, was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters by the French
   government and received eight honorary doctorates.

   His wife died in 1974.  He is survived by a daughter, Alyce,
   and two sons, Jeffrey and Andrew, all of Michigan; and two
   granddaughters.

   Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company

Steve Bacher <[log in to unmask]>

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