Two celebrated American traditions are looming near: Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl. Today, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, a Boston-based funky brass band about to embark on a Mardi Gras tour of New York City and New Orleans, joins us to share some music. Also, Andrew Druckenbrod, classical music critic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, stops in to discuss how classical music has turned up in an unlikely place in American pop culture: as accompaniments to televised football. "NFL Films' music isn't Beethovenian in scope or artistry," he writes, "and much of the music is derivative" but it may be a perfect way of marketing orchestras to a new audience.
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