Noted classical conductor (and Grateful Dead bassist) Phil Lesh along with eminent composer Elliott Carter will speak with pianist Sarah Cahill on counterstreamradio.org Friday, March 14th at noon PDT. The generational span of those three is in and of itself fascinating; this should be a delightful show.
Here's a quote re: Lesh and Carter:
Phil Lesh, the well-renowned Grateful Dead bassist, is both an admirer and enthusiastic supporter of Carter. In fact, Lesh conducted the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Carter's "A Celebration (of 100 X 150 Notes)."...If you like the "Grateful Dead" you should most definitely discover the works of Elliott Carter.
While it may be a stretch to go from rock to modernism, I did have a Deadhead co-worker who had good things to say about Ornette Coleman after seeing the jazz legend play at a Dead concert.