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NEA Institute Day 9: Thanks to Ruth Phinney et. al.

Tomorrow is my last day at the NEA Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University, and I'm already thinking about what I can bring back that'll help me in my work at WXXI. I have 3 notebooks full of scribbles and sketches. I feel a little overwhelmed.

What have you done after a conference to imprint what you've learned?

Today we heard pianist Jeremy Denk perform Charles Ives' "Concord Sonata," a musical portrait of four famous authors who all lived in Concord, Massachusetts 150 years ago. The concert was given on a barge at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. Facing the Manhattan skyline, we listed and pitched on the river while the pianist ripped through Ives. Boats chugged by. The sky darkened. Buildings lit up.



What would you like to see on WXXI blogs?

With four new blogs on (besides this one), we're launching into some very interesting new territory. As we continue to get more interactive blogs launched, we'd like you to tell us your ideas, too!

What kinds of topics would you like to see discussed in more depth? Who would you most like to see writing and interacting here on the new/future WXXI website?

Use the comments on this post to tell us what you think. You can sign up for an account first if you'd like, but at this time, you don't need to.



Welcome! Why a WXXI Education Blog for Parents??

Welcome to the first installment of our blog for parents! You may be asking yourself, "Why have a blog for WXXI parents and families?" To share, of course! Each week I will pass along a few websites, books, music, tidbits, events or just fun facts that you, as parents, may find useful and (hopefully) interesting.

Up first.....October is Fire Prevention Month. Do you have a fire plan for your home and family?


NEA Institute Day 8: A Walter Mitty moment.

Hello from the top of The New York Times! We got a tour of the new building today from editors and staff. The view is spectacular. I have much to relate to you. But I'm beyond tired. Walking through the glittering canyon of Times Square completely sucked the life out of me, so I'll keep this short. I know you've been waiting to hear what Times music critic Anthony Tommasini said about my review of the Mahler symphony.

NEA Institute Day 7: Cats vs. dogs. You decide.

Your tax dollars are being put to good use. The NEA Institute is relentless. I'm still in NYC at the music conference at Columbia University. I've seen three orchestras in three days. Cleveland. The New York Philharmonic. (I was pleased to note that the tenor in last night's concert, Anthony Dean Griffey, is an Eastman grad.) London.

NEA Institute Day 6: Big wow!

It rained yesterday. Still hot, New York City is officially tropical, and the gloves I bought still sit in my hotel room with the tags on. The NEA whirlwind continues. On the subway, we lurched from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to Carnegie Hall to the Met, where we met with Peter Gelb. We got a tour of the Met, stood in the diva's dressing room, and explored the wardrobe, backstage, and costume areas.

What happened to the afternoon news and traffic?

Missing the afternoon local news and traffic reports?


NEA Institute Day 5: Now I understand the Mahler thing

I cried at the end of Mahler's Symphony No. 2.

I heard the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Franz Welser-Moest in Carnegie Hall.


I'll post my review below. Remember, it's an assignment for the NEA institute I'm attending at Columbia University. I don't really know what I'm doing.


NEA Institute Day 4: what's in your head

You grab your ipod. Get in the car to go to work or drive your child to school. There's music in the car as you're hurtling through time and space at 60 m.p.h. You're shuffling your ipod. Your taste is kinda eclectic. k.d.lang. J.S. Bach. Dave Matthews. Whatever. As you move along (maybe stopping at Wegmans on your way) you inhabit multiple acoustic spaces in your head. You hear Bach played in a resonant church. Norah Jones in a shoebox-sized studio. A rock band recorded live in a huge stadium.

NEA Institute Day 3: Agrippina!

Tonight, I saw Handel's Agrippina at New York City Opera, and I have to tell you, a desperate 2008 U.S. presidential hopeful would be reassured to have an Agrippina working behind the scenes. Part Karl Rove, part Machiavelli, the real Agrippina manipulated the Roman political scene to gain the throne for her infamous son, Nero. She maneuvers, she plots, and she truly existed.

Did anyone see it at Glimmerglass?