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Pianos for Peace

You'll find a few pianos out and about around Rochester this month - and you're allowed (encouraged, even!) to play them. They're part of the Pianos for Peace project, which you can read and hear more about in this radio feature by WXXI News intern Sarah Tembeckjian. I saw one of the pianos this week at the Rochester Public Market, and I snapped a few photos. 

What's outstanding at the Shaw Festival

WXXI-FM listener William H. Petersen of Fairport (he's also Emeritus Dean & Professor of Bexley Hall Seminary) recently made an excursion to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Here is his rave.

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Recent Radio Conversations: Bill McGlaughlin, Art of Books, Music Therapy, etc.

I've recently started including short interviews and features as a part of my time on the radio, broadcasting them alongside the music around 4:30pm. Have you noticed? Do you like hearing them on the radio? Here are links to the online versions of several recent interviews:

Peter Grimes on the beach

Great Britain's Aldeburgh Festival is paying hommage to the 100th birth anniversary of composer Benjamin Britten with a crazy idea: staging Britten's opera Peter Grimes on the actual beach where the story is set.  Imagine watching Copland's The Tender Land on a farm or Puccini's Turandot in the Forbidden City.

Music at the Movies

Like music? Like movies? Have any favorite combinations of the two?


Quilted Music: Caris Burton and Birds in Warped Time

Hearing a piece of music on WXXI's Classical 91.5 inspired quilting artist Caris Burton to create a new work. I love the connections she made with this music and its composer, and I'm glad that she took some time to write up this story to share here on the WXXI blog. Read Caris's story below, and you can see two music inspired quilts by Caris Burton on display at the Genessee Valley Quilt Club Show at RIT May 31st through June 2nd.

 

How does Roomful of Teeth strike you?

Caroline Shaw won the Pulitzer Prize for music this week, and if there’s one thing you’ll hear in her work, it’s the fine line between speech and song.  It’s all about connecting.

Clara Rockmore and the Theremin

A couple of weeks ago, I put a recording on the radio of Dvorak's Humoresque – as played on the theremin by the great Clara Rockmore

A few WXXI listeners wrote in to comment about the recording, including Dave, who wrote: “I'd like to see it in action to better appreciate the technique & coordination - all the details.” I'm posting my response here too for anyone else who might be interested.

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