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Honey sweetness

The Rochester Oratorio Society is rehearsing Carmina Burana, the secular cantata by Carl Off, composed in the 1930’s. It's based on a thirteenth century manuscript discovered in a Bavarian monastery. Beloved by singers and derided by critics for its lack of polyphony, Carmina celebrates spring, sex, love, and drinking, all while bemoaning the vagaries of fate. It’s fun stuff. In the upcoming May performance, the conductor has decided to use the “Coro Piccolo,” that is, to have a small chorus sing some of the sections instead of the full choir singing everything. This doesn’t please those left out, and during last night’s rehearsal, a few confessed to feeling resentful. “I KNOW that part,” said one soprano chosen to sit out during the small chorus sections.


World Made by Hand

I just finished James Kunstler’s new novel World Made by Hand. It’s the best book I’ve read in awhile. Years ago, Kunstler’s anti-suburbia polemic The Geography of Nowhere greatly influenced my thinking about urban planning, architecture, and public spaces. In his later non-fictional The Long Emergency, Kunstler imagined what our lives will be like (yes, he says, this WILL happen) when we run out of oil. The new novel is an apocalyptic, fictional telling of the same story, set a few decades from now in a small town in Upstate New York that mixes elements of Mad Max with Little House on the Prairie.


Stravinsky’s favorite instrument, etc.

You'll like blogger Jeremy Denk's riff on composer Igor Stravinsky. Revelatory!

More opinions pour in on renaming Eastman Theatre "Kodak Hall" in two separate articles by Democrat and Chronicle writers Matt Daneman and Anna Reguero.


The what at where?

This morning University of Rochester President Joel Seligman announced that Eastman Theatre will be officially renamed “Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.”

It’s all about money. The Eastman Kodak Company is committing $10 Million to an on-going renovation project that includes the construction of box seats and a larger lobby. When renovations are complete, “Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre” will seat 2,250 and be less of a cave.

The question is, will the new name stick?


If I had a radio show...

If you have ever listened to Bob Dylan's Theme Radio Hour (on some other radio network...), you know he can be quick and funny with his comments. Thank you Brian, for compiling these little teasers into the thoughts, or, intuitive connections Mr. Dylan makes between songs each week on his show.

Now, if I had a radio show...
...and who is Brian?

From the Theme Time Radio Hour Show


"Hope all you listeners won't accuse me of cronyism just because I occasionally play records by people I know."


Big announcement tomorrow

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman will host "a major and historic announcement for the community" tomorrow (Friday) at 9:45 a.m. in Eastman Theatre. No one in our newsroom knows what it'll be about. Or they're not admitting it.


New look for music

Not your traditional notation.  Part of the musical score from Steve Wanna's "Abeyance."Not your traditional notation. Part of the musical score from Steve Wanna's "Abeyance."


Volunteering for Fun and Profit

This entry is for those readers who may not be a WXXI volunteer, have read the information about volunteering on the WXXI web site, but still need to a little push before you rush off to send in that volunteer application.

Yes, it is true that volunteers have fun while we are performing our various duties. Whether it is answering telephones, stuffing envelopes, greeting visitors at one of our many events or guiding a tour through our beautiful facilities.


Month of the Young Child, Part II

In last week's blog, I told you a little about Rochester observing April as the Month of the Young Child. While New York Association for the Education of the Young Child (NYAEYC) observes April 13-19 as the Week of the Young Child, the Rochester chapter chooses to observe the entire month. This is not only great for children in the Rochester area, but for their parents and families as well.


Mind and heart

"Why, when safely seated and merely listening, should our hearts beat faster, our temperature rise, our toes start tapping, our minds start racing after the music, hoping it will go one way and watching it go the other, deceived and disgruntled when we are unconvinced, elated and grateful when we acquiesce?