Blog Posts on Arts and Culture

Birds

 I love birds.   I love music.   I wish I'd known Olivier Messiaen.
 
 
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Got a minute? 1000-year-long piece plays on worldwide

 The BBC reports today about a performance of an excerpt of a piece of music today.  Usually, this is not newsworthy.  I, for example, performed an excerpt of Bruckner's 7th Symphony this morning in the shower, and nobody even bothered to show up (my cat even ran away).  But this excerpt performance the BBC tells us about is a little different.
 

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Bernie Lehmann - luthier

Broadcasting Open Tunings live from the Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 12, we had the opportunity to host Bernie Lehmann, one of the premiere makers of acoustic instruments. In addition to the extraordinary precision, skill, and art of making stringed instruments, he paints.
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The best 100 classical recordings...again...

 I heard a little feature by Frank DeFord on Morning Edition today that announced the beginning of sports' Ratings Season.  He's referring to college football and basketball's infatuation with weekly rankings, and how they really don't bear a whole lot of importance.  Right on cue, this list appeard from London's Telegraph ranking the 100 Best Classical Recordings.  

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A new way to wake up on Saturdays!

For many months now, Saturday mornings on WXXI have had a dearth of live, local hosts.  We've got some great programs, don't get me wrong, but something's been missing.   A lot of you mentioned this, so we here at the station got to thinking.  The answer arrives this weekend from 7 in the morning until 8, with the premiere of a brand-new program called Cadenza!  I'm very excited and honored to share that I'll be the host of the new program--live of course, and I wanted to let you know what to expect, and to invite you to participate in the show's development.

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Convocation Day

Due to popular demand, I am posting the audio clip of Howard Hanson's speech to Eastman School of Music students in 1943. It was Convocation Day, the beginning of a new academic year.  Click on the audio attachment to hear The Man Himself.  The whole thing is less than two minutes long.
 
 
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