First of all, please allow me to say thank you to all the listeners who sent in cards and notes over the holidays. Getting up day after day in the winter is a terrific challenge, and your support and enthusiasm for fantastic music on the radio is a constant source of inspiration!
Looking out the window, I'm filled with delicious anticipation of cozy indoor pursuits. It's 11 degrees, the trees are frosted, and it helps to embrace what Wallace Stevens called "a mind of winter." Here we are. Inside. I hope you are keeping warm and well-occupied. The National Weather Service is warning of the dangers of frost bite.
I was totally inspired to meet and talk with Rochester home health aide Hope Dukie. Sheâ€™s developed a unique personal ministry among the sickest and neediest among us. Click the sound file below ("hopefeature.mp3") to hear her talk and sing. (Our complete conversation will be available as a podcast soon at wxxi.org.)
Brenda Tremblay presents inspiring classical music, recent performances by Rochester artists, and highlights from concert halls around the globe. Plus interviews, classical music news, features, and the latest headlines.
In my parallel life as a church musician, I have the privilege of playing the organ and directing a dynamic choir in a small town Episcopal parish. Usually the choir disbands in July and August, and thereâ€™s not much going on between Sundays. But this year, I started a non-religious music group called Summer Renaissance!