Blog Posts on Arts and Culture

Don't squeeze the Charmin and don't read the books, either

 
A friend of mine snapped this picture yesterday at a local antiques co-op.  The shelf behind the hand-written sign was lined with well-worn children's books of no particular value.  At first, my friend thought the seller must be an incredible book snob to post such a notice. Then he had another thought, that the books might contain material some might find offensive.  If I'd been there, I would have asked the seller directly.  Other theories?
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The YouTube Symphony!

Snoring cat videos meet 21st-century classical music meet...Michael Tilson Thomas!  It's official: the YouTube Symphony has landed:
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As nobody likes it

Click here for bad news from the Stratford Festival. William Shakespeare and I share a birthday. And death day.William Shakespeare and I share a birthday. And death day.
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New Classical Music Magazine

There is a new magazine devoted to classical music, and it's based out of the United States (unlike Grammphone or BBC, which come to us from overseas).  This has the potential to really set a course of what "classical music" means in America.  I've got my thoughts, and I'd love to hear yours!
 
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When flutists get bored

 
Nina Assimakopoulos talks about her flute as if she’s describing a grand passion. It’s been a journey of discovery, boredom, and reawakening. Tonight at 7:00 p.m., she’ll perform a free recital in Room 208, Brodie Hall at SUNY Geneseo. She’ll repeat the concert at Houghton College on Tuesday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m. in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall.
 
The Bowling Green professor will show off the whole spectrum of sounds possible on the contemporary flute in a program of music by Debussy, Payne, Fukushima, Shulamit Ran, and Ian Clarke's "Zoom Tube."
 
Click on the sound file below to hear Nina talk about techniques and new repertoire for flute.
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Seventy-six Trombones for Opening Day

Eastman Professor John Marcellus will lead 76+ Trombones on the field at the Rochester Red Wings Opening Day baseball event at Frontier Field on Saturday, April 11.
 
If you go, you'll see 76+ trombonists from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, Ithaca College, and Penn State University. Others in the parade will include Rochester drummers John Beck, Michael Burritt, David Mancini of the Doc Severinsen Orchestra, and Rich Thompson from the Count Basie Band.
 
They'll march from Main and State to Frontier Field and be joined by Rochester Mayor Robert J. Duffy at 12:30 p.m., at Frontier Field. Then they'll play a few numbers to draw attention to the Rochester Literacy Movement. You're invited to show up with new or gently used books to donate to the city’s youth. All family-friendly books are welcomed, including recent books on tape or CD and ethnically-rich and diverse books, too.
 
Fun+
 
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Will play for low-e lightbulbs

Famed conductor Claudio Abbado will happily lead your opera company--just include a new forest in the contract and you're golden.
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Jack Leax interview, National Poetry Month

Poet Jack Leax is retiring after more than 40 years of teaching at Houghton College. Click below to hear an extended interview with him about the astounding changes he’s seen in the Genesee Valley. He also reads some poems.
 
My sister and I were talking about poetry the other day and how the random status updates of our Facebook friends sometimes read like verse. So here’s a poem for National Poetry Month from today's updates.
 
Status Update
 
My oldest friend says, “Good Morning All!
Wasn't Adam Lambert great last night? That boy can SING!”
Another old friend laments the end of the chocolate cake
but smiles at the thought that the chili is still in the fridge.
A co-worker has totally lost his voice but is finally feeling better.
A writer I admire is dreading the whole car situation.
The wife of a friend is trying to decide on a menu for Easter,
and the guy who organizes board games is feeling contemplative.
Denes is at the hospital with Leonard and Esther,
and an old boyfriend writes,
“I have nothing profound to say at this time.
Really. Nothing.”

Catie Curtis

 Catie Curtis playing live on Open Tunings...
 
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Arts News

Here's what's on the radar.  There's confusion over whether or not Rochester's Artwalk has received $3.4 in federal stimulus funds. Those close to the project say no, but NYS's governor says it's going to happen. No doubt in Toronto: Canadians love the arts!   Pegasus Early Music is moving its successful early music concert series to the Downtown United Presbyterian Church (DUPC) next season.  Meanwhile, the recession has put DUPC in the unfortunate position of reducing its music director's hours, meaning there will be no lunchtime concerts this spring.  American composer Eric Whitacre is writing a new 3-4 minute piece of music and donating it to an auction to benefit choral advocacy organization Chorus America.  Any choir can "buy" rights to premiere the piece for $1,500.  (As far as I know, no Rochester choirs have taken the bait.)  Finally, NPR made the top of New York magazine's current approval matrix for its outstanding ratings, but caused a kerfuffle by announcing it was canceling all of its newspaper subscriptions. New information:  Artwalk, the Rochester art trail, IS among 25 projects in New York State that will share $34 million in federal funding.  More later . . .

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