Blog Posts on Music

Sharp Ears with Eric Townell

In WXXI’s Sharp Ears series, musicians are bringing you their favorite recordings.  The Artistic Director of the Rochester Oratorio Society, conductor Eric Townell, talks with Sharp Ears producer Brenda Tremblay about one of his musical idols, Jose Van Dam.  Eric had grown up listening to broadcasts of the famous Belgian singer.  Years later,

Sharp Ears podcast with Carol Rodland

Carol Rodland is a professor of viola at the Eastman School of Music.  She’s also the founder and artistic director of "If Music Be the Food...", a benefit concert series to increase awareness and support for the hungry through classical music performances. Her next benefit concert is a Strauss Birthday Celebration on October 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m at St.

Sharp Ears with Jeff Tyzik

In the Sharp Ears series from WXXI, Rochester musicians are sharing tips on listening. We’ll hear from Jeff Tyzik, who recently celebrated his 20th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sharp Ears with Sylvie Beaudette

In WXXI Sharp Ears series, Rochester musicians are sharing  recordings they think we’ll like and talking about special things they listen for.  I learned a great deal from Sylvie Beaudette, an Assistant Professor of Chamber Music and accompanying at the Eastman School of Music. I know that you will enjoy hearing from her, too.

Sharp Ears with Christine Goerke

In this series from WXXI, musicians offer access to their inner lives as listeners.  Enjoy a short conversation with leading dramatic soprano Christine Goerke, who earned high praise for her starring role in the opera Ariadne  in Naxos this summer at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown. 


Sharp Ears with Laurence Tallman

In this series from WXXI, Rochester musicians offer you a guide to listening. As many students and teachers are headed back to school, we turn our attention to the important listening that goes on in classrooms.  The guest is music teacher Laurence Tallman, who says both teachers and students have had a profound impact on him.

Sharp Ears with Terry Fonda Smith

In WXXI’s Sharp Ears series, you’re getting exclusive recommendations from musicians on who is worth your time and attention.  The guest in today's podcast is oboist Terry Fonda Smith.  Terry plays principal oboe in the Penfield Symphony, and teaches oboe at Hochstein and privately.

Sharp Ears with Paul Shewan

Rochester’s top musicians guide you to the artists most worth your time in this series.  One of the busiest musicians is Paul Shewan, a Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and the Orchestra.