November is American Music Month, and WXXI has been playing music by American composers throughout the month. I only just discovered this celebration when I arrived here, and it has been wonderful to get to hear a lot of American music, and to choose some interesting examples to feature on my programs in the afternoons and evenings.
In addition to listening to music, I love reading (sometimes about music, sometimes about time travel and exploding alien spaceships...). I have a few recent books I've enjoyed that relate to American music. Here are my suggestions if you want to do a little reading, in addition to listening. I'd also love to hear if you have any suggestions that I should add to my reading list!
The Rochester Oratorio Society announced a commission this week in celebration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and other milestones. The ROS will commission composer Glenn McClure to write a piece including texts, instruments and musical resources from Ghana, West Africa, and Western New York.
Bill Frisell, a guitarist who for many years has been a favorite at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, has a new album out. It's a tribute to the music of John Lennon. He talks about it in this video.There are song samples here.
Iâ€™m constantly inspired by WXXI listeners! Your comments, memories, and observations about music are like signposts, pointing me in new directions. Your creativity is infectious, and your support kindles the best ideas.