Blog Posts on Music

Commercial Alert

They seem to come in waves.
 
Classical music pops up in commercial advertisements and disappears for awhile. Or maybe it’s just me. I don’t watch a lot of commercial TV, so when I happen to catch it in ads, I notice.
 
The other day, my ears perked at the sound of this ad featuring "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's Planets. Watch for the big bite in tempo with the music.
 
 
And how 'bout this classic?
 
 
 
What fun this must have been to put together! 
 
Thanks for checking out my blog. Incidentally, the opinions expressed concerning chocolate peanut butter cups ARE NOT endorsed by the WXXI Public Broadcasting Council, underwriters, or staff.  ;)
 
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Marian Anderson

The next time you visit Philly, check out the birthplace of American singer Marian Anderson.
 
The modest, nineteenth century, two-story house has Art Deco touches and a small basement, which the singer remodeled for enjoying music and hanging out with friends. Conductor Arturo Toscanini said she had “a voice such as one hears only once in a 100 years.”
 
In 1939, after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let her sing at Washington D.C.'s Constitution Hall, Anderson performed for 75,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial. 
 
 
 
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Hook and Hastings 1878 Organ

One of the oldest and most interesting pipe organs in town isn’t in a public space. It’s in a private home, a mansion on Mt. Hope Avenue near Highland Park.   Here are pictures!
 
 

 
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Classical music connections

We in Rochester are so blessed to have lots of resources right here in our area to enjoy great classical music.  The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Youth Orchestra, the Eastman School of Music and all of its ensembles, the Hochstein School, Madrigalia, Rochester Oratorio Society -- those that we all think of immediately are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many other great regional orchestras, choirs, operas, church and school music...too many to name individually. 
 
And now, as if this is not enough, satellite technology
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Steve vs. Stephen: Colbert disses minimalism

Stephen Colbert gets angered anytime someone snubs him.  In this case, Steve Reich's Pulitzer sets Colbert off. There's a brief commercial first, then the segment:
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NYC with no LVB, JSB, or FJH??

You always hear us ask "what would your life be like without classical music on the radio?"  Well, New York City might be about to find out.
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Not the university type

One of the finalists for this year's Pulitzer Prize in Music was a piece introduced last March down the Thruway. “7 Etudes for Solo Piano,” by Don Byron was premiered last March in Hallwall’s Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo.
 
But Byron didn't win. Steve Reich did. Steve ReichSteve Reich
 
Steve Reich's Double Sextet is "a major work that displays an ability to channel an initial burst of energy into a large-scale musical event, built with masterful control and consistently intriguing to the ear." That's according to the Pulitzer Prize committee, which awarded Reich the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Music for Double Sextet.
 
"The piece can be played in two ways," Reich told NPR Monday. "Either with 12 musicians or with six playing against a recording of themselves."
 
 
After hearing about the award, Reich said, "While they certainly gave it to composers, like, eventually, Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, John Adams ... there were a lot of very important people that they passed over who were not university types, and I'm not a university type. There's a bend in the road that happened, and that undoubtedly was part of my being selected."
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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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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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