Craighead Saunders Organ at Christ ChurchLovers of the "King of Instruments" should mark your calendar for February 13-15, 2009, when Michael Barone comes to Rochester to host a Pipedreams Live! event. Working in partnership with the Eastman School of Music, the local chapter of the AGO and RTOS, three concerts will take place at Sacred Heart, Christ Church and the Auditorium Theater. All three concerts will be free and open to the public.
Looking over what was left off, quite a few could have been easily selected, and almost were. Sometimes it's just what strikes you at that moment. Next entry I'll visit some of the recordings that nearly made it into the top ten, and deserve mention.
Even with the strong competition, I'll stick with my top five as being deserving of mention of best of 2008. They were the ones that had great staying power throughout the year, all for different reasons.
2008 was a rich year for songs. In my last-day-of-the-year retrospective radio show, there was barely time for a third of the music chosen. New groups, seasoned writers, quirky styles and twists of imagination. A select number of these songs were found on albums that were strong all the way through.
What else separated the top ten from the pack...
• Clarity and depth of emotion in the writing and performance of a song(s).
One of my most important personal mantras is "Do not take yourself too seriously." In this spirit, I present to you Recession 2008: "Which Classical Composer Would Hypothetically Survive and Who Would Need a Government Bailout, The Tournament."
A recent concert-going experience caused a mix of emotion for me: pleasure, frustration, and ultimately boredom. It then forced me to ask the question: what's wrong with clapping between movements at a classical music concert?
The WXXI Tour of the Music Capitals of Europe begins Thursday as we leave Rochester for Vienna. I'm hoping to provide some pictures of the group, some of our destinations and also provide some audio. What will emerge depends a lot on what I'm using to create the blog. The pictures will be transferred from a Kodak Z1015 to my ASUS Eee microcomputer. I'm still working on using a BLUE 'Snowball' usb microphone to provide podcasting during the trip. I hope you can bookmark this page and check back occasionally to see how we're doing!