Itâ€™s a daily joy to offer you the best recordings from the WXXI library from 6 to 10am, with arts news from Rochesterâ€™s rich cultural calendar, updates from NPR, the Mystery Piece at 6:40am, the Composers' Datebook at 7:20am, and the Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor at 8:20am.ï»¿ Hereâ€™s a look at whatâ€™s coming up in the next few weeks:
When Elizabeth Guaragna walks into a music agency and applies for a job, sheâ€™s stormed what she thinks is an enemy encampment. She accepts a position working closely for a man sheâ€™s been raised to despise, famed music impresario Alfred Rossiter, all the while barely understanding herself, her motives, or the reasons why she lies about her name and background.
Youâ€™ve probably heard the news. In a comprehensive front page story published in Sundayâ€™s Democrat and Chronicle, Stuart Low reported the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra may be facing an operating shortfall in excess of $700,000.
Music, what does it communicate? Is whatâ€™s clear to me clear to you? Is music just sounds? Then what does it communicate? Is a truck passing by music? If I can see it, do I have to hear it too? If I donâ€™t hear it, does it still communicate? If while I see it I canâ€™t hear it, but hear something else, say an egg-beater, because Iâ€™m inside looking out, does the truck communicate or the egg-beater, which communicates? Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?
â€¨-John Cage, Silence
Happy 100th, John Cage! What if share my own favorite experience with John Cage and his infamous 4'33"?