Blog Posts on Music

Marian McPartland at the Movies - Director interview

Pianist Marian McPartland is a familiar and beloved presence on public radio stations across the country, due to her long-running program Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Documentary filmmaker Huey spent four years chronicling McPartland's life and music, including the radio show and her compositions in the film In Good Time, The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland.

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Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society in Rochester

Radio static in the dark. A bandstand shaped like a boom box. Sounds of different stations as this radio wandered the dial. The shadows of the band creating these radio sounds.

Then Esperanza Spalding strolled out onto the stage of Kodak Hall of Eastman Theatre, where she played bass, sang, and led her band through Saturday night's musical journey as part of the Xerox International Rochester Jazz Festival.

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Philip Glass on the River in NYC

Composer Philip Glass turns 75 this year, and his birthday is being celebrated with concerts throughout the year, and even a singalong

Nicholas DiCarlo, a friend from West Virginia living in New York City, posted an invitation to a free, outdoor Philip Glass retrospective along the river in Rockefeller Park on Wednesday. I couldn't make it across the state to join him, but he kindly shared his pictures from the concert and wrote up a few thoughts.

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Legato

Legato    adv. & adj. Abbr. leg.

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From the Top presents its first International program

From the Top’s first international show in Bogotá, Colombia last week was a collaboration with the Batuta National Foundation (Colombia’s national youth music program) and the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia (Colombia’s national youth orchestra), and was one of the most inspiring and rewarding journeys we have ever experienced.

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Three Random Artifacts, Bobblehead Included

I.  GLASS ART

You could own an original piece of visual art by composer Philip Glass.  He donated a 6” X 6” piece to the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue in Rochester.  The gallery’s director Blue Cease sent this picture of the back of the work:   

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Viola After Dark - Saturday Night Fever

Violist and composer Kenji Bunch payed tribute to Robin Gibb with his last selection on the Viola After Dark concert last Saturday night at the Miller Center during the International Viola Congress in Rochester. The video below is too awesome to keep secret: 

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Viola-mania

Got viola?

As I walked over to Eastman this morning to get some (iced) coffee, I saw a number of people with instrument cases. This week, of all times, I felt pretty safe in assuming that these cases were holding violas, and not violins.

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With deepest apologies to Giuseppe Verdi

I’m no athlete, but I do love a good physical challenge.  Maybe that’s why most of my family members scatter when I pull out maps and boots for hiking.

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