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These are a few of my favorite things

There's nothing serious going on over here.  I came across some videos I thought you'd like.  Enjoy.  Then you can get back to that important work you're doing. 

"One must not make oneself cheap here - that is a cardinal point - or else one is done. Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance." - W. A. Mozart

Yes, these are some of my favorite things.

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Happy 80th Birthday, Arvo Pärt

Your friends at WXXI love Arvo Pärt!   Look for "Matthat," "Maath," and "Arphaxad" in this clever video produced by the Tallis Scholars.

Soprano Kathryn Lewek glitters at the Glimmerglass Festival

I hope you enjoy this wide-ranging conversation with Rochester Classical Idol winner Kathryn Lewek (taped in early August 2015) on a bunch of topics: playing a desperate woman in Candide, working with opera director Francesca Zambello, why her teacher Robert McIver says she's "still a baby," and what she appreciates now about her time at the Eastman School of Music. ~ Brenda

Ashbery Farm

When Garrison Keillor recently profiled American poet John Ashbery on the Writer's Almanac, he only said that Ashbery was "born in Rochester, New York" and "grew up on his family's fruit farm near Lake Ontario."  That made me curious.  I wondering out loud on Classical 91.5 FM where that farm might be, and several listeners e-mailed specifics.  Sue of Williamson, New York wrote:<

Painted Music

There are at least three great orchestral suites inspired by paintings - and I have a candidate for a fourth.

Living with David Diamond

Noal Cohen is a musician, jazz historian, and record collector living in Montclair, New Jersey. A retired chemist, he co-authored "Rat Race Blues: The Musical Life of Gigi Gryce" with Michael Fitzgerald.  He is David Diamond's nephew and offers a unique perspective on what it was like living with the acclaimed American composer.  I'm so pleased that he agreed to this exclusive online interview.  ~ Brenda Tremblay

Frogs and other Summer Music

Frog songs and links are better than boring apologies. Read on. 

Why this dog looks a little sad . . .


The reason? This handsome dog will be missing owner Bob Sneider, the hardest-working jazz guitarist during The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  He (Bob) hosts jam sessions every night with his Trio, among other things.  I caught up with Bob on the interwebs.

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With the Jazz Festival here again, this must be a crazy and fulfilling time for you.  How do you prepare for those late night jam sessions?

 There is no preparing for the jam sessions. Years of practicing and developing a repertoire of several hundred songs and flexibility to play them in other keys / tempos helps. Physically, I am a gym rat. I go to the gym every day during the fest. Swim and cardio vascular stuff. That helps with endurance. Being mentally alert and thinking about planning the sets and working the list of sitters-in is key. I do not drink at all — just water and coffee.