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Big Ears

What does "avant-guarde" mean in 2015?  Good question.  This piece on The Newshour caught my attention for a couple of reasons. First, it involves the Kronos Quartet still being amazing.  Second, Rochester is absolutely ready for a music festival like this.

The many facets of David Diamond

This morning I sat down to talk with Peter Elliot, a friend and former neighbor of the late composer David Diamond.  At Jines on Park Avenue (with the fabulous mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe eating breakfast only a few tables away!) Peter pulled out a white plastic bag stuffed with treasures: a whimsical letter from David to his kid brother (see picture below), the first Diamond LP he owned, and a fistful of old photos of the composer spending time with the Elliot family on Edgerton Street.

"This is Mr. Copland's House"

During my sojourn to Copland House, I talked with pianist and Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin. In this podcast, you'll hear the story of how a grassroots movement saved Aaron Copland's house, how the composer thought to honor his favorite teacher in his garden, and how the house serves to promote the creation of new music. 

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Aaron Copland

I recently made a pilgrimage to the Copland House north of New York City.  It's pretty much as he left it: simple, rustic, and woodsy.  A little musty.  Watch this space for more, including an interview with the composer-in-residence, Stephen Snowden, and enjoy this scrapbook.



Behind the scenes at the Met

You would think walking into the Metropolitan Opera House would be a serene experience.  But not this past weekend.  A double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” had been already canceled because of a blizzard warning.

Secret lives of penguins

This week I’m taking a couple days off to rehearse with a choir for a concert this coming weekend.

Sharp Ears with Mark Davis Scatterday

Mark Davis Scatterday is professor of conducting and conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Wind Orchestra at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Sharp Ears with Constance Fee

Your Sharp Ears guide to listening is Constance Fee, the Vocal Program Director, Artist-in-Residence, and Associate Professor of Vocal Performance at Roberts Wesleyan College. 


Sharp Ears with Christopher Wilke

In the Sharp Ears series, Rochester’s top musicians guide you to the artists, composers, and recordings most worth your time.  Your Sharp Ears guide to listening is lutenist Chris Wilke.

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