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Frozen! Mornings this week on Classical 91.5

Looking out the window, I'm filled with delicious anticipation of cozy indoor pursuits.  It's 11 degrees, the trees are frosted, and it helps to embrace what Wallace Stevens called "a mind of winter."  Here we are. Inside. I hope you are keeping warm and well-occupied.  The National Weather Service is warning of the dangers of frost bite.

2013 IN REVIEW: CLASSICAL MUSIC’S YEAR OF EXTREMES

We started 2013 in conflict, and we ended the year in grief, processing two senseless deaths.

But in between, Rochester's music lovers witnessed great triumphs.

2013: A YEAR OF HIGHS

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and all good wishes to you

On Wednesday, December 25th, it's my pleasure to present WXXI’s annual Christmas morning special from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. 

I inherited the privilege from my late colleague and friend Richard Gladwell, who for decades, poured himself into crafting a beautiful playlist every Christmas morning. He was such an inspiration! 

Mornings this week on Classical 91.5

The holidays can feel like one giant To Do List, so I'm truly grateful for the calm beauty of music first thing in the morning, aren't you?

Gift ideas for your favorite music lover

Santa’s helpers have been busy creating gifts for all the musicians on your list.    For the little violinist, Barbie now comes ready to play her favorite Paganini Caprice.

 

 

Songs of Hope

 

I was totally inspired to meet and talk with Rochester home health aide Hope Dukie. She’s developed a unique personal ministry among the sickest and neediest among us.  Click the sound file below ("hopefeature.mp3") to hear her talk and sing.  (Our complete conversation will be available as a podcast soon at wxxi.org.)

Highlights for mornings this week on Classical 91.5

Brenda Tremblay presents inspiring classical music, recent performances by Rochester artists, and highlights from concert halls around the globe.  Plus interviews, classical music news, features, and the latest headlines.

The daily Mystery Piece airs at 6:40 am

Non-complacencies of the peignoir

At least once a day someone asks me, “What time DO you get up?”
 
Good question.  The answer is 4:00 a.m. 

What I did on my summer vacation

In my parallel life as a church musician, I have the privilege of playing the organ and directing a dynamic choir in a small town Episcopal parish.  Usually the choir disbands in July and August, and there’s not much going on between Sundays.  But this year, I started a non-religious music group called Summer Renaissance!

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