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Books are your friends

I missed the bus home yesterday. After considering various options, I hopped the next one, knowing it would only take me halfway. The second, pokey bus dropped me off on a springy bit of green turf outside what was, is, and ever more shall be my favorite used bookstore. Oh, joy! I walked in with a light heart and about seven bucks.

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RPO's first downloadable album ever

Jeff Tyzik, speaking with Julia Figueras, just announced that the RPO’s new CD, HONOR: Portraits of America, will be downloadable. That's a first for the orchestra.

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How to be a classic snob

I’m not a huge Joel Stein fan, but his essay, “How to be a classic snob” is kinda funny. Especially the part about the giant hammer.

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Back from holiday

Can you say what you want?
Can you say what you want to be?
Can you be what you want?
Can you be what you want?

- Sufjan Stevens, "That Was The Worst Christmas Ever!"

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The Sound and the Fury

O Fortuna! Kodak’s ten million dollar gift earmarked for renovations to Eastman Theatre have sparked two debates. The first has to do with the future renaming of the space “Kodak Hall.” The second centers on whether renovations, scheduled for this summer and next, will actually improve the sound of music.

The morning after the Rochester Philharmonic and Oratorio Society performed Carmina Burana, two rather technical e-mails on the subject landed in my box. They are reprinted below the line.

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Secret Confessions from Skitty


Skitty says, “I had a fab time hearing the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra play for visiting U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi this week.”

See video here!

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Music for a Recession

"When times get tough, as in America during the Great Depression and the Second World War, music gets soft."

L.A. Times critic Mark Swed refutes that generally-accepted theory in an encompassing think piece, “Tough times call for tougher music.”

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The Singing Revolution

About once a decade, my mother announces she wants to see a movie on the big screen. The last one was “The Fugitive” with Harrison Ford. Before that, it might have been “In Search of Noah’s Ark.” She’s no film buff. So when she said she wanted to see “The Singing Revolution” over the weekend, I dropped everything and went to the Little Theater with my mom, my sister, and her Estonian friend Maarit.

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A conductor's last lark

Singers and audience members expressed mixed emotions before Madrigalia’s final concert of the season. It was the last one conducted by the choral group’s long-time music director, Roger Wilhelm. He received a standing ovation before anyone sang a note.

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