Chris Van Hof's blog

Making Rossini EVEN BETTER.

I think this video speaks for itself.  No need for me to infringe on it's amazingness.

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Trombone Spring Break!

Earlier this month, I was gone and off the air for a whole week.  I thought I'd try Skyaking for a bit--didn't work out so well.  After multiple bird strikes and $17,000 worth of skyaks destroyed, I decided on a safer endeavor and played racquetball.

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You Missed a Spot!

Every day for 5 hours at WXXI, I play CDs.  On an average weekday, I play 22 pieces of recorded music.  A rough estimate suggests that 97% of the recordings I play are produced in a studio, with the remaining 3% are recorded live in concert.

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Happy Holidays, or rather, "Feliz Navidad!"

Happy Holidays from your afternoon host guy on WXXI!  It's been a busy Fall, but now that the Winter is officially upon us, I thought I'd offer a little Christmas present to you.  The Eastman Wind Ensemble just toured to Michigan and Chicago, playing at the prestigious Midwest Clinic.

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How to be a complete band nerd...and totally rock out

The video game Rock Band lets you sing into a microphone that's plugged into your game console.  If you sing the right pitches and the right rhythms, you earn points.  A bored flutist recently made this stunning discovery:

 

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Back to blogging with virtual conducting!

It took something amazing to drag me out of my blogging hibernation, and this weekend I found it.

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Got a minute? 1000-year-long piece plays on worldwide

 The BBC reports today about a performance of an excerpt of a piece of music today.  Usually, this is not newsworthy.  I, for example, performed an excerpt of Bruckner's 7th Symphony this morning in the shower, and nobody even bothered to show up (my cat even ran away).  But this excerpt performance the BBC tells us about is a little different.
 

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The best 100 classical recordings...again...

 I heard a little feature by Frank DeFord on Morning Edition today that announced the beginning of sports' Ratings Season.  He's referring to college football and basketball's infatuation with weekly rankings, and how they really don't bear a whole lot of importance.  Right on cue, this list appeard from London's Telegraph ranking the 100 Best Classical Recordings.  

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A new way to wake up on Saturdays!

For many months now, Saturday mornings on WXXI have had a dearth of live, local hosts.  We've got some great programs, don't get me wrong, but something's been missing.   A lot of you mentioned this, so we here at the station got to thinking.  The answer arrives this weekend from 7 in the morning until 8, with the premiere of a brand-new program called Cadenza!  I'm very excited and honored to share that I'll be the host of the new program--live of course, and I wanted to let you know what to expect, and to invite you to participate in the show's development.

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Holst's trombone induces sheep birth

 We all know the power of the mighty trombone.  Noble, inspiring, breathtaking, the trombone has inspired generations of humans to great things.  Einstein listened to the "Tuba Mirum" from Mozart's Requiem when he finalized the theory of relativity.  Joyce played recordings of Bruckner while he wrote Ulysses.  Al Gore went to a Chicago concert right before he invented the Internet.  

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