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From the Top in Rochester

The national program From the Top is coming to Rochester, January 20, 2008. Want to know more?

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Books are your friends

As it gets darker and colder, you might have more time to settle down with books related to classical music. These are some gems I've enjoyed. I'd like to hear about your favs, too.

1. The Time of our Singing by Richard Powers.

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Trying New Things

Talk to Classical 91.5 Program Director Ruth Phinney

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From apple country to the Big Apple

A week from this Sunday, I’ll be off to New York City for the NEA’s 4th annual Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera. It’s an 11-day workshop in classical music and opera at Columbia University.

I read about the conference at artsjournal.com, and it got me thinking, whatever happened to regional music critics? Terry Teachout’s recent “Wall Street Journal” article on the fall of the credentialed critic and the rise of the dilettante blogger summarizes fears that regional newspapers have given up on covering the arts.

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I heard Voices

and they weren't just in my head.

Voices is the name of Rochester’s newish professional chamber ensemble directed by William Weinert. He also directs choral activities at the Eastman School of Music, so I had high expectations Sunday afternoon when I walked into the Third Presbyterian Chapel on Meigs Street. It’s an acoustically live space bathed in colored light.

The group performed three pieces by French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. He lived in the days when respectable men wore wigs, stockings, and high-heeled shoes.

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What I can't see, I think of often

A new RPO season kicks off Saturday, October 6th, and this got me thinking about Eastman Theatre and my own sense of the place. A couple of years ago, I got a tour of the performance hall built by Kodak magnate George Eastman. I had been there many times before, both as an audience member and a performer. But this was different, and I was pretty excited.
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It's a changing world...

...and that means citizens need to change too.

As I scan the country, there appears to be a need to redefine our roles as US citizens.

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First things first.

Hello there! My name is Andrew Wheeland, and I'm WXXI's Director of Interactive Services. My job here at the station is to help propel WXXI into the interactive future. Last summer, we brought a whole new look to wxxi.org, but there's much more coming.

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