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The Power of Music, the Power of One

While reading through my emails, I found one slugged "Touching story RE: Andre Watts."  It both broke my heart and reaffirmed all that we can do with music, and with TV.  I was once told that Andre Watts is a great and generous man.  This confirms that beyond all doubt.  Enjoy.

http://www.artsjournal.com/creatived/2009/11/public-concert-private-musi...

 

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The Ying Quartet is in the house!

This is a big year for the Ying Quartet.  Tomorrow, they take part in the grand unveiling of the newly-refurbished Narzareth Arts Center, accompanying a new work by Garth Fagan Dance.  In October, they begin the complete Beethoven cycle, and Frank Huang gives his premier faculty Kilbourn Hall recital in November.  Today, the Ying Quartet return to Studio E, with a new line-up and a new sound. 
 

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Another giant falls

Erich Kunzel lost his battle with cancer today.  We have lost a friend.

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Life, loss, music

She has called me twice, declining to leave a name or number.  She doesn't like choral music.  That, she says, is too much like church.  If I want listeners, I should be playing waltzes, marches, and peppy overtures.  I say that doesn't fully represent life, or our listeners.
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Bringing opera to kids...NOT!

Dad was out of town at a college reunion, so we decided to take a trip to the movies to see the new Harry Potter with friends.  Lights go down, trailers start, and then...one began.  A young lad is climbing out of a taxi, ubiqitous ominous  music thudding under the images...well, you can see it for yourself.
 
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A lovely shade of Bronze in the summertime

The email was delivered a few weeks back:  Backstage Pass was a finalist in the Radio division for New York Festivals.  We just didn't know what we won.  We waited.  The word came on Friday, and it was Bronze!
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The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet was in the house, and boy can they play!

The LAGQ came to town for multiple concerts, both with your RPO and without, and master classes at the Eastman School of Music.  Much to our surprise and pleasure, they agreed to appear on Backstage Pass.  We got ready.

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So? Where's the hype this time?!?

Mozart turned 250, and you couldn't turn around without banging your shins on another recording of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.  Mendelssohn turns 200 and...not so much.

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The pleasure was ours

As Thankful Music comes to a close, and our Holiday Songbook is opened, we move through the last musical phase of 2008...without a wonderful interpreter of Christmas music.

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Grateful listening

Chris Van Hof had an idea.  We liked it.  We're running with it, and you can help!

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