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Frogs and other Summer Music

Frog songs and links are better than boring apologies. Read on. 

Music of Jennifer Higdon

When Jennifer Higdon came to Rochester as the composer in residence for the 2014 Women in Music Festival, her music was performed on a number of concerts throughout the week, including an “All Higdon Concert” at the Eastman School of Music Hatch Recital Hall.

15 Interesting Facts about David Diamond

Composer David Diamond at the piano
By Bridget Kinneary 

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is performing David Diamond's Fourth Symphony this week. This summer marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. Here are 15 things you may not have known about David Diamond. 

Having your own Pipedreams?

By: Bridget Kinneary

Nicknamed “The King of Instruments,” The pipe organ is extremely powerful.  When one hears music played by the organ on the radio (i.e. by tuning into Pipedreams Sundays at 8pm), the incredible complexity and sonic variety of the instrument is apparent. Pipedreams is an incredible program; it gives the listener an opportunity not only to listen to a wide variety music played on the organ, but to learn a great deal about the instrument.

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The tale of a poetic viola concerto

By Bridget Kinneary


Der Schwanendreher
is one of three major concertos in the traditional viola repertoire. It stands alongside William Walton and Bela Bartok’s concertos. This masterpiece will be performed on February 6th at 8:00 pm at Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music by winner of the 2014-15 Eastman Viola Concerto Competition, Sergio Muñoz. Sergio is currently in his first year of his Masters Degree at Eastman, where is also enrolled in the Arts Leadership Program. He studies viola with professor Carol Rodland. Learn more about Sergio on our Musicians of Rochester page.

Getting Involved

Do you sing? Do you play?  Do you want to sing or play? Looking for something to keep you out of trouble?

Dancing Flute (Listen and Look)

The NPR program From the Top is coming to Rochester to tape a show on March 19th at Eastman's Kodak Hall, and I've been interviewing a few musicians with Rochester connections who have played on the show.

Awards Season -- Musical Cats Edition

Grammys, Emmys, Oscars, whatever...I want someone to give awards to these cats: 


How do you get to Kodak Hall?

Happy new year! Any adventures in your world? I've been terribly lax about blogging, but I have been busy...

Pianos for Peace

You'll find a few pianos out and about around Rochester this month - and you're allowed (encouraged, even!) to play them. They're part of the Pianos for Peace project, which you can read and hear more about in this radio feature by WXXI News intern Sarah Tembeckjian. I saw one of the pianos this week at the Rochester Public Market, and I snapped a few photos. 

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