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 â€śAll Higdon Concertâ€ť at the Eastman School of Music Hatch Recital Hall.
Nicknamed â€śThe King of Instruments,â€ť 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.
Der Schwanendreher is one of three major concertos in the traditional viola repertoire. It stands alongside William Walton and Bela Bartokâ€™s concertos. This masterpiece will be performed on February 6th at 8:00 pm at Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music bywinner of the 2014-15 Eastman Viola Concerto Competition, Sergio MuĂ±oz. 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.
The NPR program From the Top iscoming 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.
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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