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Clara Rockmore and the Theremin

A couple of weeks ago, I put a recording on the radio of Dvorak's Humoresque – as played on the theremin by the great Clara Rockmore

A few WXXI listeners wrote in to comment about the recording, including Dave, who wrote: “I'd like to see it in action to better appreciate the technique & coordination - all the details.” I'm posting my response here too for anyone else who might be interested.

Jeremy Denk: Beethoven, Bach, Liszt at Eastman

Pianist Jeremy Denk is playing a recital tonight at 8pm in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. He’ll be playing music by Bartók, Liszt, Bach, and Beethoven.

Classical Music Internet Sillies

Classical music fans have been having fun recently with several silly internet crazes.  Here are a few highlights, with explanations via Know Your Meme.

 

More Musical Conversations

How's it going with you? As for me: continued Bach to Bach hits on the radio, roaming the Rochester classical concert scene, getting ready for Live from Hochstein, and chatting about music when I can. Here are a few of my recent interviews/features:

Ossia, Crumb, Guitar

Sungmin Shin is a classical guitarist and composer, working on his DMA at the Eastman School of Music. He's currently interning at WXXI with Classical 91.5 music director Julia Figueras.

Love and Libraries

In addition to books, the Rochester/Monroe County Public Library has plenty of recordings (and movies) to borrow. Music librarian Judy Schewe blog called Biblipod that features listening suggestions from their collection.

In Praise of “Backstage Pass” and an Invitation

When I first interviewed for a job here at WXXI in Rochester, one of the things I got to do was watch the making of the show Backstage Pass, hosted by Classical 91.5's music director Julia Figueras.

Talking Music: A few recent conversations

Isn’t it fun to talk about music? I’m always happy to chat (we can start a shouting match have a civil discussion over on Twitter or Facebook if you’d like).

Here are a few of my recent slightly more structured musical conversations:  interviews that were featured on WXXI’s Classical 91.5 Some of them are musicians in Rochester, others just stopping by for a visit.

 

Stravinsky in Rochester

“To have Mr. Stravinsky in residence for this past week, and conducting part of this evening’s program, we have brought to our students the most illustrious example of an individual who exemplifies both the knower and the doer. The impact of his presence upon the minds of our students is incalculable”

 – Walter Hendl, Director, Eastman School of Music
 

Rochester Classical Radar 2013 (Part 1?)

Cinema Paradiso was the last movie screened at the George Eastman House’s Dryden  Theater for two long months while they upgrade the theater (what do you think of that director’s cut?)

What to do now to avoid the dishes? The opportunity to see rare and classic films in a theater has been a real treat since I moved here, and some nights I was even lured me away from a few classical concerts.

Now, I’ll just have more time for music. If I get to even half of what I’ve written in to my calendar for the next few months, it will be pretty good.  Here are some of the things that I’m looking forward to the first two months of 2013:

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