The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is playing Mahler‚Äôs Symphony No. 4 this evening and Saturday night (I‚Äôll be there on Saturday). Just by chance, I happen to have a few cool Mahler links that I‚Äôve saved up for a rainy day.
Check out this time lapse of the stage being set for Mahler‚Äôs Symphony No. 8 ‚ÄúSymphony of a Thousand‚ÄĚ at Los Angeles‚Äôs Walt Disney Concert Hall.
My colleague Jessica Smithorn got the coolest Christmas present from her mom this year. It‚Äôs the ‚ÄėMusic Lover‚Äôs Handy-Dial Guide to the Great Composers‚ÄĚ ‚Äď a sort of secret decoder ring guide to classical music.
Hi! Happy New Year! Since it‚Äôs a time for new beginnings, perhaps it‚Äôs time for me actually to start keeping in touch and writing some things here. I‚Äôm not quite sure what it will be. Brenda describes it as a sandbox. A sandbox is a much more inviting notion than a blank page. Hopefully you can jump in and play too when you have the time.
No more procrastinating; let‚Äôs get started.
Here‚Äôs a cool new thing I learned this weekend. Danny Kaye was a conductor. Danny Kaye, the Court Jester, conducted the New York Philharmonic and other major orchestras.
November is American Music Month, and WXXI has been playing music by American composers throughout the month. I only just discovered this celebration when I arrived here, and it has been wonderful to get to hear a lot of American music, and to choose some interesting examples to feature on my programs in the afternoons and evenings.
In addition to listening to music, I love reading (sometimes about music, sometimes about time travel and exploding alien spaceships...). I have a few recent books I've enjoyed that relate to American music. Here are my suggestions if you want to do a little reading, in addition to listening. I'd also love to hear if you have any suggestions that I should add to my reading list!
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