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Crystal ball

Happy New Year! Our Distinguished Committee on Future Delights presents these cultural events for you to look forward to in 2008:

JANUARY

You don’t even have to leave the house. Tonight (January 2nd) at 8:00 p.m., hear the final broadcast concert from the 2006-2007 season of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on Classical 91.5 FM (or streamed at wxxi.org.) Christopher Seaman conducts Pictures at an Exhibition.

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New Year

When I started blogging in October, I did it for my own pleasure. I saw it as an absorbing way to think out loud about classical music, flex my writing muscles, and pass on information that isn’t exactly newsworthy, but worth something. I really like doing it, and hope you like reading it.

Even though I set out to write for myself, I’ve become increasingly fascinated by the number of readers drawn to each post. I can see this number, which most can’t, and you might be surprised by what’s attracted the most attention.

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News of Roger Wilhelm, director of Madrigalia

The former Music Director of the Rochester Oratorio Society, Roger Wilhelm, had a very serious heart attack during the early hours of Christmas Eve morning. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and was placed in a drug-induced coma for 48 hours. As of today, he was taken out of the coma and has had a miraculous improvement and is now alert and able to speak.

Wilhelm is currently serving in his last season as Music Director of Madrigalia.

His family asks for prayers – no visitors, no flowers. If you wish to send greetings, please send to Roger’s home address: Roger Wilhelm, 4280 East Ave. Rochester , NY 14618.

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The Hour of Charm

An inspiration for Andre Rieu? What makes Evelyn's violin magical? And why is Phil shushing his All-Girl Orchestra?

I thought you'd enjoy this old flyer I picked up at the Yankee Peddler Bookshop in Rochester.I thought you'd enjoy this old flyer I picked up at the Yankee Peddler Bookshop in Rochester.

For more charm, click here: http://musicology.typepad.com/dialm/2007/12/im-wasting-time....

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Christmas Eve Post

I've been so busy with the holidays that I missed the fact that Alex Ross named the RPO's new Gershwin CD one of the best of the year! (Read more here: http://www.therestisnoise.com/) Finished The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand last night. Today I'm playing my last services as the choirmaster and church organist at my Episcopal church. I have barely enough time to wipe away a tear of bittersweet relief before the whirlwind of visits begins. Wednesday, off to Ohio to visit a college friend. I hope to post a few times over the next week, including Things to Look Forward to in Rochester in 2008. Merry Christmas to you!

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Don't hate her because she's beautiful

Those who think classical music is kinda sexless, boring, or soulless haven't heard soprano Danielle de Niese. She sang Messiah last weekend with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Rochester Oratorio Society.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcVg1UtQLNQ

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Brooks & Duffy (aka Dead Air, Part Two)

Maybe it's the season. Maybe it's the fact I've already gotten into the eggnog. Whatever it is, I refused to become stressed over the fact I still had a program full of dead air as of 3 p.m. today.

(Actually, it's because I had a backup program recorded - just in case. But that sounds so boring.)

The good news is, I won't be using that recorded program until after Christmas.

Both Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks will be here tomorrow to talk about economic development in downtown Rochester.

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Have Yourself a Gerry Christmas!

It’s that time of year, time to consider the people you care for most. Whom do you love? Whom do you want to spend time with? Whom do you HAVE to spend time with? Are you happy? What does that mean, exactly?

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Eleni

You might've read my recent post about Rochester composer Cary Ratcliff. He's writing an opera for children's chorus and chamber orchestra that'll be performed in San Diego in the spring.

Cary got more good news this week. He writes,

“I wanted to share with you the news that Eleni has been selected for the New York City Opera 'VOX' showcase of new operas this May 10/11. Half an hour of Eleni will be performed un-staged by their singers and 60 (?) piece orchestra. A giant thanks again to all who have helped to move this work toward some hoped-for production. Now I gotta finish up that full-orchestra orchestration...”

Congratulations, Cary!

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New Year's Resolutions

Ahhhhh. It's that time of year again. No, I'm not referring to the season of joy and giving when we celebrate holidays with our family and friends. I'm talking about the end of the year when people start reflecting on the past 365 days and look ahead to the year that is yet to be. They bid adieu to the past 12 months and say hello to fresh faced Baby New Year.

I happen to believe that people can be divided into two groups: those who believe in making New Year's Resolutions and those who abhor the very thought them.

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