With the retirement of Simon Pontin from the Sunshine Show and Salmagundy, we at Classical 91.5 are for the first time in over 30 years having to look at what program content to choose to enhance our classical music service and maintain, and hopefully grow, our audience for the future. As hard as it has been for listeners - and staff - to say goodbye to a dear friend, this is a new era for Classical 91.5 and an opportunity to make our service even stronger for listeners of today - and tomorrow.
We in Rochester are so blessed to have lots of resources right here in our area to enjoy great classical music. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Youth Orchestra, the Eastman School of Music and all of its ensembles, the Hochstein School, Madrigalia, Rochester Oratorio Society -- those that we all think of immediately are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other great regional orchestras, choirs, operas, church and school music...too many to name individually.
And now, as if this is not enough, satellite technology
We've all seen reality television, but now the Metropolitan Opera presents The Audition the ultimate in reality programming. This behind-the-scenes documentary film by Susan Froemke follows several young up-and-coming opera stars for the week leading up to the finals of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions, competing for a cash prize and the chance to sing on the Met Opera stage. You can see a preview of the film by clicking on the link abov
When times get tough, the tough collaborate! Such was the case for the three-day, three-concert Pipedreams Live! event presented by WXXI-FM Classical 91.5, the Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the Rochester Theater Organ Society, February 13-15, 2009.
Craighead Saunders Organ at Christ ChurchLovers of the "King of Instruments" should mark your calendar for February 13-15, 2009, when Michael Barone comes to Rochester to host a Pipedreams Live! event. Working in partnership with the Eastman School of Music, the local chapter of the AGO and RTOS, three concerts will take place at Sacred Heart, Christ Church and the Auditorium Theater. All three concerts will be free and open to the public.
This morning on the Sunshine Show, Brenda Tremblay spoke with the President of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Susan WeberSusan Weber, Pres. NYSMMA (www.nyssma.org) about the upcoming conference to be held in Rochester. It got me thinking about the significant role that school music teachers play in the potential success and future of classical public radio.
Practice rooms are a-buzz and butterflies will be flying as the eight finalists in the Eastman School of Music Friends of Eastman Opera Competition prepare for the finals on Saturday, November 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
Today Classical 91.5 and the Hochstein Music School welcomed Chris Van Hof as the new host of Live from Hochstein. Chris began learning the ropes from temporary host Brenda Tremblay, and very quickly was ready to take the reins. Today, Chris welcomed the Kilbourn Saxophone Quartet to the Hochstein stage for a program of 20th Century music. Listeners heard Jack Marshall's Goldrush Suite, Astor Piazzola's Cafe 1930, and Faustin & Maurice Jeanjean's Quatour pour Saxophones.
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