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HD Opera lovers invited to join the group discussion

If you love the Metropolitan Opera in HD - Met @ the Movies - you are invited to join a group of like-minded individuals on Facebook.  Check out the new group "Rochester Met @ the Movies Fans" where you can connect with others and even join a discussion.  Go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2726805992#/group.php?... to join the group!

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More HD Opera opportunities

WXXI is pleased to co-sponsor the presentation of The Little Theatre and Emerging Pictures presentation of International Opera in the Cinema.  Featuring new productions from world-renowned La Scala and Italy's other great opera houses, this series marks The Little's first venture into digital programming. 

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Saturday's Met at the Movies

This Saturday, October 11th, at 1:00 p.m. the Metropolitan Opera will present the next HD broadcast live in movie theaters across the country.  Richard Strauss' Salome will feature Finnish soprano Karita Mattila, Ildiko Komlosi, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser, baritone Juha Uusitalo as Jochanaan, and conductor Mikko Franck. 

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Met @ the Movies! What an Experience! You Gotta Go!

For two years I have been singing the praises of the Metropolitan Opera's LIVE HD broadcasts at local movie theaters (Met @ the Movies) based upon the input of folks who had attended. Then, last night I had my first chance to experience it at Tinseltown Theater on Buffalo Road. WOW!! Everything they said is true, and so much more.

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Renée Fleming & “Met at the Movies”

This morning’s Democrat and Chronicle reported that Sweden’s King Gustaf has awarded the 2008 Polar Music Prize to Rochester native Renée Fleming. You have the opportunity to see and hear Renée on the Big Screen in the very first Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre presentation on Monday September 22, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

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One more chance to see the Compass Quartet

Listeners and attendees at the January 20th From the Top event will have one final chance to hear an encore performance by the members of the Compass Quartet

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Classical 91.5 Welcomes New Afternoon Host

Classical 91.5 Welcomes New Afternoon Host

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Eastman Chandelier lowering

The lowering of the Eastman Theater chandelier marks the first step in renovation project.

The chandelier is lowered.: ©Andy Olenick fotowerks.comThe chandelier is lowered.: ©Andy Olenick fotowerks.com

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ER Symphony

Just nights ago I had the unexpected experience of spending about six hours in a hospital emergency room (no worries - everything ended up fine). However, while I was there, alone, awaiting test results, and desperately wanting to sleep, I found myself somewhat comforted by the ER Symphony I began to hear.

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Andre Rieu thrilled audiences

Last night the Blue Cross Arena was transformed with the glitter, lights and elegance of a Viennese Ballroom, while Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra delighted the audience with a spectacular show of waltzes, opera and musical favorites. Rieu's showmanship exudes energy and enthusiasm, and flows through each member of his group.

The audience, which filled the Blue Cross Arena about two-thirds full, swayed in their seats, and danced in the aisles when the traditional Blue Danube was played. By the end of the evening the audience had been completely transformed into (as Andre referred to Rochester) "the happiest audience in the world."

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